Monthly Archives: June 2015

Dead Man’s Debts

WHEN GEORGE RUSSELL died in 1791, he owned some people money. A lot of people money. Not too uncommon for North Carolina Estate Records. I had been wondering why I never encountered the Collinses in the Gates County records, but … Continue reading

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‘A Preponderance of Evidence’

IT’S BEEN A FEW YEARS now since I happened across a death record for Elvy Collins in Nansemond County, Virginia, in 1870 where his race was given as B. I had suspected that Elvy was a close relative because of … Continue reading

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Hertford-Norfolk

THE  COLLINS FAMILY of Hertford County, North Carolina, is of great interest, not only to me, but to anyone interested in North Carolina Native Americans. The reason for this is simple: in the 1900 US Federal Census, John Bembry Collins … Continue reading

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