Tangled Roots: The Hunt for Dewitt Continues

And gets even more tangled.

I’ve found out who Graves Sumrell was, thanks to this conversation at RootsWeb between Bill Kittrell and Patsy Evans.  Thanks, both of you.  It also told me who Nancy Susan King’s parents were.  Interestingly, there are Kings on my mother’s side.  We’ll have to investigate that.

Were Stewart, James, and William brothers?  I have no idea.  If anyone does, please, please, pretty please, throw me a bone.

Stuart Summerlin appears in the War of 1812 Muster Rolls for Green County.  1814 Muster – 2nd Regiment – 9th Company.  Green County Census records for this time were destroyed when the Green County Courthouse burned down in 1887.

Besides all of that, I’ve found a few other Sumrells/Summerlins/Summerells in Lenoir County.  A Thomas Summerlin appears in both the 1800 and 1810 censuses.  The 1810 census tells us his middle initial was M and that he was born before 1755.  In the 1820 and 1830 censuses, we found James and William P. Sumrell.  William appears, again, in the 1840 census, as does Graves.

To add to the confusion, there are several Sumrells/Summerlins in early Pitt County in 1762 and 1764, including two named Thomas.

Despite the influx of Sumrell related data, we still haven’t found the extremely elusive Dewitt/Derritt.  Maybe it was a middle name?  The marriage record of James Sumlin and Margaret Stilley shows his parents as P. Sumlin and Matilda.  Something to think about.



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