Yesterday, I made a decision to begin tracing yet another of my early family lines, the Middleton family of South Carolina. Armed with information that I have known for some time, the facts that my paternal fourth great-grandparents, Mary Middleton and Samuel Porter, were born in South Carolina and were married on May 17, 1825, in Franklin County, Mississippi, I began in earnest to search the Middleton family's origins. Since members of the Porter and the Middleton families were enumerated in an early census of the Mississippi Territory, recorded in 1810, I began my search by reviewing a list of Mississippi Territory pioneers on an invaluable MsGenWeb site about the early southwest Mississippi Territory. On that site, I quickly found the name Stephen Middleton. Could Stephen Middleton be the father of my Mary Middleton? Although several of his children's names appeared in the detail beside Stephen Middleton's name, the name Mary was not listed. The information did state that names of other Middleton children were missing, so my next effort will be to search for those missing names. Since the only names that appeared on census records before 1850 were names of the heads of households, finding the children's names may be a difficult process. Wish me luck, and watch here for more Middleton research results.
Ancestry.com. Mississippi Marriages to 1825 [database on-line.] Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc., 1997. Original data: Dodd. Jordan R. et al. Early American Marriages: Mississippi to 1825, Bountiful, UT, USA.