U.S. States: North Carolina: Brunswick County
This is my Alfred, the Ward line is not as much a problem as my Robbins line. My grandfather, John C. Robbins, like your Alfred, just appeared from no where and produced all kinds of documents, except the one that confirms his parents. The only document that I have found, to date, that give his parents is his death certificate. On it his parents are listed as Thomas Robbins and Mary Penny and that he was born and died in Brunswick County, all census records I have found for him show that his parents were born in NC. During the time frame of his birth there was only one Thomas Robbins in Brunswick County but he was married to Elizabeth Swain, not Mary Penny. John is buried, between his 2 wives, Ann Beck and Nancy Jane Arnold in the Robbins Cemetery near Mill Creek Baptist Church in Winnabow. Many descendants of Thomas Robbins, born 1791, are buried in this cemetery, many of John C.'s descendants are buried there, including my parents, sister and 2 brothers. Most Robbins researchers reject or do not accept that these Robbins families are related. I keep asking myself, if they are not related why are they buried together in a family cemetery close to a church both families attended. I have some rejected ideas that have not been disproven. Like you, I believe the answer is out there somewhere, we each have to find our own answer. Will keep you in mind and would like for you to do the same for me.