Re: William Berry Brogdon 1862 son of Celia M. and David Brogdon
The info you've sent is so interesting--thank you!This is why I believe that David Brogdon, husband of Sealy/Celia, was John Brogdon’s son:
1) I believe David was the brother of my gr-grandmother, Mary Jane Brogdon (ca1837-1895). Circumstantial evidence points to her being the daughter of John Brogdon of Marion, SC. Her son, my Great-Uncle John Brogdon (ca1866-ca1934) wrote in his 1907 application for Cherokee recognition that his mother was from Marion, SC. Additionally, that Mary Jane kept her maiden name and gave it to her sons, and she was part Cherokee. John did not know Mary Jane’s father’s name. He also said that Mary Jane had a brother named David, among others. This application info was the beginning point for my research.
2) The John Brogdon (1794-1890) family of Marion, SC, fits the description of Mary Jane’s family, per further writings of G-U John Brogdon. Several members of this family(e.g. Beaty, Harriet, Celia B., John, Eliza, Angeline, and John Sr.’s 2nd wife/widow Betsey), crossed the line into Robeson County and lived as Native Americans, some marrying into NA families there;
3) In 1860, David Brogdon, married to Sealy, lived near John’s daughter, Harriet Brogdon Jacobs, in Robeson:Harriet was household 267, David was 270. This was the last census before the Civil War.
4) 1830 and 1840 Marion SC censuses indicate that John had older sons that were not on the 1850 census. This David Brogdon is of the right age and in the right place to have been John's son. I’ve never found another David that matches the criteria so well. And I’ve done a lot of searching!
For me, that Celia took WB to Marion County is evidence that he was related to John Brogdon. As far as I can determine, John was the patriarch of the Marion County/Robeson County Brogdons. I haven’t seen any Reaves/Brogdon connection but they could have been related through marriage. I assume you don’t know Mrs. Reaves' maiden name or lineage.
Marion County, SC, and Robeson County, NC, are adjoining. In essence, they were just one big land. As mentioned above, several of John Brogdon’s children settled in Robeson. That is probably why David was there.
Regarding Sumter County, there were many Brogdon/dens there. Since I don’t know who the parents of John Brogdon were, I can’t say whether they were related. But since many early Brogdons lived in Granville NC before Brogdons were in Sumter, they could well have been of the same lineage.
John Bagnal Brogdon and family are pretty well documented. I don’t believe they were from Marion or Robeson. I believe David Brogdon was John’s son. My G-U John said his mother had a brother named David and this one fits. At this point, we might never find definite proof.
The John Brogdon family of Marion, SC, was relatively obscure. I have him envisioned as part Indian married to maybe a full-blood Indian. Back then Indian families were not recognized because they were supposed to be on the reservation in Oklahoma, even tho we know that many were not. They were listed on the census records as Mulatto or White. I haven’t found any land records, a will, marriage records, or any other kind of records for John. He probably was a sharecropper, maybe for the Betheas who were prominent in the area and now own Dothan Church and Cemetery where John is buried. After John died in 1890 his widow (his second wife Betsey) went to Robeson County with their daughter Angeline and lived near their son John. Since these people lived as Indians, I definitely believe they were of Indian heritage. Was there talk of David or William Berry being part Native American? Since he died when his son was so young, that fact might never have come to light.
If you would like more explanation let me know. Since I’ve been researching this for about 10 years and so much is circumstantial there is a lot to write. I don’t mind doing it if it would help.