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Re: VA March Family
Posted by: alice scott burris (ID *****5912) Date: October 16, 2002 at 08:51:41
In Reply to: VA March Family by Patricia Bradley of 580

Patricia,

I am not specifically researching the March family. I do, however, think the surname connects with my great grandmother, Ann Mariah Howell, who married my great grandfather, Jonathan Woodson Scott, in Gates County, NC on June 18, 1849. The surety and signer of their marriage bond was John B. March. I did some snooping about John and found that he married Margaret Elizabeth Babb in 1847 in Gates County. Then I went to the Gates County marriage bonds and found that there was an Anthony "March" Howell who married an Emily Williams in Gates in 1830; just three years before Ann Mariah's birth in 1833. This Anthony March Howell was not in the 1840 census in Gates County but found him in Southampton County, VA with two daughters who fit Ann Mariah and her sister, Harriet, ages. Also, I checked the Gates County marriage bonds for Babbs and found a James Babb who had married a Sarah Howell in 1795. Another "coincidence" is that John B. March's father, John March, married an "Annariah" Saunders in December 1785. The clincher was that Jonathan and Ann Mariah named their first born son Jack Anthony March Scott. The latter died as a child. I still have not figured out how these people all tie together but am sure John B. March did not help put up a thousand dollars surety bond for a mere friend! That was (and still is!) a lot of money in 1849! Also, the carrying through of the "March" and "Ann Mariah" names between the families. As you know Nasemond and Southampton Counties are spitting distances from one another as well as Gates County. Jonathan Woodson Scott was born and raised of Quakers heritage in Southampton County. He and Ann Mariah removed to Maney's Neck, Hertford County, sometime in the late 1860's. Again, Hertford is right next door to Gates County. There are just too many "coincidences" for there not to be a connection between the March and Howell families! What is your March lineage? Does any of the above ring any bells or have any connection to your March line? Please let me know as Ann Mariah has been my "brick wall" since her name is all I had to go on. Getting a copy of her marriage bond at least gave me some clues as to where I could start to find out her "story". Thank you in advance for any input or information you might provide. Cordially, ....


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