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Re: Benjamin J. Quarles (abt 1818 to 1865) Virginia-Alabama
Posted by: Myra Quarles (ID *****8424) Date: May 03, 2012 at 20:28:58
In Reply to: Benjamin J. Quarles (abt 1818 to 1865) Virginia-Alabama by Mark Quarles of 1174

Benjamin is a blacksmith in Tuscaloosa who makes many claims to the Confederate Citizens file. The slave schedules list a BJ Quarles of Tuscaloosa having 5 slaves. So this means he has some wealth that needs to be managed upon his death, which means he probably left a will. Fortunately, the Tuscaloosa County records were not destroyed, they have wills dating from 1821. So, here is the trick...hopefully get a copy of the will and probate, note the names of the slaves which usually pass from father to son, then try linking with African American Quarles who are searching for records. This is a variation on the theme of searching the neighbors, 10 to right and 10 to the left in any given census. In a quick overview of the neighbors in the 1850 and 1860 census I did see a couple of names which may place you back to VA. First there is a Powell...Quarles marry Powells in VA and there is Lampry which can take you to Bruswick County, VA where Quarles and Lampry are found on each others documents. Also living with him in 1850 is a John T Quarles age 40, probably a brother, you need to try to follow his trail. And there is a MH Chancellor living with him in the 1850 age 28 born VA. You need to follow his trail. I don't know where you got the information about his wife's name but I would keep my mind open to the idea that MH Chancellor might be her brother. Hope this helps. Myra


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