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Jesse Thomas DUNIVANT
Elizabeth P. FUQUA
Husband:  Jesse Thomas DUNIVANT
Birth:  1834/5, Caswell Co., NC
Occupation:  farmer
Father:  Jesse DUNIVANT
Mother:  Frances OVERBY
Marriage:  7 Apr 1866, Caswell Co., NC
Wife:  Elizabeth P. "Betsy" FUQUA
Birth:  1825, Caswell Co., NC
Occupation:  homemaker
Father:  Unknown
Mother:  Mary FUQUA
Children born in Yanceyville Twp., Caswell Co., NC:
1.  Henry DUNIVANT, b. 1862/3
2.  Martha DUNIVANT, b. 1864/5 or 1 Jan 1862

Please note that the children were born before Thomas and Elizabeth married.  So, are they the result of a pre-maritial affair, or did Thomas have a prior wife?

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1.  LDS.  Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service: IGI - International Genealogical Index (online at FamilySearch.org).
Spouse: Elizabeth FUQUA
Marriage: 07 Apr 1866, Caswell, North Carolina
Source: An Index to Marriage Bonds Filed in the North Carolina State Archives. North Carolina. Division of Archives and History.

2.  1850 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  Jessee T. DUNIVANT (æ 13, b. Caswell Co., NC) is living in Caswell Co., NC, with his parents (q.v.).  They are listed next to Thomas & Polly (TOLER) DUNIVANT and Emeline FUQUA.  Elizabeth P. FUQUA (æ 25, b. Caswell Co., NC) is unmarried and living with her mother (q.v.).

3a.  1860 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  can't find Jesse.

3b.  1860 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #128 of 153):  Yanceyville P.O., Caswell Co., NC, Roll M653_891, p. 377A/757, PN 145, 1128/1131, enumerated 20 Aug 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Betsy Fuqua 34 F   Seamstress   25 NC
Emiline Fuqua 33 F         NC
William Fuqua 13 M         NC
Eliza Fuqua  6 F         NC
Henry Fuqua  3 M         NC
Fannie Fuqua  2 F         NC
All four children are Emeline FUQUA's.  Listed two households from Peggy FUQUA, sister of Betsy and Emeline.

4.  1870 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #2 of 56 Henry is indexed "Hersey"):  Yanceyville P.O., Yanceyville Twp., Caswell Co., NC, Roll M593_1128, p. 469B, PN 2, 16/16, enumerated 28 Jul/Aug 1870, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Dunvant Thomas 35 M W Farmer 16   N Carolina
_______ Elizabeth 36 F W Keeping house     "
_______ Henry  7 M W at home     "
_______ Martha  5 F W at home     "
Fuqua Eliza 14 F W at home     "
_____ Fannie 12 F W at home     "
Elizabeth is fibbing about her age.  The FUQUA children are Elizabeth's nieces (see above).

5.  1880 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #17 of 34):  Leasburg Twp., Caswell Co., NC, Roll 956, p. 260A, PN 17, SD 2, ED 16, enumerated __ Jun 1880, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1880 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1880:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 8 9 10 13 22 23 24 25 26
145 145 Dunavant Jesse T W M 45     / Farmer / / NC NC NC
    ________ Elizabeth W F 47 Wife   / Keeping house / / NC NC NC
    ________ Henry W M 20 Son /   Farm Laborer   / NC NC NC

6.  1890 Census:  the 1890 Census Population Schedules were destroyed.

7.  WorldConnect / WorldTree (online at RootsWeb.com/Ancestry.com).  See especially the "Caswell County Family Tree" by the Caswell County Historical Association.

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