After years of looking for our Grandmother; Nancy and her children on Dawes and Guion Miller Rolls we finally found her on the Slaves Rolls. I have read many Slave Narratives speaking of Full Blood and Â½ Blood Native Americans who were forced into Slavery, but I never thought our Grandmother would have been one of them.
Written history for Nancy handed down from family members was that she was never a Slave because she was Indian, so thatâ€™s how we searched for her.
Another family member left us what I call a Plantation Chart showing 3 plantations in Rockingham County, North Carolina that adjoined each other and the names of all the family members who came from each, from the times of Slavery to about 1950's.
The Timberlake plantation showed our Grandmother being involved with someone there, not being a Slave. Some of the other plantations in the area were Valentine Allen, John L. Lesuer, James Madison Scales and Thomas Settle, II. They all lived between the Mayo and Dan Rivers and all of their Plantations adjoined each other. The Timberlakes, Lesuers and Scales were related by blood and marriage. On the 1860 Rockingham County census record for Mary W. Timberlake stated the area was called Pleasant Grove.
Running into so many brick walls I decided to search for her as a Servant or Slave not knowing what we would find. I actually found the name of the Timberlake Slave owner in a Slave Narrative from Catherine and Porter Scales who were from Rockingham County, North Carolina from the James M. Scales plantation. Catherine called him Gus [Augustine] Timberlake. The woman Catherine Scales also in her Narrative mentioned that her mother; Lucy Ann was a Timberlake. We later found out that Lucy was a Slave with my Grandmother Nancy with the same Timberlake Slave owners.
Searching and finding that Augustine Timberlake last lived in Caswell County, North Carolina through census records in 1850. I tried contacting Caswell County for his Will but they said they were small and could not do searches.
In time I ran across a net friend named Patty who lives in Caswell County and she found his Will and Inventory records where he died in 1853. Augustine Timberlakeâ€™s wife; Mary W. Timberlake later moved to Rockingham County after selling their land in Caswell County and thatâ€™s how those Timberlake Slaves ended up in Rockingham County. Now we are looking for Nancy's parents with the other Timberlakes in Charlotte County, Virginia where Augustine Timberlake was born.
Here is a copy of the Inventory record just in case there are other people who had Timberlake relatives that were slaves in Rockingham and Caswell Counties in North Carolina.
Here is the information:
October Court 1853
An inventory of the estate of Augustine Timberlake, deceased, returned by Mary W Timberlake, Adm. with the will award. Sept 30th 1853. the home tract of land and premises containing 167 acres more or less.
The Hunt Tract of land in Virginia containing 70 acres more or less situated in the county of Halifax and within tract Negro slaves, Winston, Morris, Abram, and Teh?, Negro woman Betsey and her 4 children, Bob, Rachell, Sam, woman Saluda, Nancy and her 2 children, Allen and Martha, Sally and her children, Lucy, William, George, Mary Sarah, Ruben, Lizza and Amos.
1 barough and harness, 1 wagon and (?) farming tools of different kinds, 5 head of horses, about 15 head of sheep, 7 head of cattle, 2 head of hogs and crop of corn, oats, fodder, wheat, and tobacco. Household and kitchen furniture of different kinds. Cash and debts (?) due the estate. Cash on hand at time of decease $22.30. Cash collected by George W Thompson, Proceeds sale of tobacco of 1852, $307.28.
Bond of J R Smith 1,200 due 1st Jan 1854
Bond of F Watkins 26,000 due 25 Dec 1853
Bond of Abel & (?) 2,500 due 25 Dec 1853
Bond of Thos (?) 5,000 due 25 Dec 1853
Bond of A McKain 73 ------------------------
(?) 500 -------------------------
Signed by Mary W Timberlake, Adm.
(?) the (?) deceased
I hope this is helpful. If I was unclear about what a name of wording was I put that in italics and if I couldn't make out the word at all I put (?).
Just an interesting note, the George W Thompson named in this inventory may be the same Thompson that owned my husbands great, great, great grandparents.