Hi! Being rather new to this I'd appreciate suggestions on how to best search for information on the following:
From family bible (a very poorly documented one!) Hite Burton (d. 1916 Aiken Co.) X Ella Bryant (d. 1940 Greenwood Co. Children included a "Liny Bryant" so a former marriage for Ella is assumed. From family lore Ella was full Cherokee From family lore/immediate knowledge Children of Hite/Ella : Mamie (b Abt 1900 m. DYCHES in NC), Elijah (b. Abt 1902), Barbara (m. "Speck" Rhodes), Jimmy, Ben b Oct 4, 1913/1914, Tommy Lee & Albert
Digging thru the 1880 Census I have come up with one likely candidate: Hitower BURTON, age 16, son of David BURTON (b. 1821 VA) and Lila ?? (b. 1834 SC). I've searched Hite, Hyatt, Hightower, and other various spellings. Unfortunately that's the ONLY record of this person I've been able to locate online after extensive searching.
This person being my "Hite" would make him about 36 when he started having kids...and about 52 at his death in 1916.
Ben's wife, NORA, after Ben's death in 1974 had an awful time getting Ben's birth certificate for survivor benefits and they finally reconstructed from afadavits & family records.
Suggestions on how I can best proceed with determining: a> correct parentage for Ben/Elijah/etc b> descendency for Hitower c> marriage info for Hitower d> whatever else I've not thought of! Appreciated greatly.