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Ithamer Marler

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Posted by Shan Marler on August 26, 1997 at 23:08:37:

As of Aug. 1994, no record has been found of his place or date of birth. In the 1880 Census for Claiborne Co, Mississippi, his son, James Norton gave his place of birth as North Carolina. The 1830 Claiborne, Co. Mississippi Census puts him in the 60-70 years category which would put his birth date between 1760-1770. His granddaughter, Sarah Jane Marler Lake Taylor, said she had heard her grandfather say he was of Welsh descent. Other sources say they came from France by way of Lafayette during the Revolutionary War. How ever he got here, his name appears on the 1800 Williamsburg, South Carolina Census with 1 male under 10, 1 female under 10 and a female 26 to 45. Between 1803 to 1807 he bought and sold land twice in that county. In 1809 he sold 50 acres on the Flat Swamp in Williamsburg Co. South Carolina. Whether they went by land or by sea, Mississippi was their destination, and a son, (James Norton) was born in Seltzertown, Adams Co. Mississippi on the 12 of Aug. 1813. 1818 finds him still in Adams Co. with 3 males under 21, 4 females under 21, himself and Lydia and no slaves. Their home was called “Primrose Plantation”. A daughter, Sarah married Henry Golman in 1824 in Copiah Co. $600.00 bought 208 acres of land in Claiborne Co. Ms. in 1829 and here he lived until his death. King Cotton was the main crop and it did very well by him as in the next 18 years he accumulated a good deal of this world’s wealth by the standards of the day. The 1830 Census for that county shows him with 5 sons and 1 daughter. Mary married James T Clark on the 11th of March, 1830, William H. married Martha Cooper on the 10th of March, 1831 and Allen married Harriet on the 2nd of Feb. 1832. “The Old Marler Place” as the plantation was called was situated near the big bend of the Little Bayou Pierre. The original cabin is now in the Grand Gulf Mississippi State Military Park. The 1840 Claiborne Co. Ms. Census list 2 sons still at home with parents. A professional Genealogist hired by Gladise Marler Woodward found the death notice for Ithamer's wife, Lydia, in a obscure newspaper. She died on the 7th of July, 1844. Josiah married Mary Ann Heath on the 6th of Nov. 1844. Josiah died on the 17th of July, 1845. James Norton married his brother’s widow, Mary Ann on the 21st of Jan. 1849. Ithamer’s death date of the 20th of April, 1847 was determined by the date on the bill paid for his funeral. No one knows for sure where he or Lydia are buried as there are no tombstones. His sons, James and Allen applied for letters of Administration in Sep. 1847 and applications were granted in Dec. 1847. His estate was appraised for $7,300.00 on the 18th of Oct. 1847 and sold for $6,865.00 on the 31st of Jan. 1848. It included 6 adult slaves, 12 children, 2 horses, 12 cattle, 7 sheep, 3 hogs, farm equipment, household furniture, cooking utensils, tools, 2 guns and powder horns, books, 1 crib of corn, medicine scales, wagon, cart, cross cut saw etc. One black family sold for $1400.00, another sold for $3000.00 a negro boy sold for $640.00, the sorrel horse, cattle, sheep and hogs went for $78.50 and a bay horse sold for $11.00.


Any Help From North Carolina Would Be Great. I Have Never Been East Of The Mississippi. Thanks Shan Marler

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