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Aaron Freeman and Mary Bentley Rowan County NC

Aaron Freeman and Mary Bentley Rowan County NC

Posted: 8 Oct 2012 5:12AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Freeman Bentley
Since most of my ideas regarding the ancestry of Aaron Freeman have befn disproved. The believed links to ancestors in Bertie are, in my view, disproved. I am starting anew with research on the early history of Rowan County.

I had believed that Rowan was settled mostly by people form Virginia making their way westward from Albermarle and Bertie.

I have come to believe that the settlers came mostly from PA and were Scots Irish or German. I found three people with Freeman surnames in the mid 1750's in Rowan, but don't have info other than they owned property and served in the militia.

I will add to this thread as I gain further information.

I solicit remarks and info from any one interested

My personal email address is Joe4777@aol.com

Joe Freeman

Re: Aaron Freeman and Mary Bentley Rowan County NC

Posted: 18 Oct 2012 7:15PM GMT
Classification: Query
I’m not related to any member of this family.

1940 is the last available census at this time.

Facts you should know about the early census records -
All census records [1790 – 1840] prior to the 1850 census ONLY listed the head of household; whether male or female.

NO specific age was stated for any family member
NO place of birth was stated – city, state, or country
NO city, town, or village is stated – only the county; however some census takers listed the township
NO street address was stated
NO marital status was stated – single, married, widowed, or divorced
NO family relationship was stated – brother, sister, cousin, son, daughter, wife, inlaw, etc…
NO occupation was stated
NO parental birthplaces are stated
NO race was stated [but assume “white”]

1850, 1860 & 1870 census records do not show family relationships, marital status or parental birthplaces.

Step children are not enumerated as “step” children
Adopted children are not enumerated as “adopted”
Grand children are not enumerated as “grand children”
Orphaned children were not enumerated as "orphan"

1850 is the 1st census that shows all family members

1880 is parental birthplaces and family relationships +++


Start with yourself and work - backwards.

Don't try to work from the 1700's forward as there isn't much data available.

Re: Aaron Freeman and Mary Bentley Rowan County NC

Posted: 3 Nov 2012 7:54PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Freeman
Hi Joe,

I'm one of those who went another route than the Bertie Co. Connection, and I've refocused my research on the old Rowan Co. area as well. I think Pennsylvania is one possibility, but there is DNA profiles that connect a James Freeman in Bedford Co. Virginia to Aaron Freeman in Rowan Co. North Carolina. The two families have no proven connection through records as of yet, but they are connected by a common ancestor through DNA. If you haven't visited the Freeman DNA project, it's a good sight to look at -- http://carnicle.com/DNA_Project//. Also, a great book that goes into the history of the old Rowan Co. area is Carolina Cradle: Settlement of the Northwest Carolina Frontier, 1747-1762 by Robert W. Ramsey. It talks about the early settlement, including the Pennsylvania connection you are refering to. When I first went a different direction than the Bertie Co. line, I got a lot of flack from people who insisted I was wrong. Glad to see someone else looking into possibilities.

Re: Aaron Freeman and Mary Bentley Rowan County NC

Posted: 1 Aug 2013 3:13AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Freeman
We are descended from Aaron Freeman/Mary Bentley as well, and my brother just ordered his DNA test to be in the Freeman study.

Re: Aaron Freeman and Mary Bentley Rowan County NC

Posted: 1 Aug 2013 3:17AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Freeman
We are descended from Aaron Freeman/Mary Bentley as well, and my brother just ordered his DNA test to be in the Freeman study.

Re: Aaron Freeman and Mary Bentley Rowan County NC

Posted: 25 Jan 2014 12:30AM GMT
Classification: Marriage
Surnames: freeman
Excerpt:

Early Rowan County, NC Marriages,
Submitted 21-Jul-1998 by Unknown
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Copyright. All rights reserved.
http://www.usgwarchives.org/copyright.htm
FREEMAN Aaron BENTLEY Mary 17 December 1769
FREEMAN Isaac FAGGOTT Agnes 19 January 1762
FREEMAN Russell GOOD Celia 1 September 1796
FREEMAN Sarah HALL Adam 26 March 1778
http://web.archive.org/web/20100618005347/http://files.usgwa...
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