I've been trying to track down a documented source for a phantom marriage report in about 1749 in Craven County that several researchers have posted without attribution, at least one of them saying he has no idea where he got the information. But I don't think he's making it up. The citation is for Phillip Lambert and Amy Pearsall.
I've checked all the sources I can put my hands on, outside of driving to New Bern, which might be my next step. I have been conducting frequent research at the library in Charlotte, which I'm told has the largest genealogy collection in the state. But no luck. The relevant volumes for Craven County appear in their online card catalog, but must have gotten shelved in the wrong place. Does anyone know whether there is a good record of marriages in Craven County for the time period in question? (A lookup would be terrific if anyone was willing to oblige.)
I believe this Phillip is likely the same as one who was born in Essex, England and immigrated, probably as an indentured servant, to the Norfolk, Va. area a few years earlier. It might have been a second marriage for him.
Alternatively, this might be the son of that Phillip.
There's also good reason to think that Phillip and Amy migrated west to Rowan County -- though quite possibly not to a portion of it that is Rowan County today. Their descendants seem to have been in Wythe Co., Va. by the 1780s and in southeastern Ohio by the 1820s.
Well, there's a bit of a dispute among Lambert researchers about whether this marriage ever took place, so finding this record would be enormously helpful.
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