I found the Rorex, Evitts/Evetts, Adare and Watters families in a transcript of the 1850 Census in the Rootsweb archives...
Hint: The transcriber got the Rorex name wrong. James's household appears under the surname "Boase". If I hadn't of tried to locate Joel's future wife Ester E. Boaz, I never would have found them.
Since the age for James in the 1850, 1870 & 1880 Censuses all agree, it would appear that there were in fact two different James Rorex's. I think James Sr. was probably the father of James Jr. After reworking the family and comparing the members to the James Rorex family from the 1840 Census, the age ranges seem to fit perfectly...
1m, age 50-60 (James Sr.)
1m, age 30-40 (James Jr., son of James Sr.)
1f, age 30-40 (Parthenia, wife of James Jr.)
1m, age 20-30 (an unknown 2nd son of James Sr.)
1f, age 10-15 (Martha, dau. of James Jr.)
1m, age 5-10 (William P., son of James Jr.)
1f, age 5-10 (Mary Jane, dau. of James Jr.)
2m, age <5 (James W. & Andrew, sons of James Jr.)
1f, age <5 (an unknown dau. of James Jr.)
I know there was an older James than the one b. 1800, because 1500 acres of land in Smith Co., TN belonging to a James Rowark was sold for back taxes in 1804. ["Genealogical Abstracts from TN Newspapers, 1791-1808" by Sherida K. Eddlemon, 1988]
David Rorex, another claimed son of William Roark & Margaret Yost, also had land in Smith Co., TN, which he sold to Francis Parker in 1811 [Smith Co., TN Deeds, Bk. C, p.545-546] David then appears in Bedford Co., TN in an 1812 tax list before showing up in Lincoln Co., TN in 1820 & 1830 Censuses. He was also an overseer of road construction in Lincoln Co., TN in 1820 and served in juries there in 1826.
I have the exact date of James Rorex & Parthenia Parks marriage as April 1, 1827.
According to the 1850 Census information, William Evitts claimed to be b. 1822, IL instead of 1828, TN.
I would like to find out more about your branch of the Rorex family.
P.S. Martha could very well be part indian. Other members of allied families right around the end of the 1700's did marry into the Cherokee tribe. William Rorex, Jr.'s brother-in-law Samuel Keys, Jr. married an indian. Mary Ann "Polly" Black, grandmother of my ancestor Sarah Polson (wife of Samuel 'Sam' Rorex), was also an indian.
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