I'm looking for more verifiable informaiton about Reuben Compton, who was born around 1804 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia and died sometime after 1880. I am uncertain who his parents were but do know who his wife and children were. I'd like more information about any of them.
Here's what I do know: There were at least two Reuben Comptons born at about the same time in that part of Virginia. This has led to some confusion among researchers posting family trees online. I believe my Reuben may have been the son of either another older Reuben or of his brother Richard. According to several unsourced family trees online, these two were both sons of John William Compton, who descended from several generations of John Comptons going back to John F. Compton, a wheelwright who emigrated from England to Massachusetts in the early 1630s.
My Reuben Compton married Ann R. (Nancy) Farmer. At that time Nancy was a common nickname for Ann. In census records, she is listed as either Nancy or Nancy R. Compton. Nancy's parents were William Farmer and Tabitha Coates, whose family farm was near the Comptons in Pittsylvania County, as recorded in both the 1830 and 1840 censuses. William and Tabitha Farmer were married in 1802 and Nancy was born around 1810.
Reuben and Nancy were married on December 16, 1829 in Halifax County, Virginia. Reuben engaged in farming in nearby Pittsylvania County, probably raising tobacco. Their first child was David Reuben (Reuben Jr.), born on October 16, 1830. Eight more children followed: Permilia, 1833; Mary, about 1835; John, about 1837; Tabitha, about 1841; James, about 1844; Joshua, about 1848; Lafayette, about 1850; and William, about 1853. The Comptons were counted as residents of Pittsylvania County in the censuses of 1830, 1840 and 1850.
Sometime before 1860 Reuben and Nancy moved to northern Halifax County. In that year's census, they were recorded living with children Mary A., John, Tabitha, James, Joshua, and William. By then, David Reuben had married and moved to Tennessee and then Arkansas. Permelia, who would have been 27, is not accounted for in that census. Lafayette also was not listed.
Reuben and Nancy continued to live in northern Halifax where they were counted in the censuses of 1870 and 1880. The couple spent their later years with daughter Tabitha, her husband Robert Hancock and grandchildren William A. J., and Lola B. Hancock. Reuben and Nancy both died sometime between 1880 and 1900. The 1890 Federal Census records were lost to fire, and they do not appear in the 1900 Census.
Their daughter Mary Ann Compton married John McHaney Stone in 1867 and had four children. The Stones continued to live in Pittsylvania County. Mary Ann died sometime after 1900.
One of Reuben and Nancy's other sons, Joshua Powell, married Sarah Hunt in 1871 and had five children. Joshua also lived in Pittsylvania County until his death sometime after 1920. I have been unable to find records of any of Reuben and Nancy's other children.
I've posted my research on their oldest son, D.R. Compton on Ancestry.com and Genealogy.com. I'm seeking more information about any of this branch of the Compton family, their ancestors or descendants.