Posted By:Karen Jolly
Subject:Re: William Jolly Rutherford County NC
Post Date:December 27, 2010 at 19:52:21
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Forum:Rutherford County, NC Genealogy Forum
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I'm very glad you asked that because it made me take a fresh look at what I have. Nancy J. Roberson married Noah Jolly in 1858, The Bondsman was R.H. Robertson. I was working with the idea that he was the bride's father, but I now have another theory. Noah and Nancy lived one dwelling away from the Drury Roberson family for at least 30 years (1860, 1870 and 1880 census records). So, I have a new theory. I think that Nancy's father and mother may have been Drury and Elizabeth and her grandparents R.H Roberson (her marriage bondsman) and Marinda (the 87 yr old woman living with her in 1870). Possibly, this should read "J."H. Roberson -- I'd love to see the original handwriting on the marriage bond. Unfortunately, I don't think R.H. Roberson could be your Richard Rober(t)son because he was living in 1858. I don't see any references to a Luke Rober(t)son -- sorry!

I found Drury Roberson in the 1840 Census, living next to John Robertson and John Robertson, Jr. and only a few dwellings away from John Jolly. A summary of the 1860 - 1880 Census records is set out below:

1860 Census:
Family 1:
Drury Roberson - laborer 48
Elizabeth 29
John 17
Adeline 15
Shadrach 13
Allen 19
Emeline 9
Henry 7
Jane 1

Family 2: (no relation that I can see)
John Wilson - blacksmith 51
Liddy 60
Sarah 15

Family 3:
Noah Jolly - Laborer 26
Nancy 20
Pery 8/12
Joseph Jolly 24 (Noah's brother)

1870 Census:
Family 1:
Noah Jolly - farmer 42
Nancy - keeping house 40
Sarah 7
Marinda Robertson 87

Family 2:
John Robertson - Farmer 24
Cassie - keeping house 25 (this is Noah Jolly's sister - Cassander)
Easther 6
Westin 2

Family 3:
Drury Roberson - farmer 57
Elizabeth - keeping house 65
Adaline - at home 25
Henry - at home 14
Jane - at home 7
Malinda 9
James 7