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I (Marty Grant) am not related to James Grant as far as I know.
James Grant was born ca 1809/10 (per 1850 census) in Gates Co, NC (per 1860 census).
I don't know who James' parents were. His 1860 census entry gave his birth place as "Gates Co, NC", and both his 1850 and 1860 census entry agree on a birth date of ca 1809/10. However, the 1810 census shows no Grants in Gates County (at least none were listed as heads of household). It is possible that his parents were there in 1810, but living with another family, so not listed on the census. I have speculated that James might be a son of a John Grant who was in Hertford County in 1820. John did have a son with him that year age "under 10", or born ca 1810/20, which could work for James. James did name his oldest known son "John", so perhaps this is his family.
James would have been under the age of "1" by the time of the 1810 census, assuming he was born by the time of the census. However, as I mentioned above, there were no Grants in Gates County that year (nor none in neighboring Hertford).
For the 1820 census, James Grant would have been about 10 years old. There were no Grants in Gates that year, but there was a John Grant in neighboring Hertford County. As I mentioned above, this John did have an apparent son "under 10" with him. This could be James Grant. I don't know for sure, but I think that John is the same John Grant (c1780) who later moved to Richmond Co, NC. One point against that John being the father of this James is that John (of Richmond) was listed with a race code of "Mulatto" or "Free Colored" on the 1830, 1840 and 1850 census. Since James was not listed this way on any of his census records, that may indicate he is not connected to John, or else the John in Richmond was not the same one in Hertford in 1820.
For the 1830 census, James Grant would have been about 20 years old. Once again, there were no Grants in Gates County, nor in Hertford County.
James Grant married Matilda --- sometime prior to ca 1839, presumably in Hertford County. Matilda was born ca 1821/22 (per 1850 census) in Bertie County, North Carolina (per 1860 census). (Bertie borders Hertford County). I don't know Matilda's maiden name.
James Grant was listed on the 1840 census in Hertford County. He was next door to apparent widow Mary Everett (who had a Sarah Grant (c1830) living with her in 1850 in Hertford). James' neighbor on the other side was Ethelred Colson.
1840 census analysis (based on available evidence): (Explanation of this census)
1840 Hertford Co, NC pg 52 James Grant 0000100000000-1000100000000 Analysis: 1 Male(s) 20-29 (1810-1820) James GRANT (1809/10) s/o ? 1 Female(s) 20-29 (1810-1820) Matilda ___ Grant (1821/22) wife 1 Female(s) 0-4 (1835-1840) Mary GRANT (1839/40) daughter
James and family were listed on the 1850 census in Hertford County. The index shows his name as "Joseph", but I verified that it actually says "Jas".
1850 HERTFORD CO, NC Page 306B House/Family # 312/ 312 -- NORTHERN DISTRICT Twp GRANT JAMES 40 M W FARMER 400 NC 1809/1810 GRANT MATILDA 28 F W NC 1821/1822 GRANT MARY 10 F W NC 1839/1840 GRANT JOHN 7 M W NC 1842/1843 GRANT MARTHA 5 F W NC 1844/1845 GRANT ELIZABETH 4 F W NC 1845/1846 GRANT ELIZA 3 F W NC 1846/1847 GRANT SARAH 2 F W NC 1847/1848
They were still in Hertford County for the 1860 census with a very large household. This census taker listed the actual county of birth for everyone, so that is a helpful item to have.
1860 HERTFORD CO, NC Page 40B House/Family # 569/ 626 -- Twp MURFREESBORO P.O. GRANT JAMES 50 M W FARMER 800 699 GATES CO, NC 1809/1810 GRANT MATILDA 40 F W BERTIE CO, NC 1819/1820 GRANT M F 20 F W HERTFORD CO, NC 1839/1840 GRANT JOHN G 18 M W HERTFORD CO, NC 1841/1842 GRANT M A 15 F W HERTFORD CO, NC 1844/1845 GRANT ELIZABETH 14 F W HERTFORD CO, NC 1845/1846 GRANT ELIZA 13 F W HERTFORD CO, NC 1846/1847 GRANT SARAH 12 F W HERTFORD CO, NC 1847/1848 GRANT WILLIAM 9 M W HERTFORD CO, NC 1850/1851 GRANT C S 6 M W HERTFORD CO, NC 1853/1854 GRANT S A 3 F W HERTFORD CO, NC 1856/1857 GRANT HENRIETTA 0 F W 9/12 HERTFORD CO, NC 1859/1860 REED ELISHA 50 M M DAY LABORER GATES CO, NC 1809/1810 DAVIS LUCY 30 F B HERTFORD CO, NC 1829/1830 DAVIS HENRIETTA 8 F B HERTFORD CO, NC 1851/1852 DAVIS WILLIAM 5 M B HERTFORD CO, NC 1854/1855 DAVIS BUCHANAN 0 M B 9/12 HERTFORD CO, NC 1859/1860
Matilda (---) Grant died sometime in the 1860's, probably before ca 1866.
James Grant married Jane --- sometime before ca 1866. I don't know her maiden name.
They were in Hertford for the 1870 census, listed in Saint John's Township.
1870 HERTFORD CO, NC Page 396B House/Family # 75/ 75--ST JOHNS Twp GRANT JAMES 59 M W FARMER 1200 500 NC 1810/1811 GRANT JANE 42 F W KEEPING HOUSE NC 1827/1828 GRANT WILLIAM R 18 M W FARM LABOR NC 1851/1852 GRANT CHARLES S 15 M W FARM LABOR NC 1854/1855 GRANT SUSANA 13 F W AT HOME NC 1856/1857 GRANT HENRIETTA 10 F W AT HOME NC 1859/1860 GRANT LEAH 4 F W NC 1865/1866 GRANT JAMES T 0 M W 10/12 NC 1869/1870 READ JAMES 28 M M FARM LABOR NC 1841/1842 WIGGANS S? 20 M B FARM LABORER NC 1849/1850 COOK NANCY E 19 F B DOMESTIC SERVANT NC 1850/1851
James Grant died sometime between ca 1871 and 1880, presumably in Hertford County.
Widow Jane Grant was listed on the 1880 census in Hertford, still in Saint John's Township. ** I don't have this entry typed up yet.
James Grant and his two wives had at least thirteen children together. I have no additional data on any of them so far.
Persons researching this family (click here for data on how to get on or off of this list:
1. James1 Grant , born 1809/10 in Gates Co, NC; died 1871/80 in Hertford Co, NC. He married (1) in 1830/39 in Hertford Co, NC Matilda (---) , born 1821/22 in Bertie Co, NC; died 1860/70 in Hertford Co, NC; (2) in 1860/70 in Hertford Co, NC Jane (---) , born 1827/28 in NC; died aft 1880 in Hertford Co, NC.
Children of James Grant and Matilda (---) were as follows:
2 i Mary F2 Grant , born 1839/40 in Hertford Co, NC.
3 ii John G2 Grant , born 1842/43 in Hertford Co, NC.
4 iii Martha A2 Grant , born 1844/45 in Hertford Co, NC.
5 iv Elizabeth2 Grant , born 1845/46 in Hertford Co, NC.
6 v Eliza2 Grant , born 1846/47 in Hertford Co, NC.
7 vi Sarah2 Grant , born 1847/48 in Hertford Co, NC.
8 vii William R2 Grant , born 1850/51 in Hertford Co, NC.
9 viii Charles S2 Grant , born 1853/54 in Hertford Co, NC.
10 ix Susanna A2 Grant , born 1856/57 in Hertford Co, NC.
11 x Henrietta2 Grant , born 1859 in Hertford Co, NC.
Children of James Grant and Jane (---) were as follows:
12 i Leah2 Grant , born 1865/66 in Hertford Co, NC.
13 ii James T2 Grant , born 1869/70 in Hertford Co, NC.
14 iii Martha J2 Grant , born 1870/71 in Hertford Co, NC.
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