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Re: Allen and Ann Robards of Granville, NC
Posted by: Beverly Date: January 19, 2002 at 10:13:52
In Reply to: Re: Allen and Ann Robards of Granville, NC by Jim Morgan of 307

Jim, Sure wish I could help, but that's the first time I've heard of "Temperance" Robards. Also the McFarlin surname.

AND the earliest mention I've found of the Robards name is when I found Nathadus (Nathaniel?) Robards in the 1850 census of Granville Co., NC as a 6 month old with his parents Allen and Elizabeth (Ellis) Robards. (Their last name is spelled one way on their marriage bond and another way on the census reports. But as recent as 1898, on the Hopkins County School Census, it has been spelled "Robards." (My husband's grandmother spelled her name "Roberts" on their marriage license. That's one reason it took us so long to find her parents, Nathadus and Lucy (O'Briant) d/o Zachariah (Isaac) and Rebecca O'Briant.)

No one in the family ever heard of the name being spelled "Robards." (Of course, none of them had begun any family research, either!)

There is an Allen Robards in the Epping Forest district of Granville Co., who is the age than my Allen's father could be, but I've not found any proof that they are truly connected. (The Allen who was Nat's father is listed in the Ledge of Rock district.)

Allen and Elizabeth were married in 1848 in Orange County. The person who is listed as bondsman/ witness/guardian/ parent is Sidney Ellis....I thought at first he was her father, but on examining census records for 1850 and 1860 I think it's more likely that he was her brother. She may have had a sister who was very near her in age.

If you have knowledge of any of these people, please share with me!


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