Sometimes, I get obsessed with knowing. This entry documents my obsession with research and the insatiable need to know everything there is about a subject that intrigues me. It also is a supplement to the Last Will & Testament, A Survey blog under the Historian as Detective category.
Caroline Charlotte Green was married to Joseph Carson on May 16, 1814. Joseph left a will on April 18, 1817. Their marriage apparently did not last very long, but did produce two children, James G. Carson and a pregnancy. I have not been able to locate that second child in the records. It may have been stillborn or died in infancy. Caroline is on the 1818 tax roles as head of house and listed in the 1820 Census (presumably) under Estate of Joseph Carson. Joseph also apparently had another child, presumably by a free woman of color. Joseph referred to his child as his “natural” daughter. The designation of “natural” was often used to describe children born of plaçage relationships, formal unions between wealthy white Anglo-European men and freeborn women of color.
I found both Caroline and her siblings on the 1820 & 1830 Federal Census. Caroline had 50 slaves in 1830 to James Green’s 135 slaves. James was also master of Grove Plantation which still exists today as a farm in Adams Co. I read somewhere (but have not confirmed) that the original plantation house may have burned down in 1895. Matilda and James Railey owned 34 slaves and Eliza and David Wood owned none, though that might be a data entry error. Eliza C. Wood, a widow by the 1840 Census, had 85 slaves.
I found her brother, James’, grave listed in a private cemetery on their plantation, The Grove. His headstone gave his born/died dates as: February 24, 1789-May 15, 1832. Their sister, E(liza) C. Wood also had a grave marker: November 15,1792-April 3, 1851. Assuming Caroline was not the first-born, she could not have been more than 42 years old at the time of her death.
The cemetery also gives a possible answer to why Eliza Wood was given the sole use and benefit of Caroline’s carriage and horses. There are five grave markers of children born to Eliza and David Wood, none of whom survived past 4 years of age. One of babies only lived two hours.
According to a historical marriage website for Adams Co., MS (Mississippi State Genealogical Website, of MSGW, for short), I was able to find Caroline’s sister’s spouses. Matilda married James Railey on December 14, 1820. Eliza appears to have been married multiple times. Husband #1 Joseph Bowman- January 25, 1812; Husband # 2 David Wood- June 12, 1819. Both of these were confirmed on census records. Possible Husband #3 William G. Connor- May 14, 1846 (MSGW.org). While researching the Grove Plantation, I found two possible husbands to Eliza: Kinsey and Metcalfe. According to the Metcalfe Family papers, (the Metcalfe’s acquired the Grove in 1852), Henry Laurens Metcalfe (b. 1829), son of Dr. James Metcalfe, married Eliza C. Kinsey.
Husbands 3-5, I have not yet confirmed as actual husbands to Eliza C. Green Bowman Wood.
Another historian’s blog [http://www.vaiden.net/mead_lineage.html#abner], traced James’ father, Abner’s lineage back three or four generations. That same blog also connected the Green family to Andrew Jackson, placing his marriage to Rachel Donelson Robards, in Abner’s father’s Natchez home in about 1764.