Well, well, well….(I know…don’t remind me…mighty deep subject for such a shallow mind) I solved one mystery this weekend for myself but lawdy have mercy did it ever create more!! I kept wondering why things did not tally out on my 5th great-grandmother, Charity Baker, born 1757, Franklin, North Carolina, married Josiah Eley and died in 1803. She listed herself as Charity Denby when she married Josiah in 1771 but according to court documents it wasn’t until Feb 1771 that James Denby was given guardianship over Charity. If that, being the case, it means she married at 14 and at age 19 James Denby was listed as her guardian. Her biological father died in 1776. She is listed in James Denby’s will but not individually as his children were. Josiah, her husband was also one of James executors of his will. So many trees on different sites has James Denby listed as her father and Patience Norfleet, his wife listed as her mother, which according to the documents are wrong, unless they are accepting them as her adoptive parents.
The following questions now arise – Why was James Denby given guardianship of Charity at age 19 when she was already married? Who is William Baker and where did he come from. Who is Charity’s biological mother? Does this mean I no longer have to search out the James Denby and Patience Norfleet lines but get on the trail of Baker? And last but not least….how the sam thunder do I list all this in my tree in order for it to be correct? Scratches head and sighs……I need a blame time machine to go back in time and be a fly on the wall during Charity’s life!!!