Saturday, January 18, 2014

52 Ancestors: Hance Rector, Born Circa 1857, Madison County, North Carolina

The following is an excerpt of a paper I am writing on finding the birth parents of Hance Rector, born 1857, in Madison County, North Carolina. In said paper, I propose that Hance Rector is actually Hamilton Rector, born to James Rector and Jane Fortner of Madison County, NC. My hope in posting this is to find anyone who may have information to either confirm or dispute my theory.

"Hance Rector and Millry Grooms[1] (Millie or Emelia Grooms) were married on April 10, 1875 in Madison County, North Carolina, by Justice of the Peace J. Bradburn.[2]  Both were listed as being 18 years of age at the time of the marriage, consistent with the normal marriage age for the time. Witnesses at the union were Jacob Jarrett and Robert H. Rector.[3]

Seven children appear in the IGI Index for Madison County, NC records under the pair[4]:

George H. Rector                     born circa 1876
 

George H. Rector, circa 1900's, photo in possession of the author's aunt 
 

Malinda Jane Rector                  born circa 1878

Amanda Rector                         born circa 1883

John Wesley Rector                  born circa 1886

Garrison Garfield Rector           born circa 1893

Harrison William Rector           born circa 1893

Roy Mathew Rector                  born circa 1896

 

There was another child, James Harvey Rector, who was born in 1882 and was murdered in December of 1934 in McDowell County, WV. It is unclear why James Harvey does not show up in the IGI index, other than the fact that he went under the alias of John James after he murdered Charlie Davis over a poker game in 1911.

On July 17, 1877, we find that Hance Rector is granted land in Madison County, NC by a J.P. Rector and wife.[5] This date falls two years after his marriage to Millie Grooms.

“Hance Rectan” is found on the 1880 US Census for Madison County, NC.

Rectan, Hance, white, male, 23, farmer, born in NC

          , Millie, white, female, 22, keeping house, born in NC

          , George H, white, male, 4, son, born in NC

          , Malinda, white, female, 2, daughter, born in in NC

 
Next door, we find James Rector.

 Rector, James, white, male, 60, farmer, born in NC

                      , Jane, white, female, 60, keeping house, born in NC

                      , Katy, white, female, 14, daughter, at home, born in NC

                      , George, white, male, 12, son, farm laborer, born in NC

 
Hance is granted land by James and Jane Rector on August 15, 1885[6] April 9, 1891[7], and again on January 18, 1893.[8]  A transcription of the Madison County, NC deed made on August 15, 1885[9] finds James P. Rector and Jane Rector granting land totaling twelve and a half acres to Hance Rector that adjoins their own land, as well as the lands of Joseph Rector and Robert B. Roberts.

Moving forward to the 1900 U.S. Census for Madison County, NC, we find Millie Rector and family.

Rector, Millie, white, female, born March 1857, 43 years old, widowed

          , Amanda, white, female, born Oct 1882, 17 years old

          , John W., white, male, born Nov 1887, 13 years old

          , William H, white, male, born Oct 1893, 6 years old

          , Garrison G, white, male, born Oct 1893, 6 years old

Rector, Roy M, white, male, born Oct 1896, 3 years old

Rector, James, white, male, born August 1885, 14 years old, nephew, farm laborer

 
A Charlotte Observer newspaper article dated Wednesday, May 9, 1894 states that “Deputy Sheriff Hance Rector, while going along the Bear creek road last night about 10 o’clock to his home, was shot from ambush and instantly killed. George Roberts and his brother are suspected, but have not yet been found. The reason these men are suspected is that a feud existed between them and the dead man and threats had been made by them against Rector.” Only one other Hance Rector could be found in Madison County during that time period, a Hance Rector[10], born 1893 to George Rector and Sallie Lunsford[11]. This article would explain why Millie Rector was widowed by 1900.

There is still an issue, however, with the listing of Roy M Rector’s birth date of 1896. The North Carolina Index to Delayed Birth Certificates lists both Garrison Garfield Rector[12] and Harrison William Rector[13] being born on October 20, 1895 to Hance Rector and Millie Grooms. Millie lists the twins’ birth date as October 1893 on the 1900 census and backs up the claim by listing them as seven years old. Given the nature of a delayed birth registration, it is possible that the twins were born in 1893, but were incorrectly registered as having been born in 1895. Roy Mathew, however, does have an October 1896 birth date recorded on both the 1900 census and the Index to Delayed Birth Registrations for Madison County. In said index, he is listed as the son of "Horace" Rector and Millie Grooms. The first possibility here is that Roy’s birth date is recorded wrong in both places and he was actually born in October 1894, which would be correct timing for Hance to have been the father. Another possibility is that another man fathered Roy Mathew in 1896, after Hance Rector’s death. A third possibility is that the Hance Rector listed as being murdered by George Roberts in May 1894 is not the same Hance Rector as Millie’s husband."


I go on in this paper to present evidence as to why I believe Hance Rector is actually Hamilton Rector, born to James and Jane Rector, but I still do not have direct evidence. What I do have is a solid preponderance of the evidence case! I welcome any and all information anyone has on this family!

Sources:

[1] Madison County, North Carolina. Marriage Records. County Records. File: “Hance Rector to Millry Grooms, 1875”; County Records Collection, Madison County, Marshall, North Carolina.
[2] Madison County, North Carolina. Marriage Records. County Records. File: “Hance Rector to Millry Grooms, 1875”; County Records Collection, Madison County, Marshall, North Carolina. J. Bradburn would have been Madison County, NC Justice of the Peace Joseph Bradburn.
[3] “Marriage Records,” online database, Rector Family (http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~rectorfamilies/Rector/Marriages.html: accessed 31 October 2013), marriage listing, Hance Rector and Milly Grooms, 10 April 1875; citing Madison County North Carolina marriage records.
[4] International Genealogical Index, CD-ROM database (Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1993), North American Region, entry for Hance Rector, born 1857, reference number F5800089.
[5] “1800s Grantee Index,” online database, Rector Family (http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~rectorfamilies/Rector/1800sGranteeIndex.html: accessed 17 October 2006), deed listing, J.P. Rector and wife to Hance Rector, 17 July 1877; citing Madison County, North Carolina, Deeds G:387.
[6]  “Book T, Page 273,” Rector Family ((http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~rectorfamilies/Rector/BTP273.html:accessed 17 October 2006), deed transcription, James P. Rector to Hance Rector, 19 August 1885; citing Madison County, North Carolina, Deeds T:273.
[7] “Book T, Page 273,” Rector Family ((http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~rectorfamilies/Rector/BTP273.html:accessed 17 October 2006), deed transcription, James P. Rector to Hance Rector, 9 April, 1891; citing Madison County, North Carolina, Deeds T:273.
[8] “1800s Grantee Index,”
[9] “Book T, Page 273,” Rector Family ((http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~rectorfamilies/Rector/BTP273.html:accessed 17 October 2006), deed transcription, James P. Rector to Hance Rector, 19 August 1885; citing Madison County, North Carolina, Deeds T:273.
[10] 1900 U.S. Census, Madison County, North Carolina, population schedule, Marshall township, p.2A, family number 22, Jeremy Lunsford; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 14 February 2013); citing FHL microfilm publication 1241205.
[11] “Marriage Records,” online database, Rector Family (http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~rectorfamilies/Rector/Marriages.html: accessed 22 November 2013), marriage listing, George Rector and Sallie Lunsford, 17 August 1886; citing Madison County North Carolina marriage records.
[12] North Carolina. “Index to Delayed Birth Certificates,” digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 10 January 2014), entry for Garrison Garfield Rector, delayed birth record, citing 20 October 1895 birth.
[13] North Carolina. “Index to Delayed Birth Certificates,” digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 10 January 2014), entry for Harrison William Rector, delayed birth record, citing 20 October 1895 birth.


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2 comments:

  1. Hello, Piper. Hance Rector is in my family tree. In fact, we have 2 Hance Rectors, one of them being the deputy sheriff in the newspaper article. The other was my gradnfather's brother whose parents were George Rector and Sallie Lunsford. don't believe that Hance is Hamilton, and I think that the name Hance is a misspelling of the German name, Hans.

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  2. Hi! Do you have any clues as to who the parents are of deputy sheriff Hance or George Rector?

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