When Reuben Newton died without a will in New Hanover County, North Carolina in 1823, he left one minor child, named Susannah E. Newton.
In the 1820 New Hanover Co., NC census, Reuben Newton was listed as head of household, with one male between the ages of 26-45; a female less than 10 years old; and a female ages 26-45. It is assumed that the young female was his daughter, Susannah E. Newton.
On 11 November 1823, WILLIAM HERRING, Richard Parish, and Moses "Burdeaux" made a $3000.00 bond so that WILLIAM HERRING could serve as administrator of Reuben Newton's estate.
In the estate settlement, dated December 1825, William Herring and Susannah E. Newton, minor, were named as heirs.
In "Aldermans in America" the wife of Reuben Newton was reported to have been Margaret Bordeaux....she is not listed in any of the estate settlement papers, which I obtained from the NC State Archives in 2009. Was Moses "Burdeaux" related to Reuben Newton's wife?
How did William Herring become an heir of Reuben Newton? Did he marry Reuben's widow? If so, when?
Does anyone know anything about this William Herring?
And what happened to Susannah E. Newton? James "Burdeaux" was named as her guardian in 1826....was he related to her mother? John Larkins was named as Susannah's guardian in March 1830.
This is a real mystery in this Newton family - I would appreciate any help in solving it.
Janice Newton Thurmond, Marietta, GA
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