Andersons of Colonial N. Carolina

meant what they said, said what they meant

Its just a white lie…

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Daughter of

George & Rachel Anderson

Born 1784

Died March 26, 1880

Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.

its just the George is George Griffis and not George Anderson.

Seems to be a bit of moral chicanery going on here…

My buddy David Gammon has been sleuthing around the Edgecombe Court Minutes lately and sniffed out this bit of inconvenient truth:

“George Griffis ordered to pay Rachel Anderson for begetting a base born child on her body.   August Court 1797.”

One can only wonder nowadays why it would take Rachel Anderson 13 years to seek a court settlement?

And who the hell was George Griffis of Edgecombe?

Written by anderson1951

February 12, 2022 at 5:58 am

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  1. I would think 1797 may be closer to the date of her actual birth than what the tombstone says. Usually bastardy charges were brought anywhere from the time the woman was found to be pregnant through 3-4 years after the birth (NC law set it at 3 years in 1814). The one other female in Rachel Andersons’ household on the 1800 census is under 10 years old; in 1810 the only other female is between 16-25 (b. 1785-1794). George Griffis is enumerated on the 1810 Edgecombe County census. More of a sin of omission than white lie but… yeah.



    February 12, 2022 at 9:14 am

    • David Gammon has always been sceptical about this tombstone… much like you. I admit a raised eyebrow myself. But I shall persevere in my quest to defend the old girl. Go Tarheels!

      Good Lord that was lame…
      Ummm… course we cannot exclude the chance that this was not her first trip to the rodeo… if you catch my drift.



      February 12, 2022 at 11:47 am

  2. 1810 Dranego District, Edgecombe, North Carolina
    M 45+; F 45+; 2M 16-25; F 16-25; F 10-15; M 0-9.

    ((missed you))



    February 12, 2022 at 4:32 pm

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