Monday, March 20, 2017

Monday Is for Mothers: Sarah Sowell (1733 - 1809)

Sarah Sowell married William Hardy on November 26, 1751, in Bertie County, North Carolina; both were born in that county and never moved from it. During their life together Sarah and William had nine children--my fourth great grandfather John H. Hardy (1773-1854) was their second to last child.

[ A Map of the most Inhabited part of Virginia containing the whole province of Maryland with Part of Pensilvania, New Jersey and North Carolina. Drawn by Joshua Fry & Peter Jefferson in 1775. Printed for Robt. Sayer ... London.
Source: David Rumsey Historical Map Collection.]

[Detail of above map]

William died (apparently intestate) around 1793 and Sarah received her widow's share of his estate which included three enslaved persons, Dave, Pen and Rose early in 1794


We find her in the 1800 U.S. Census six years later as head of a household that included 12 enslaved persons.

[Year: 1800; Census Place: Bertie, North Carolina; Series: M32; Roll: 30; Page: 48; Image: 55; Family History Library Film: 337906. 1800 United States Federal Census [database on-line] Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Original data: Second Census of the United States, 1800. NARA microfilm publication M32 (52 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29.
National Archives, Washington, D.C.]

Sarah Sowell Hardy died in Bertie County in 1809, leaving a will which we'll look at on Friday.

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