Hello cousin.....I don't hear much from this line. I haven't made any progress on tracing the family back in NC.
I would bet that the wife of your Taylor was the aunt of Sarah....have you ever found her maiden name?? Since Lavina died leaving small children, they seem to have been sent to live with relatives. I don't know what happened to William .... I don't have a death date for him.
We need to look for guardianship documents around that time.
Tell me more about what happened to Sarah...did she have a large family?Where did they live??
I got Susie's name from my grandfather's death record. Her husband, James Hickman, was also raised by his grandmother. His father Nathaniel died young and his wife remarried. James and his sister were left with their maternal Kemp grandmother when their mother remarried.
I look forward to hearing from you and learning more about Sarah.