Hi Deborah, I am researching my WEELDON/BROWN AA/Native family line of Wilmington, NC and getting nowhere-------no one has claimed kinship after 13yrs of searching so decided to do some branching out and looking at other genforums and find you w/many of the same surnames which are of interest to me. WOULD LOVE your BEARSE info as I am into RI genealogy and trying to find out if my WEEDENS(one of 26 various spellings for my line)have a BEARSE connection. Your SHADE DEVANE of Onslow, NC is another interest, as a HERRING was the mother of a GEORGE C S DEVANE who died in Wilmington and I suspect there is a connection there. Believe that a MATILDA WILDEN, Black, of Onslow, NC is also kin to my line, but am exhausted from posting w/no responses, and feel it is time to move on. Know the JARMAN(GERMAN)surname also connects. Hope to hear from you if you are interested----perhaps we can help each other. Sincerely, carol wheeldin warren.