I’m going to take Randy up on his Saturday Night Genealogy Fun for August 8, 2009. Not because of the intent to document my ethnicity for that is very easy – to the best of my current knowledge, all (with the exception of 1) of my ancestors as far as I can trace have been black and former slaves. But for the intent of serving as a great way for others to find me should we have any shared ancestry I think this is an excellent idea!
My 16 great-great grandparents are:
1. Unknown? – I am not exactly sure who the father is of my great-grandfather Barfield Koonce. No name is given on his death certificate, and I’ve only found Barfield enumerated with grandparents. Maybe if we had the 1890 census I’d know more, but this is one of my genealogy brickwalls. Whomever it is, he would have likely been born around the 1850s in Craven County, North Carolina.
2. Caroline KOONCE was the daughter of James & Isaih Koonce. Caroline was born around January 1851 in either Jones or Craven County, North Carolina. After having my great-grandfather and at least one other child, Caroline married George C. West on March 18, 1891 in Craven County. She died August 12, 1928 in Dover, Craven County, North Carolina.
3. Thomas HOLLOWAY Jr. was born around 1853 in Wayne County, North Carolina. He was the son of Thomas & Phillis HOLLOWAY. He married Polly Hood around the late 1870s. The family lived in Wayne County in 1880 and I do not know when he died.
4. Polly HOOD was born abt. 1860 likely in Wayne County, North Carolina. Her mother’s name was Caroline. Polly died in Ft. Barnwell, Craven County July 16, 1916.
5. Samuel Becton LAWHORN was born abt. 1871 in Craven County, North Carolina. He was the son of Valentine & Harriett Lawhorn. He married Cora Cox on May 28, 1899 and according to the Lawhorn Family Bible died April 11, 1917.
6. Cora COX was born March 3, 1876 in Craven County, North Carolina. She was the daughter of Robert & Amanda Cox. Cora’s first husband was Samuel Becton Lawhorn whom she married May 28, 1899. After his death, she married neighbor Willie Morton on December 23, 1924. She died November 26, 1949 in Craven County, North Carolina.
7. Randolph KILPATRICK was born September 2, 1885 in Craven County, North Carolina. He was the son of Edward Kilpatrick & Violetta DONALD. In 1905 Randolph married Mary Maggie HARVEY. He died September 24, 1966 in Craven County, North Carolina. (His mother Violetta is reported by family to be half Native American, and her grandson told me a few years ago that she had hair all the way down her back, a trait that was carried down to all of her daughters. He remembers her from when she lived with him and his family and she died when he was about 15 years old. So, this would make Randolph 25% Native American.)
8. Mary Maggie HARVEY was born August 4, 1889. Her exact parentage is not exactly known, but according to family information, she was the daughter of two individuals that were both married to other people. Her father was Clayton HARVEY and her mother is said to be a DAWSON, but I’m unsure if that was her mother’s married name or maiden name. Mary died August 21, 1940, likely in Craven County, North Carolina.
9. William ROBINSON was born in September of 1830, likely in Columbus County, North Carolina. He may have been the son of Bob & Hagar Robinson. In 1855 he married Rebecca Toon. His date of death is unknown.
10. Rebecca TOON was born in May 1841, likely in Columbus County, North Carolina. Her parentage is unknown as is her date of death.
11. John LENNON was born approximately in 1854, likely in Columbus County, North Carolina. Another researcher has informed me that his parents were Josh & Barbary Lennon. John married Etta Lennon March 30, 1882 in Columbus County, North Carolina. His date of death is unknown.
12. Etta LENNON was born approximately in 1862, likely in Columbus County, North Carolina. The current thought on her parentage is that she was the daughter of Council & Elizabeth Abigail Lennon though I am not 100% sure on this. She married John Lennon in 1882 and married Isaac ROBINSON May 25, 1905. Her date of death is unknown.
13. Andrew D. MCNAIR was born May 5, 1866 in Edgecombe County, North Carolina. He was the son of Rufus Tannahill McNair and Mariah Wimberly. Andrew married Gracy Bullock around 1893, then after her death, married Bennie Slade. Andrew died February 10, 1930 in Washington County, North Carolina.
14. Gracy BULLOCK was born in March 1874 in Edgecombe County, North Carolina. She was the daughter of Lawrence & Chanie Bullock. Gracy’s date of death is unknown, but it was prior to 1910.
15. Anthony WALKER was born in May 1850, likely in Washington County, North Carolina. He was the son of Prince Walker & Lovey Boston. Anthony married Martha Jane Baker on December 29, 1881. He married Winnie Walker between 1910 & 1920. Anthony died January 10, 1921.
16. Martha Jane BAKER was born in August 1853, likely in Washington County, North Carolina. She was the duaghter of Daniel & Frances Baker. Martha died between 1900-1910.