Posted By:Thomas Kerwin
Post Date:June 08, 2012 at 09:04:43
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I’m not related to any member of this family

It seems that you have some dates out of order ...........

You wrote "They were married in 1842 in McNairy Co. TN".

You also wrote - "Wiley BRANTLEY b. 1774 Nash Co. NC d. 1834 Blount co. Ala."

So, how can Wiley BRANTLEY be married in 1842 when he died 8 yrs earlier ??? Doesn't make sense.

1830 -
Name: Wiley Brantley
Home in 1830 (City, County, State): Blount, Alabama
Free White Persons - Males - 10 thru 14: 2
Free White Persons - Males - 20 thru 29: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 14: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 15 thru 19: 2
Free White Persons - Females - 40 thru 49: 1
Free White Persons - Under 20: 5
Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 2
Total Free White Persons: 7
Total - All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored): 7

1840 -
Name: W Brantly
Home in 1840 (City, County, State): Western Division, Blount, Alabama
Free White Persons - Males - 50 thru 59: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 30 thru 39: 1
Persons Employed in Agriculture: 1
Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 1
Total Free White Persons: 2
Total All Persons - Free White, Free Colored, Slaves: 2

Alabama Marriage Collection, 1800-1969
Name: Wiley Brantley
Spouse: Matilda West
Marriage Date: 31 Oct 1834
County: Blount
State: Alabama

U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900
Name: Wiley B. Brantley
Gender: Male
Birth Place: NC
Birth Year: 1817
Spouse Name: Margaret Ann Alexander
Birth Place: AL
Spouse Birth Year: 1822
Marriage State: of TN
Marriage Place: Blount County, AL
Marriage Date: 22 Jan 1839

Facts you should know about the early census records -
All census records [1790 – 1840] prior to the 1850 census ONLY listed the head of household; whether male or female.

NO specific age was stated for any family member
NO place of birth was stated – city, state, or country
NO city, town, or village is stated – only the county; however some census takers listed the township
NO street address was stated
NO marital status was stated – single, married, widowed, or divorced
NO family relationship was stated – brother, sister, cousin, son, daughter, wife, inlaw, etc…
NO occupation was stated
NO parental birthplaces are stated                     
NO race was stated [but assume “white”]
1850, 1860 & 1870 census records do not show family relationships, marital status or parental birthplaces.

Step children are not enumerated as “step” children
Adopted children are not enumerated as “adopted”
Grand children are not enumerated as “grand children”
Orphaned children were not enumerated as "orphan"

1850 is the 1st census that shows all family members

1880 is the 1st census that shows parental birthplaces +++