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Richard Heath – possible Duplin connection

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Richard Heath – possible Duplin connection

Posted: 12 Jun 2013 8:37AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Heath
Searching for ancestry of Richard Heath born in North Carolina between 1774-1784; d. 1852 Rutherford, Tennessee. Any leads and documentation as to who the parents are of this Richard Heath will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance – Ted Heath

I have the following info:

Power of Attorney 1853 (Gibson, TN) and deed documents 1855 (Rutherford, TN) list as descendants of Richard Heath (deceased): James Heath, Henry Heath, Richard Heath, Rebecca Heath, and Temperance Heath.

1850 U.S. Federal Census, Rutherford, NC, May District lists the following at the same household:
Richard Heath 66 M birthplace as North Carolina (p. 15); (b. 1784 calculated)
Rebecca Heath 75 F birthplace as North Carolina (p. 16) (b. 1775 calculated)

1840 U.S. Federal Census, Rutherford, NC, May District lists the following at the Richard Heath household:
1 male 5-10, 1 male 50-60 (b. bet 1780-1790 calculated); 1 female 20-30, 1 female 60-70 (b. bet 1770-1780 calculated)

1830 U.S. Federal Census, Rutherford, NC, lists the following at the Richard Heath household:
1 male 15-20, 1 male 20-30, 1 male 50-60 (b. bet 1770-1780 calculated; not consistent with 1840 & 1850 Census); 1 female 15-20, 1 female 20-30; 1 female 40-50 (b. bet 1780-1790 calculated; not consistent with 1840 & 1850 Census).

1806 Duplin, NC Early Tax List – Richard Heath
(If Richard were born in 1784 as suggested by the 1840 & 1850 Census, he would be 22 and old enough to be included on the Tax List)

1800 U.S. Federal Census Craven Co., TN
Richard Heath – 1 free white male to 9, 1 free white male 10 to 15, 1 free white male 45+; 1 free white female to 9, 1 free white female10 to 15, 1 free white female 26 to 44. (By this Census, Richard would need to have been born in 1755 or earlier.)

1790 U.S. Federal Census Craven Co., TN
Richard Heath – 1 free white male 16 and over, 1 free white female 16 and over, 2 other free persons (The ages are consistent with the 1830, 1840 & 1850 Census)

14 Jan 1786 - Richard Heath marries Ferebe Sherrard w/James Heath as Bondsman and WM Bryan as Witness in Craven, North Carolina. This most likely is not my Richard Heath - a 1786 marriage date is not supported by the 1840 and 1850 Census data, which places Richard’s birthdate as 1784 - he would be 2 years old. The 1830 Census could possibly support a marriage in 1786. By the 1830 Census, Richard’s earliest birth year could be 1770, which would make Richard age 16 in 1786. However, if born in 1774, Richard would be age 12 and if born in 1780, Richard would be age 6. Neither age supports a marriage in 1786. One source I have suggests that this Craven Co. Richard Heath was b. 1768 which would make him 18 years old at his marriage date.

1779 Craven Co., NC Tax List – New Bern District
Richard Heath, Junr $230
Rich,d Heath Senr 117 acres $500
(This is not supported by either the 1830, 1840 or 1850 Census. Richard if he was the Richard Jr listed, at the oldest (if born in 1770), would be 9 years and not old enough to be included on a tax list. Neither of these Richard’s are likely to be my Richard).

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