Friday, May 27, 2016

His Name Was Carolina Hauckins --Part Three

His Name Was Carolina Hauckins --Part Three --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey


If you missed Parts One and Two, please click on the following links:  

His name was Carolina Hauckins -- Part One

His Name Was Carolina Hauckins --Part Two


So you know how you read something and then all of a sudden a whole new world is potentially opened up for you. Well, that's what happened when I read these words.

"My father was a slave and I took the name of my master --name Hauckins." 

These words I found in my 2nd great grand uncle Carolina Hauckins's Civil War Pension file. Pension files are such wonderful records to find. They can provide details sometimes that you just can't find anywhere else. Finding out that Carolina Hauckins's master was someone with the surname Hauckins gives me an avenue to continue my research. I may have unlocked a door to finding out the names of other kin who were owned by the same man.

Before I came to the page that had the words I highlighted at the beginning of this post, I came across this.


His Name Was Carolina Hauckins --Part Three --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey

Now this was his wife's testimony, not Carolina's. I had to find something in Carolina's pension file that was in his own words. I needed to have verification from the source. Just to be sure. Thankfully, I was able to find this affidavit. 


His Name Was Carolina Hauckins --Part Three --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey


This form is from August 1898. It has so much good information on it. Prior to getting his pension file, I had no idea of Carolina's whereabouts before 1900. I wasn't able to locate him on the Federal Census in Morehead City in 1870 or 1880. Where was he? At last. I had my answers.
               
Where did you live from Febr 1, 1867 until you moved to your present place of residence, and what were the dates of various changes? If in a city state name of street and number of house

Answer, Morehead City Feb 19 1867 stayed here until 1870 thence to Goldsboro till 1870 thence to Wilmington in 1871 till 1877 Baltimore till Oct 1877 thence to Wilmington till 1878 thence to Phila

Have you ever been known by any name other than that given in your application for pension? If so, state it in full

Answer, When I arrived home from the army I found my family had changed their names to Jones.

Were you in the military or naval service under a name different from that which you are now known? If so, state what it was.

Answer, Carolina Hauckins my father was a slave and I took the name of my master name Hauckins

That last statement leaves me with the impression that perhaps Carolina and his father were owned by different folks. Or was it that they were owned by the same people and perhaps Carolina was hired out to work for another family.

Carolina Hauckins is going to keep me busy researching, that's for sure!

4 comments:

  1. Happy Blogiversary. Good Luck in you searching. There are always more questions it seems when doing genealogy. I started a new blog this year called
    http://thehoneymoontrail.blogspot.com


    Also have another one called: thestephensherwoodletters.blogspot.com

    Maybe we should follow each other.

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    1. Thank you! I will be sure to check out your blogs.

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  2. Maybe the rest of the family didn't want to keep the Hauckins slave master name because he said when he came back they had changed their names to Jones. I guess you will have to hope for some wills or estate records from Jones and Hauckins/Hawkins in the area. Good luck! Interesting how our blogs are going back further and further as these wonderful records come available.

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    1. It's such a blessing that more stuff is becoming available online. Wishing you luck in breaking down your brick walls.

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