I have just started following this line and don't really have much, other than what is in the census. My Elizabeth would have been born most likely in Tazwell County. She married Thomas Ward in 1821 in Tazwell County. Then they show up in Russell County in 1840 living just down from Thomas Sanders. He had two children other than Elizabeth that show up in the census George and Martin. I do suspect there are more. I also suspect that they may have been living with my Thomas Ward in Tazwell in 1820 (as there are a large number of unaccounted people, including some older folks,in the household. I have sent off to make sure they are not showing up anywhere else. In the 1850 Russell County Census, the William and Mary Ward that live just down from them is the son of my Thomas Ward and Elizabeth Sanders.
I do know that in the 1850 census Thomas (age 77 b. Maryland)is living with George and that his wife is a Mary "Polly" Parris (age 69 b. Shenendoah). Again, I suspect this is the Cheorkee line of Parris because of the spelling of the name and the location, but I have not had a chance to verify it. Family legend has always suggested that Thomas and Elizabeth's children were of Cheorkee descent. Thomas is also listed as blind under the pauper colum. I don't know where they are buried or death dates, but would love to if you find any additional info.
So sorry to hear about your mother and I hope you find some answers to help tie you to your roots. Will let you know if I find anything additional and would appreciate it if you would do the same.
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