Fearless Females Blog Post: March 20 – Elusive or Brick Wall Ancestor

March 20 — Is there a female ancestor who is your brick wall? Why? List possible sources for finding more information.

My brick wall is my 3x Great Grandmother Zara Humphrey Jones.  It is possible that Zara was born sometime in 1810 in the state of Virginia.  I am unsure of the date but her children Hannah Singleton-Nelson Gilliam and Jane Ellis-Nelson Collins who were  born approximately 1830-1840.  The dates are never fully accurate because most of the time slaves did not know what year they were born in.  I have found multiple years for Zara’s daughters.  Zara married Benjamin Ellis Nelson and the year they started cohabitation are not clear.

Zara’s slave names are Humphries and Jones.  I need to go to the archives in Virginia and see if I can locate some slave records of some sort.  I hope to have the opportunity in the next few years, to visit Virginia and do an extensive search.

One of the documents that revealed Zara and Benjamin’s names were in a Freedman’s Bank application.   The other document that revealed the other Slave surnames were on my 2x Great Grandmother Hannah’s death record.