Fearless Females Blog Post: March 20 – Elusive or Brick Wall Ancestor

March 20 — Is there a female ancestor who is your brick wall? Why? List possible sources for finding more information.

My brick wall is my 3x Great Grandmother Zara Humphrey Jones.  It is possible that Zara was born sometime in 1810 in the state of Virginia.  I am unsure of the date but her children Hannah Singleton-Nelson Gilliam and Jane Ellis-Nelson Collins who were  born approximately 1830-1840.  The dates are never fully accurate because most of the time slaves did not know what year they were born in.  I have found multiple years for Zara’s daughters.  Zara married Benjamin Ellis Nelson and the year they started cohabitation are not clear.

Zara’s slave names are Humphries and Jones.  I need to go to the archives in Virginia and see if I can locate some slave records of some sort.  I hope to have the opportunity in the next few years, to visit Virginia and do an extensive search.

One of the documents that revealed Zara and Benjamin’s names were in a Freedman’s Bank application.   The other document that revealed the other Slave surnames were on my 2x Great Grandmother Hannah’s death record.

2 thoughts on “Fearless Females Blog Post: March 20 – Elusive or Brick Wall Ancestor

  1. I don’t know if this is your great-grandmother or not, but Best of Luck to you.

    Zarah Ann Humphrey
    Birth 01 Jun 1811 in North Carolina, United States
    Death 24 Jul 1873 in Chick Springs Township, Greenville, South Carolina
    1832 20 Dec
    Age: 21
    Lincoln, North Carolina
    Age: 39
    Greenville, South Carolina
    Age: 59
    Chick Springs, Greenville, South Carolina, United States
    1873 24 Jul
    Age: 62
    Chick Springs Township, Greenville, South Carolina

    Spouse & Children

    William Bluett Green 1811 – 1887

    James William Green 1826 – 1864
    Jesse Duran Green 1829 – 1925
    Sarah Green 1833 –
    John M Green 1835 –
    Jane Green 1837 –
    Pleasant G. Green 1839 – 1897
    Martha Green 1841 –
    Richard Green 1843 –
    Elizabeth Green 1845 –
    L Vardry Green 1847 – 1927
    Pinckney Alexander Sr Green 1850 – 1926
    Margaret Green 1852 –
    Emmeline Green 1853 –

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