14 September 2012

Ancestors Named in Historical Statutes

A recent post at About.com by Kimberly Powell, “Ancestors Named in Historical Statutes” reminded me how many people are named in laws established by the states and the federal government.

I have become more familiar with such session or private laws since NC has digitized and posted (as well as made searchable) the various Session Laws of NC from 1817 through 2009.  All kinds of so-called “private laws” have been enacted in NC involving ordinary citizens and often documentation about such can be found at the NC archives.  For example, I recently examined a bill to get a Civil War soldier a pension (initially denied as the state had no more budget for such!) and I’d previously found a “name change” (though no indication as to the “why” though such information was provided for others!).

It was neat to read Kimberly’s article and learn more about U.S. (Federal) statutes since I have never delved into these.

After some playing around, I found an entry in the Journal of the executive proceedings of the Senate of the Unites States of America, 1805-1815), Monday, April 14, 1806 (via LOC, American Memory)

And, though I had researched Simon Turner (of Halifax County and then Wake County NC), I had not known in 1806 “a” Simon Turner was to be Surveyor and Inspector of the Revenue, for the port of Windsor.  Probably a namesake relative since “our” Simon was long in Wake County and it was still interesting to learn.

Did you successfully find a relative named?  If so, in what context?

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