I am searching for information on my gggrandfather, William R.Tolbert/Talbert. The 1850 Clarke County, AL census states that he was born in Ireland and that he is 40 yrs. old, which, if true would make him born abt. 1810. I don't know anything about him before that census information which includes my ggrandmother, Nancy Rebecca Courtney Stewart Talbert, her two daughters from a marriage to Theelie Stewart and her two children by William (Mary & William)both under 5(I think). I have no idea when he arrived in the US and at which port. I found it interesting that at the age of 40 he is recently married (unless he was married before and I don't know of it)with a very young family. I suspect that due to his travels to the US and probably down to the south from some northeastern port he was delayed in marrying. Of course, all of this is guessing. He named his other children: Robert, Vicy (both named after Nancy's parents), James and Nancy Almeda. I thought perhaps he might have named the oldest two children (Mary & William) after his parents, since the next two were named after Nancy's parents. If this is true, then his parents would have been William & Mary Talbert. I do not know if they came with him to the US or not. I hope that you might know of this or maybe even a clue. You mentioned a church group arriving together, could he have come over with them? The 1830's would have been about the right time for a young man in his early 20's to travel alone, then enough time to get to AL and meet Nancy and marry in 1846, I think.
I would greatly appreciate any help you can give me. I've searched for years for information on him. It's almost that before the 1850 census, he did not exist. HELP!
Gail Tolbert Street
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