Joshua Seale

Raising a Family

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While all of the hustle and bustle was going on with the United States not to far from Joshua and Ellender’s home, and Joshua busying himself with building a new life and making a living, Ellender might have the most important job, raising their family. When they arrived in Marion County, Mississippi, the couple had […]

History and Context

Never a Dull Moment

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We have seen that Joshua was busy making a home for and providing for his family.  But how was the rest of the family doing?  If you think they had a nice, quiet life on the banks of the Pearl River, well, you might want to rethink that! First, let’s take a look at the […]

Joshua Seale

Seales in Marion County

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Let’s see what else we can learn about Joshua Seale from his business dealings in Marion County. In 1813, Joshua paid  taxes in Marion County.1  As you recall, he sold property in his former home of Anson County, North Carolina in 1810, and then traveled to Marion County, probably arriving in 1812.  By 1813, he […]

Joshua Seale

Settling Down in Mississippi!

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Remember with me when Joshua and Ellender were still living in North Carolina.  He sold some property on September 6th, 18101.  This is the last evidence we have of Joshua and family living in North Carolina.  The next time they show up in the records is in 1812.  Joshua paid taxes in 1813 for 1812, […]

9th Centrury Travel

Floating down Ol’ Man River

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Our third option for the Seale family to travel to Mississippi was by river.  Traveling on rivers was the longest way to get to your destination because you had to follow the path of the river, which isn’t exactly straight.  Sometimes the river would flow the opposite direction from your destination.  If Joshua took this […]

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Over the Hills and Through the Woods…

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Another way Joshua could have taken his family from North Carolina is over land.  However, this was not as simple as loading up the family wagon and taking off to Mississippi. Even when we visit Wilderness Areas in America today, if we should happen to take off through the woods we do not experience the […]

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But Dad, How Will We Get There?

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There were three options for traveling across North America in the early 1800s.  You could go by sea, in a ship around the continent to your destination.  A traveler could go through the woods, taking the most direct path, but having to deal with natural barriers and other obstacles.  A person could also travel by […]

Joshua Seale

Heading South

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While Joshua and Ellender were busy raising a family, Joshua was also busy farming.  In 1810 he got the desire to move.  He sold his property in North Carolina and decided to move South, to Mississippi.1 The next record we have for Joshua was in 1812, when he paid taxes in Marion County, Mississippi. One […]

Census

What became of Alexander Seale

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What became of Alexander?  Did he exist or didn’t he?  Let’s take a look. If you have looked at the US Census before 1850, you might have thought that it did not tell you much.  Many of us rush over those early census documents, just using them to establish if our male ancestor lived in […]