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Friday, December 2, 2016


MOSES LINVILL was born about 1750ish in NC, where my LINVILL line was living at the time...
Now then, in the 1790 census... about 40 years later, he is in two places at once. Stokes and Surry County.... no, he was not a magician... The other Moses was probably a son or cousin of his at the time.... And the two appear again later in the 1820 census, one in Surry and one in Stokes... so there is no doubt at this point that one of the two Moses may not have been an ancestor of mine but was actually a cousin or son...  

Lets look a little further down the line to a definite ancestor of mine named Moses Linvill, who lived in Surry NC and married Henrietta White... Moses and Henrietta had a son named Robert who married Margaret Elizabeth Johnson in Surry NC... Moses was born about 1813 in Surry NC according to his 1850 census, and so he probably was not the Moses who was in the 1790 Census or the other Moses in Stokes County then either...   He also would not have been in the 1800 or 1810 censuses when the two older Moses Linvills were alive... He would have been in the 1820 census of Surry but the census people did not put needed facts on the census until 1850 and as only the head of house was listed in those early censuses, There were probably at least three Moses Linvills in the state that year...

Was he descended from the older 1750 Moses?  Could be. Both were born in the Surry District of North Carolina. I know for sure that the 1813 Moses married Henrietta White.... But who were his parents??? Different researchers have different theories on that... Pretty sure they were in Surry in 1813 though...

And while at least one of these Moses was in the War of 1812, it was probably not the one born in 1813. And the one born in 1750 was probably not the one who was in the Civil War.... Just because hints have the right name does not always mean that they are the same person...

There are at least three Moses Linvills in Surry County NC history, and at least one of them is my ancestor... Dont jump to conclusions... Keep digging and cite your sources...

See ya in the trees...


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