Do you know anything about Ezekiel's daughter Cynthia, b. c1830, who supposedly married James R. Padgett/Pagett? "Sintha Pagett" and three of her Padgett children were listed in Ezekiel's household in Appling Co., GA in the 1850 census. James R. Padgett, school master, was listed by himself in the household of Green B. Melton. Why were he and Cynthia listed in different households?
In 1860, James R. Padgett was listed Appling Co. in the household of widow Mary Crosby, along with two of his daughters (Martha and Mary), who had been listed with Cynthia in 1850. Eldest daughter Eliza Ann "Nancy" (my ancestor) apparently spent some time living with a Jasper T. Tuten (what was Jasper's relationship to Cynthia) in South Carolina, according to letters written by James R. Padgett in 1859, but the following year, Eliza Ann "Nancy" was living with Cynthia, who was listed as head of her own household in 1860, with 4 other children born between 1850 and 1860. If Cynthia and James were separated and living apart in both 1850 and 1860, who was the father of the 4 children born between those years? Also, in 1860, there was a farm laborer named Berry Crosby living in Cynthia's household. James was living in the household of Mary Crosby, so what is the Crosby connection?
By 1870, James R. Padgett had moved back to his home state of South Carolina, where he was listed in Richland Co. for the census of that year, as was eldest daughter Eliza Ann "Nancy" Padgett, who had married Everett Carter Harris in South Carolina in 1866. Cynthia was still living in Appling Co., GA in 1870, where she was once again listed as head of household in the census with 5 more children that had been born since the previous census, including 1-year-old twins. Again, who was the father of these children?
I'm going nuts trying to figure out what the "arrangement" was between James R. Padgett and Cynthia Tuten. Any ideas out there?