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Re: For Malcom Churchill, Regarding Charles Churchill Jr. in North Carolina
Posted by: Malcolm Churchill (ID *****4717) Date: September 26, 2011 at 08:47:10
In Reply to: For Malcom Churchill, Regarding Charles Churchill Jr. in North Carolina by Edward Kennair Jr. of 3037

Ed, I think the newspaper leaves no doubt that Charles' date of death was September 16, 1813, and that "Churchill Family in America" (CFA) made a simple mistake in writing 1818 for 1813.

Since 2006 a good deal of additional information has been developed on this family that substantially modifies the story of Benjamin coming to North Carolina. Much of this information comes from Perrah Yarborough (

Benjmain actually came to North Carolina around 1810 and married Henrietta "Aretta" Wood on April 19, 1811, in New Bern, Craven County, North Carolina. Benjamin appears on a Craven County tax list in 1815, but son James B., born in 1817, reported in the 1850, 1860, and 1870 censuses that he was born in Connecticut. Son Orin was born in New Bern in October 1819, and in the 1820 census the family appears in New Bern.

CFA states that Benjamin moved to North Carolina in 1818. This could be the date the family moved back to North Carolina after moving to Connecticut sometime after the tax list of 1815 was drawn up. Benjamin's self-professed trade was tinner, and Benjamin's father's cousin, David Churchill, was a renowned tin peddler who was living in the Bristol area. Also, an uncle, Ira Churchill, was living in Bristol. It may be that Benjmain and family moved to Bristol, where he learned to be a tinner, and then moved back to New Bern.

In short, Benjamin's original move to New Bern undoubtedly was influenced by his uncle's presence there, and we have a good general idea of his whereabouts between 1810 and 1820 without knowing precisely when and why he moved.


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