I found this on the net in the Ward family of Bertie Co.web page. I have emailed the poster to see where the info. came from.
"In July 1761 Aaron Asbell, son of Margaret Asbell was bound as apprentice to Thomas Ward to be taught the business of a cooper. In Aug 1764 James Asbell orphan of Margaret Asbell about the age of fourteen was bound until age 21 to Thomas Ward to learn the trade of a house carpenter."
I also found this in the NC Archives in a paper entitled
"Women in Colonial North Carolina: Overlooked and Underestimated BY ALAN D. WATSON*"
The case of Margaret Asbell of Bertie County, indicted ďfor Repeated Bastard Getting,Ē exemplified one of the many instances in which single women were arraigned for the consequences of their illicit actions.
6 Records of the Proceedings of the Vestry of St. Paulís Church, Edenton, North Carolina, 1701-1841, typewritten copy, State Archives; Vestry Book, St. Johnís Parish, Beaufort, 1742-1843, State Archives, hereinafter cited as St. Johnís Parish Minutes; Writ to Sheriff for apprehension of Margaret Asbell, July 16, 1756, Bertie County, Criminal Papers, 1734-1780, State Archives, hereinafter cited as Bertie County, Criminal Papers; Miranda, Travels, 14.
I went out to the Mormon Web page and the only listing I could find for a "Margaret Asbell" was one of Martin's daughters born about 1717.
"My Aaron" was supposedly born in 1760 which fits with his children's ages and his overland trek to SC in 1799...but what happened to this "other" Aaron?
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