Friday, September 2, 2016

An unusual Revolutionary account of a "mixed blooded" marriage

North Carolina Stokes County SS
Be it known that before me Charles Banner a Justice of the peace in and for the County aforesaid personally appeared Samuel Stewart aged about seventy-six years brother to the above named Jemima Harris [sic] he being a person well known for veracity & truth being duly sworn on this 28th day of May 1842 declares on his oath that it was always reported & believed in the neighborhood and Counties of Surry & Stokes aforesaid that the above named Nathaniel Harris [sic] Served in the capacity of a fifer & drummer in the Revolutionary War as stated by he is this Deponent's Sister in the foregoing Declaration, and further he states that he has just reason to believe that his said sister Jemima was lawfully married to the said Nathaniel Harrison by William Thorton who was a Justice of the peace in Surry County aforesaid which marriage happened shortly after the division of said County when Stokes County was cut off about the year 1790 that he was present at the marriage because his parents & the family were very much opposed to the match and his sister Jemima aforesaid secretly absconded from her parents in Stokes County living near the line of Surry County & went over to Esquire Thornton's who said he had married them together and that they were lawful man and wife, that this deponent's Father David Stewart was very angry at his neighbor Thornton Esquire for marrying Jemima his daughter to Nathaniel Harrison aforesaid as it was alleged that Harrison was mixed blooded, and appeared somewhat dark complexion, the said Nathaniel Harrison died upwards of 20 years ago in Stokes County and that Jemima his sister aforesaid is now his widow and a pauper in the poor house of Stokes & has only one living child named Peggy now a widow Grimes. Sworn to and subscribed the date above mentioned before me
S/ C. Banner, JP                                              S/ Samuel Stewart, X his mark

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