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Harvey Debord found Hawkins Co, TN 1850
Posted by: Pamela Morrison Sinclair Date: February 27, 2002 at 06:29:11
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In District 2, Family 88, I find

Harvey DeBord 22
Mary, 30
John, 21
Noah, 12
Andrew, 8
Elizabeth, 6
Harris, 4
Levi, 1

This seems a strange group. Who is the parent??

I am looking for an Elizabeth Sarah Debord, born before (probably) 43 (had first child 1858), somewhere in TN. That's all I know. She had children by a Jerry Patterson, whom I believe to be Jeremiah Patterson, b. 1833 GA to John Patterson and Jane/Jinny Chapman Patterson, and found last in the 1850 Gilmer census. I have never found Jeremiah/Jerry and Elizabeth Sarah together, I have never found Elizabeth Sarah at all, and have never found any of their children until after marriage. All four children were married in Gilmer county. Subsequent census reports them all as born in GA. The children in question are:

Elizabeth - b. 1858, married Osco N. Fain
John - b. 1863, married Martha Watkins Ledbetter
Mary - b. c.1866, married William E. Whitener
Andrew J., b. c.1869, married Julia Ann Terry

Now this family in Hawkins County, TN has both an Elizabeth of conceivably the right age, a brother (?) named Andrew that might be whom my Elizabeth named her son after. I realize this is a stretch, but I'm reduced to pursuing long shots.

So - does this Hawkins, TN family have meaning to anyone??

Also - I find it really interesting that the 1880 census CDs only shows one Debord family in Rhea county. I just can't believe I can't find Mary and Andrew at home w/ their parents in 1880. They were both under 15 at that point. So either Elizabeth Sarah was going by maiden name and they mistakenly listed children under same name, or they went into a cave when they saw the census taker. Or some other explanation I'm sure will be plausible once I find them :)


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