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Frederick, Ransom

Frederick, Ransom

Male Abt 1815 - 1888  (~ 73 years)

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  • Name Frederick, Ransom 
    Born Abt 1815  Person County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Occupation 1850 
    Carpenter 
    Occupation 1860 
    Farmer 
    Reference Number 249 
    Died 27 May 1888  Person County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I247  Caswell County
    Last Modified 14 Jan 2022 

    Father Frederick, John,   b. Between 1776 and 1794, Person County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1821, Person County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 45 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Vaughan, Lucy,   d. Person County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 6 Feb 1814  Person County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Reference Number 6796 
    Notes 
    • Marriage Bond Record
      Groom: John Federick
      Bride: Lucy Vaughan
      Bond Date: 6 February 1814
      Bondsman/Witness: William McKissack, Alex. Winstead
      Location: Person County, North Carolina
      Source: Person County North Carolina Marriage Records 1792-1868, Katharine Kerr Kendall (1983) at 31.

      Groom: John Federick
      Bride: Lucy Vaughan
      Bond Date: 06 Feb 1814
      Bond #: 000107518
      Level Info: North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868
      ImageNum: 008174
      County: Person
      Record #: 01 057
      Bondsman: William McKis
      Witness: Alex Winstead
      Source: Ancestry.com, comp. North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868
    Family ID F208  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Walton, Joanna,   b. Abt 1822, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1888 and 1900  (Age ~ 66 years) 
    Reference Number 3331 
    Children 
     1. Frederick, Cicero N.,   b. Aug 1839, Person County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1900 and 1910  (Age ~ 60 years)  [natural]
     2. Frederick, Matilda,   b. 12 Feb 1840, Person County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Jan 1924, Roxboro, Person County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)  [natural]
    +3. Frederick, Sergeant Arasmus Donald,   b. 8 Jun 1841, Person County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 May 1908  (Age 66 years)  [natural]
    +4. Frederick, Elizabeth Walton,   b. 13 Sep 1844, Person County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jun 1886, Person County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 41 years)  [natural]
    +5. Frederick, Lucy A.,   b. Abt 1848, Person County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dec 1899, Person County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 51 years)  [natural]
     6. Frederick, George W.,   b. Abt 1851, Person County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 27 May 1888  (Age ~ 37 years)  [natural]
    +7. Frederick, Leonidas Pointer,   b. 15 Sep 1854, Person County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Apr 1939, Person County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)  [natural]
     8. Frederick, Eliza T.,   b. Abt 1856, Person County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 27 May 1888  (Age ~ 32 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 14 Jan 2022 
    Family ID F43  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
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  • Documents
    Ransom Frederick Land Grant Original Record
    Ransom Frederick Land Grant Original Record
    Ransom Frederick 1865 Tax Assessment
    Ransom Frederick 1865 Tax Assessment
    Ransom Frederick Entry in Account Book, L. V. Hargis, T. V. Hargis, Point Pleasant, William Whitfield
    Ransom Frederick Entry in Account Book, L. V. Hargis, T. V. Hargis, Point Pleasant, William Whitfield

    Newspapers
    Ransom Frederick Letters at Roxboro, NC, Post Office 28 October 1840
    Ransom Frederick Obituary, The Roxboro Courier (Roxboro, NC), 14 June 1888

  • Notes 
    • Ransom Frederick (c.1815-1888)

      Account Book

      Ransom Frederick

      The_Roxboro_Courier_Thu__Jun_14__1888_

      The Weekly Standard (Raleigh, North Carolina), 28 October 1840, Wednesday, Page 4 - on Newspapers_Page_1_Image_0002

      (for larger image, click on photograph)
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      The above entry is from the account book shown. It appears that Ransom Frederick was paid for surveying work. This could have been as a chain carrier as no reference has been seen to him as a trained surveyor. His principal occupation apparently was a carpenter.

      Death Notice: The Roxboro Courier, Thursday, 14 June 1888: "At his residence in Person County, on Sunday the 27th of May, 1888, Mr. Ransom Frederick, age about 73 years. He leaves a wife, five children and many relatives and friends to mourn his death."
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      The Frederick Family History Omnibus Memorandum explores the history of the Caswell/Person County, North Carolina Frederick family during the 1780-1930 period. This document serves as a repository of much information (and possibly much misinformation). It is a working document and should be viewed as such.
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      Based upon available information, the following appears to be a reasonable description of the life of Ransom Frederick. The Frederick spelling of the surname is used for convenience and to make family relationships easier to understand. The actual spelling may be Fedric, of French origin. The surname also is seen variously as Fredric, Federick, and Fedrick. Also, the given name is seen occasionally as Ransome in a later generation. A middle initial "M" is seen in one secondary source.

      The ancestry of Ransom Frederick has been derived from both primary and secondary sources. No absolute evidence has been found documenting him as a son of John Frederick and Lucy Vaughan. However, (a) one published history indicates that relationship, (b) a John Frederick was living in Person County, North Carolina at the appropriate time (actually two with that name), and (c) there is an 1814 Person County marriage bond for John Federick and Lucy Vaughan.

      The birth year of c.1815 is uncertain. Census records give a range of c.1813 to c.1817. His 1888 death notice posted above states that he was about 73 years old, thus indicating a birth year of around 1815. While not confirmed, it is possible that he is buried at the Reuben Walton/Haywood D'Arcy Foushee Family Cemetery in Person County, North Carolina.

      Following is the secondary source that provides a working hypothesis for the ancestry of Ransom Frederick. It is from Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Mississippi, Embracing an Authentic and Comprehensive Account of the Chief Events in the History of the State, and a Record of the Lives of Many of the Most Worthy and Illustrious Families and Individuals, in Two Volumes, The Goodspeed Publishing Company, Chicago, Illustrated (1891) at 726-727:

      "Radford J. Fedric, a planter of Tallahatchie County, was born in Person county North Carolina in 1819, and died May 16, 1891. He was the son of John and Lucy (Vaughn) Fedric both natives of the same county, who spent all of their lives there, his father dying there in 1821. The latter was a planter and a son of John Fedric, a native of France, who came to America as a soldier with General Lafayette, and served under him until the close of the struggle, when he returned to France and brought his family to North Carolina, where he became a planter and lived there the balance of his life. But few of his descendants are left in the state. He was a man of fine education and exceptional abilities. Mr. Fedric's grandfather, Granville Vaughn, lived and died in North Carolina, where he was a planter. Our subject [Radford J. Fedric] was the third of four children-three sons and a daughter-born to his parents: Ransom M., became a mechanic, and lived and dies in Person County, N.C.; Ellen married, and lived in Guilford County, N.C., our subject was the next in order of birth, James M. enlisted in the Confederate Army in Virginia, and served bravely through the war."

      The foregoing from Goodspeed (published in 1891) is thought significant because it probably was written while Radford Jones Fedric (purportedly a brother of Ransom Frederick) was still alive, but published after his death. His second wife, Nancy Margaret Murphree was alive. Thus, the person who compiled this biography of Radford Jones Fedric had access to people who knew the history of the family because they had lived it. Radford Jones Fedric (or his second wife, and children by both wives) could have disclosed the names of his siblings, parents, and grandparents (only missing his paternal grandmother). Accordingly, the account of the Fedric family of North Carolina found in Goodspeed has been used as the working hypothesis for further research. Researchers are advised, however, that this hypothesis is just that, it has not been fully documented by primary sources.
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      With the foregoing caveats in mind, here is a summary of the life of Ransom Frederick:

      Ransom Frederick was born around 1815 in Person County, North Carolina, possibly to John Frederick, Jr., (1776-1794 to 1821) and Lucy Vaughan/Vaughn Frederick. When and where he married Joanna Walton (born c.1820-1822) is unknown, but their first child Cicero S. Frederick apparently was born August 1839 when Ransom would have been around twenty-four years old and Joanna would have been around seventeen-nineteen years old. Based upon census records, the couple eventually produced eight children. Ransom Frederick was a farmer and in 1840 was living in Person County. He had one child and owned one slave. He also was a carpenter and in 1850 was found in the household of Thomas Jefferson Reid in Caswell County, North Carolina, where he may have been doing carpentry work for that wealthy family. In 1849 Ransom had done work at the jail in Caswell County. In 1856, Ransom Frederick was granted 19.8 acres of land in Person County, North Carolina, along Story's and Richland Creeks. His slave holdings increased to seven in 1860. No record has been found indicating that Ransom Frederick served during the Civil War. In 1865 he was assessed federal tax of $1 based upon a "carriage" valued at $50. The 1870 census describes Ransom as a farmer with $100 in personal property, his wealth apparently substantially reduced by the Civil War. He continued to appear in the census records for Person County and died May 27, 1888. His burial location is unknown, but may be the Reuben Walton/Haywood D'Arcy Foushee Family Cemetery in Person County, North Carolina. Five children apparently were alive at his death, as was his wife. The five children known living on May 27, 1888, were. Cicero S. Frederick; Matilda Frederick; Arasmus Donald Frederick; Lucy A. Frederick; and Leonidas Pointer Frederick. Elizabeth Walton Frederick died June 16, 1886. This leaves George W. Frederick and Eliza T. Frederick.

      Ransom Frederick may be a grandson of John Frederick, Sr., who purportedly fought in the Revolutionary War under Lafayette. The paternal grandmother of Ransom Frederick may be Salley Stiles of Granville County, North Carolina. However, it also is possible that his mother was French and joined her husband in the United States after the Revolutionary War concluded. See the excerpt from Goodspeed above, which does not refer to Salley Stiles. It also is possible that John Frederick, Sr., was married twice.

      In 1991, Bob Frederick was attempting to identify the father of his ancestor Hezekiah Frederick. In so doing he researched many with the Frederick surname living in North Carolina at the appropriate time. In a 1991 letter setting forth his research, Bob Frederick included the following:

      "John Frederick who wed Salley (Sarah) Stiles in 1783 in Warren County, North Carolina and was living in Person County, North Carolina at the time of the [1800] U.S. Census with wife and five children, 3 boys and 2 girls. One son, the oldest, is at least 16 years old. This would be the right age for Hezekiah. In 1800, John is over 45 years of age, and is enumerated again in 1810."

      While obviously not a primary record, the above does show that one Frederick researcher believed that the John Frederick who married Salley Stiles was living in Person County, North Carolina at the time of the 1800 and 1810 censuses. Again, researchers are advised to proceed with caution and not to adopt this analysis as factual without further extensive research.

      As discussed above, note that the middle initial "M" has not been confirmed for Ransom Frederick and may have resulted from that letter being the last in the name Ransom. Also, the 1939 death certificate of his son Leondas/Leonidas Pointer Frederick, gives his name as William Ransom Frederick. While this has not been confirmed, note that a great grandson was given the same name: William Ransom Frederick (1916-1944). The informant on the death certificate was Mrs. J. N. Jackson, formerly Meadie Pointer Frederick, and a daughter of Leondas/Leonidas Pointer Frederick. Presumably, should would have know the name of her grandfather. However, note that the name of her grandmother was given incorrectly as Johanna Walters. The correct surname is Walton. She also would have known of the William Ransom Frederick (1916-1944) and may have assumed that the earlier Ransom was the namesake.

      Ransom Frederick and Joanna Walton Frederick had at least eight children:

      1. Cicero S. Frederick
      2. Arasmus D. Frederick
      3. Matilda (Itilda) Frederick
      4. Elizabeth Walton Frederick
      5. Lucy A. Frederick
      6. George W. Frederick
      7. Leonidas Pointer Frederick
      8. Eliza T. Frederick

      While noted above as a mechanic, at times census records show Ransom Frederick as a farmer. He also was known as a carpenter and, possibly, a builder. Note the following from Historical Abstracts of Minutes of Caswell County, North Carolina 1777-1877, Katharine Kerr Kendall (1976) at 75, which reports the minutes of the Caswell County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions October 1849 proceedings:

      "Ransom Frederick allowed $63.64 for enclosing the Jail."

      Justices present at this October 1849 court session: George Williamson; James Currie; and William Long. Note how Frederick was spelled in 1849. Whether this "enclosing" had to do with the structure or with erecting a fence or wall around the jail in unknown. Also, at the time of the 1850 US Federal Census (17 September) Ransom was found in the Caswell County household of Thomas Reid, where he may have been doing carpentry work. The census record identifies him as a carpenter. Reid was wealthy, had an expanding family, and was a neighbor of lawyer Calvin Graves in the Locust Hill area of Caswell County.

      In 1856 Ransom Frederick was granted 19.8 acres of land in Person County, North Carolina, along Story's and Richland Creeks, adjacent to the land of George Tapp, deceased. Why he was granted land, apparently from the state, in 1956 is unknown. Had he served in the Mexican War of 1846-1848 and this was his reward? However, would not a grant of land in North Carolina have been odd?

      In both the 1860 and 1870 US Federal Census reports for Person County, North Carolina, Ransom Frederick is listed as a farmer, In 1860 he had $3,000 in real estate and $4,467 in personal property. This was reduced to $100 in personal property in 1870. Note the substantially diminished holdings after the Civil War.

      Ransom apparently did not serve in the military during the Civil War. He would have been around forty-six years old. He did, however, have two sons who served in the conflict: Cicero; and Arasmus. The other sons would have been too young.

      The 1870 US Census shows Ransom Fredrick (age 56) married to "Jeanna" (age 48), with the following children: Matilda (age 27); Lucy (age 21); and Lea (age 16). Ransom was a farmer. Jeanna was keeping house. Matilda and Lucy were at home. Lea was a farm labourer. Their neighboring families were: Springfield; Tapp; Song; Winstead; Williams; O'Brian; Lea; and Peed. Ransom was a farmer with $100 of personal property. Ransom is shown as a male US citizen 21 years old or older and was the only literate family member.

      Ransom Frederick died 27 May 1888, but his burial location unknown. A Person County, North Carolina, deed dated 8 December 1885, shows a transfer of property from H. D. Foushee and wife Bettie W. Foushee to L. P. Fedrick and Ransom Fedrick. We know that Ransom appeared in the 1880 US Census and that the 1890 US Census does not include Person County, NC.

      The following, while not fully accurate is from the Bradsher Family History written by Eugenia Bradsher:

      The children of [Joanna] Walton and Ransom Frederick were Cicero, L. P., Matilda, Lucy, and Bettie. Bettie became the first wife of Haywood Foushee. A large family resulted from this union. Conspicuous among its members is Anna Foushee Clayton of Roxboro, whose husband was A. P. Clayton, former Register of Deeds of Person County and at the time of his death postmaster at Roxboro. They have several children now living in Roxboro.

      Of the remaining Foushee children, two have died. Edward had a family. Lessie, who married a Wrenn, is still living. Hugh married Augusta Trotter and died without issue. The other four are John, George, Susan and Bettie. All four are married and have families. L.P. Frederick married into the Dailey family, long noted for its devotion to the Methodist church. There was a large family of children, many of whom are contributing largely to the upbuilding of their county.

      Lucy [Frederick] married William Yallock. Cicero married Mrs. William Tapp. Matilda [Itilda] died unmarried.
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      Primary Sources

      1840

      1840 United States Federal Census
      Name: Ransom Federick
      County: Person
      State: North Carolina
      Free White Persons - Males - Under 5: 1 (probably Cicero)
      Free White Persons - Males - 20 thru 29: 1 (probably Ransom)
      Free White Persons - Females - 15 thru 19: 1 (probably Joanna)
      Slaves - Females - Under 10: 1
      Total - All Persons (Free White, Free Colored, Slaves): 4
      Persons Employed in Manufacture and Trade: 1
      Free White Persons - Under 20: 2
      Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 1
      Total Free White Persons: 3
      Total Slaves: 1
      Total All Persons - Free White, Free Colored, Slaves: 4

      1849

      "Ransom Frederick allowed $63.64 for enclosing the Jail."

      Source: Historical Abstracts of Minutes of Caswell County, North Carolina 1777-1877, Katharine Kerr Kendall (1976) at 75, which reports the minutes of the Caswell County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions October 1849 proceedings.

      1850

      1850 United States Federal Census
      Name: Rasom Fedrick
      Age: 33
      Estimated Birth Year: abt 1817
      Birth Place: North Carolina
      Gender: Male
      Home in 1850 (City,County,State): Caswell, North Carolina
      Family Number: 471
      Household Members: Name Age
      Thos J Ried 49
      Frances S Ried 36
      Maria P Ried 16
      Margaret K Ried 14
      Thos J Ried 12
      Lucy A Ried 9
      William H Ried 6
      James J Ried 3
      Fannie E Ried 1
      Rasom Fedrick 33

      1856

      Land Grant
      99 Frederick, Ransom 19 8/10 Feb. 21, 1856 Story's & Richland Cr. adj Land of George Tapp, dec., Charles G. Winstead, cc John Long, Robt. Westbrook
      Source: Person County North Carolina Compilations (Land Grants, 1794, 1805, 1823 Tax Lists, Record Books Abstracts 1792-1820, Letters of Attorney, Katharine Kerr Kendall (1978) at 21.

      North Carolina Land Grants

      File No. 99 (No. 176), Ransom Frederick, 19.80 acres on the waters of Storys and Richland Creek

      State of North Carolina

      Know ye that we have granted unto Ransom Frederick nineteen and eight tenths acres of land in Person County on the waters of Story's and Richland Creek. Beginning at an Ash and ______ Reuben Walton's corner in Tapp's line running thence east with said Walton's line eight chains and twenty five links to a pine stump and ______ said to by Byasees corner then south twenty four chains to a stake in Charles S. Winstead's line thence west eight chains and twenty five links to a rock, thence north on Tapp's line twenty four chains to the beginning. Entered 21st Febry 1856. To hold to the said Ransom Frederick his heirs and assigns forever. Dated 22nd Sept 1856.

      Wm Hill Secretary Th. Bragg
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      It appears that the property began at an ash tree where the land of Rebuben Walton and George Tapp came together, with the Walton land being to the north and the Tapp land to the west. From the ash tree the line proceeded east along Walton's line to a pine stump at the corner of land owned by what appears to be "Byasees." Thus, this Byasees owned the land to the east. From the pine stump the line proceeded south to a stake in Charles Winstead's line, thus indicating that Winstead owned the property to the south adjacent to the Byasees land. The line then ran west to a rock, presumably at the interesection of the Winstead and Tapp lands. The final leg was north from this rock along Tapp's line back to the beginning ash tree. The chain carriers apparently were John Long and Robert Westbrook.
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      1860

      1860 United States Federal Census
      Name: Ransom Fedrick
      Age in 1860: 45
      Birth Year: abt 1815
      Birthplace: North Carolina
      Home in 1860: Person, North Carolina
      Gender: Male
      Post Office: Hurdles Mills
      Value of real estate: $3000
      Value of personal estate: $4467
      Occupation: Farmer
      Household Members: Name Age
      Ransom Fedrick 45
      Joanna Fedrick 40
      Cicero Fedrick 20 (farm hand)
      Erasmus P Fedrick 18 (farm hand)
      Itilda C Fedrick 16
      Elizabeth W Fedrick 14
      Lucy A Fedrick 12
      George W Fedrick 9
      Leardoor P Fedrick 5
      Eliza T Fedrick 4
      Martha G Walton 53 ($3000 in personal property)
      Mary E Wood 21

      Ransom Frederick apparently owned seven slaves at the time of the 1860 census. Note that one slave was enumerated in the 1840 census (see above). The actual 1860 record clearly uses the name "Ramson." However, no Ramson Frederick is known to have lived in Person County, North Carolina, at this time. Thus, the slave ownership record is attributed to the Ransom Frederick of this entry.

      1860 US Federal Census Slave Schedules
      Slave Owner: Ramson Fedrick (Person County, North Carolina)
      Slave Information
      Age Gender Race
      60 Female Black
      40 Female Black
      16 Male Black
      12 Female Black
      10 Female Black
      9 Male Black
      6 Female Black

      1865

      1865 Tax Assessment (Ransom Frederick)

      (for larger image, click on photograph)

      U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918
      Name: Ransom Federick
      State: North Carolina
      Tax Year: 1865
      Article or Occupation: 1 Carriage
      Value: $50
      Rate of Tax: 1
      Amount of Tax: $1
      Assessor: Samuel Johnston
      Assistant Assessor: Jesse Wheeler
      Division: 1
      District: 5
      Roll Title: District 5; Annual, Monthly and Special Lists, 1866
      NARA Series: M784
      NARA Roll: 2

      1870

      1870 United States Federal Census
      Name: Ransom Fredrick
      Birth Year: abt 1814
      Age in 1870: 56
      Birthplace: North Carolina
      Home in 1870: Olive Hill, Person, North Carolina
      Race: White
      Gender: Male
      Post Office: Olive Hill
      Household Members: Name Age
      Ransom Fredrick 56
      Joanna Fredrick 48
      Matilda Fredrick 27
      Lucey Fredrick 21
      Lea Fredrick 16

      1880

      1880 US Federal Census
      Name: Ranson Fedrick
      Residence: Roxboro, Person, North Carolina
      Birthdate: 1823
      Birthplace: North Carolina, United States
      Relationship to Head: Self
      Spouse's Name: Joanah Fedrick
      Spouse's Birthplace: North Carolina
      Father's Birthplace: North Carolina
      Mother's Birthplace: North Carolina
      Race or Color (Expanded): White
      Ethnicity (Standardized): American
      Gender: Male
      Martial Status: Married
      Age: 57 [67] years
      Occupation: Farmer
      NARA Film Number: T9-0977
      Page: 165
      Page Character: B
      Entry Number: 1655
      Film number: 1254977
      Collection: United States Census, 1880

      1885

      Person County, North Carolina, deed dated 8 December 1885 that transferred property from H. D. Foushee and wife Bettie W. Foushee to L. P. Fedrick and Ransom Fedrick. Bettie W. Foushee be Elizabeth Walton Frederick who married Haywood D'Arcy Foushee, daughter of Ransom Frederick. L. P. Frederick may be Leonidas Pointer Frederick, son of Ransom Frederick. Elizabeth Walton Frederick Foushee died the next year.
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      Secondary Sources

      1. Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Mississippi, Embracing an Authentic and Comprehensive Account of the Chief Events in the History of the State, and a Record of the Lives of Many of the Most Worthy and Illustrious Families and Individuals, in Two Volumes, The Goodspeed Publishing Company, Chicago, Illustrated (1891) .

      2. Bob Frederick Letter (1991).

      3. The Roxboro Courier, Thursday, 14 June 1888.

  • Sources 
    1. Details: Person County North Carolina Marriage Records 1792-1868, Katharine Kerr Kendall (1983) at 31.