I am attempting to find siblings and parents of my great-grandfather, Thomas Batts who was born in 1831 and grew up on the Batts Plantation. I have learned from the responses that I have received that Hintons, Artis', Edwards, Bynums, Thornes and many others grew up there too. If anyone knows how the Batts and Thornes were related, please let me know.
Through DNA testing I am third cousins to descendants of the Thornes.
BTW, Thomas Batts was married to Mariah Jones and they lived in Wilson, NC in the 1900 census. They were parents of twelve sons and one daughter. Their son Wille Batts married Olivia Mercer and they were my grandparents.