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Noah RAPER
Nancy BROWN
Minerva E. __?__
Warning:  this family group sheet is inadequately documented and tentative.  What primary records I have found are in conflict with secondary sources.  For the children born before the 1850 census, assignment of the children to Nancy or Minerva is a guess.  I had difficulty rationalizing the children found in the 1870 census with the earlier censuses, but Georgia had just suffered through the Civil War, so it may be that some of the children in the household in 1870 are adopted orphans.
Husband:  Noah RAPER
Birth:  1818-22, NC
Death:  1880-1900
Occupation:  farmer
Marriage-1:  22 Jan 1840, Union Co., GA
Wife-1:  Nancy BROWN
Birth:  1820-25
Death:  1840s
Marriage-2:  by 1850
Wife-2:  Minerva / Manerva "Manervy" E. __?__
Birth:  1822/3, VA
Death:  1880-1900
Occupation:  homemaker
Child with Nancy BROWN born in Union Co., GA:
  1.  Narcissa Avaline / Eveline RAPER, b. 1841/2
Children with Minerva:
  2.  Louisa E. RAPER, b. 1843/4
  3.  Dovy / Dovie RAPER, b. 1845/6
  4.  Saphronia RAPER, b. 1846/7; d. bef. 1860 or her age is wrong in later censuses
  5.  Amanda RAPER, b. Mar 1850; d. bef. 1860 or her age is wrong in later censuses
  6.  Sarah S. Aoline / Adline RAPER, b. 1850, GA
  7.  Amanda Caroline RAPER, b. 1851/2, GA
  8.  James RAPER, b. 1853/4, GA
  9.  Sarah / Rosalinda RAPER, b. 1855/6, GA; may be two different individuals
10.  Vienna / Vina E. RAPER, b. 1857/8, TN
Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; USA, US, United States, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia

Sources (n.b., Union Co., GA, is adjacent to Cherokee Co., NC):

1.  Jordan R. Dodd, ed.  1993.  Georgia Marriages: Early to 1850.  Liahona Research, Orem, UT (Broderbund CD-226):
Raper, Noah Brown, Nancy 01/22/1840 Union Co.

2.  LDS.  Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service: Pedigree Resource File (index to CDs, online at FamilySearch.org).
Noah RAPER
Birth: abt 1825
Father: William RAPER; Mother: Jemima ADAMS
Source: Judith Ann FINNELL
Noah RAPER
Birth: abt 1842, North Carolina
Father: William RAPER; Mother: Suky McDANIEL
Spouse: Polly WARD
Children:
Narcissa RAPER; Birth: Cherokee, North Carolina; Spouse: CHASE
Margaret (Tiny) WARD; Birth: 12 Mar 1857, Union, North Carolina; Spouse: PENDLETON
Source: R.M. Howard
The father of Narcissa can't be born ca. 1842 because his daughter, Narcissa, was born ca. 1842, nor would a man that young have a daughter born in 1857.  And why would a daughter of Noah be surnamed WARD?  I cannot find Margaret (or Polly) in the 1860 census, surnamed either WARD or RAPER.  I'm inclinded to disregard Howard's entry entirely.

3.  1840 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #28 of 35; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1840 NC Cherokee Co. Roll 357 p. 245A Ln. 19 Noah RAPER 000 100 - 000 100 no slaves
These data indicate:
No. & Sex Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
1 male 15-19 1820-1825 = Noah (b. 1821/2)
1 female 15-19 1820-1825 = Nancy
1 person employed in agriculture
Listed two lines below William RAPER (æ 40-50).  Our subject is the only Noah RAPER in the entire census and the first Noah RAPER to appear in any census.

4.  1850 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #67 of 170):  85th Dist., Union Co., GA, Roll M432_84, p. 234A, 445/445, enumerated 12 Oct 1850, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Noah Raper 28 M   Farmer   NC
Minerva  " 27 F       Va
??? Avaline "  8 F       Ga
Louesa      "  6 F       "
Docy        "  4 F       "
Sofrona     "  3 F       "
Amanda      " 2/12 F       "
The enumerator had started to write a name for the eldest child, then scratched it out and wrote "Avaline."  Our subject is the only Noah RAPER in the entire census.

5.  1860 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #2 of 45):  Benton P.O., District 8, Polk Co., TN, Roll M653_1268, p. 426B, PN 128, 863/863, enumerated 7 Jul 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Noah Raper 40 M   Miner     Ga
Mareny   " 38 F         NC
Louisa   " 16 F         Ga
Dovy     " 13 F         "
Aoline   " 10 F         "
Caroline "  8 F         "
James    "  6 M         "
Sarah    "  4 F         "
Vienna   "  2 F         Tenn
Aoline is indexed "Adline," which she could be.  The only other Noah RAPER in the entire census is a child in Indiana.

6.  1870 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #8 of 32):  Ringgold P.O., Ringgold Dist., Catoosa Co., GA, Roll M593_140, p. 269B, PN 54, enumerated 18 Jul 1870, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1870:  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 7 9 10 11 12 13 15 16 17 19
389 392 Raper Noah 52 M W Farmer 360 North Carolina             /
    _____ Manerva A 47 F W Keeping house   Virginia         / /  
    _____ Sarah S A 20 F W at home   Georgia       /      
    _____ Amanda C 17 F W Do  Do    Do       /   /  
    _____ Rosalinda 14 F W Do  Do    Do       /   /  
    _____ Vina E 12 F W Do  Do    Tennessee       /      
    Rolerson Thos H 20 M W Boot & Shoe Maker   Scotland / /         /
    ________ Louisa E 24 F W Keeping house   Georgia              
    ________ Noah A 11/12 M W     Do /   Juny        
Louisa is fibbing about her age.  The only other Noah RAPER in the entire census is the child born in Indiana, now living in Illinois.

7.  1880 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #4 of 13):  Blackstock, Dist. No. 1095, Catoosa Co., GA, Roll T9-0138, p. 238D, PN 20, SD 1, ED 13, enumerated 16 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
173 179 Raper Noah W M 60     / Farm laborer / / VA NC NC
    Raper Manerva W F 50 Wife   / Keeping house / / VA VA VA
    Adams Willie W M  7 Orphan /         TN unk TN
The only other Noah RAPERs in the entire census is the one born in Indiana and living in Illinois, plus a child in North Carolina.

8.  1890 Census:  the 1890 Census Population Schedules were destroyed.

9.  1900 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  not found.  The only Noah RAPER in the entire census is the one born in Indiana, who is now living in Missouri.

WorldConnect / Ancestry World Trees (online at RootsWeb.com/Ancestry.com).

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