Thanks for responding. Although I haven't found a definite connection, I feel that Aris Lunsford may have been a brother to Ephraim S. Lunsford (or cousin, nephew?) Although there appears to be approximately 10 years difference in the ages, the naming patterns are similar.
Another interesting detail is that a second male between the age of 26-45 was also listed in the household of Ephraim S. Lunsford, 1800 Richmond County. This male would have been too old to be the son of Ephraim. Have you identified him?
A William Lunsford was also in Chesterfield County in 1820 and 1830. He may have been the same William Lunsford who was in Richmond County in 1840. This William had a son named Aris and possibly one named Hiram. In 1860, a 7 year old Cullin Lunsford was listed in Richmond County, possibly a grandson to this William. I feel certain that Cullin Lunceford of Tuscaloosa County, AL was the son of Aris Lunsford of Richmond County, NC.
One other interesting fact...based on his Civil War record, Robert D. Lunceford, son of David Lunceford of Johnson County NC, was named Robert Darius Lunceford. The names Aris/Arius/Darius are very similar. Is this a clue?
There were Ledbetter families in Lauderdale County, TN. These appear to be closely associated with the Lunsford family that I'm researching. I'm trying to find documentation that proves that Aris Lunsford of Richmond County was the father of William Lunsford of Lauderdale County, TN. The Ledbetter family in Lauderdale County descended through Jesse Ledbetter and Sallie Little. One son was William Riley Ledbetter.
I have many unanswered questions regarding this family. Any help would be appreciated. Please contact me direct and we can share more detailed information.
Thanks, Debbie Yates
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