My great-grandfather is a mystery.

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My great-grandfather, Cicero Hardee, was born in 1857. In the 1860 census, his last name is Gaffin. In 1870, Jordan. In 1880, Hardee. The only proof of his existence is the mentioned census reports, his marriage certificates, and his name on the death certificates of his children. There seems to be no proof of when he died or who his father was. I assume he was a bastard, but can find no conclusive evidence. This has stumped me for years and I would appreciate any help that anyone may be able to offer. I have tried all of the obvious places, including court records. I would love to know who I am!  Thanks.
in Genealogy Help by Geoffrey Hardee G2G Crew (370 points)

Martha Jordon

 in the 1860 United States Federal Census

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Name: Martha Jordon
Age: 28
Birth Year: abt 1832
Gender: Female
Birth Place: North Carolina
Home in 1860: Eastern Division, Halifax, North Carolina
Post Office: Heathsville
Family Number: 792
Value of Real Estate: View image
Household Members:
Name Age
Titus Jordon 25
Martha Jordon 28
Cicero Gaffin 3
Looks like Martha had Cicero out of wedlock and gave him her last name: Gaffin.

After that he took the names of his step-fathers.

Betty
Pretty much what I have come up with, as well. Although, there is no evidence that Martha ever married anyone who had the last name, Hardee. Titus Jordan, was his step-father and died in the Civil War.
And thank you for the response, Betty. :)

Martha Gaffin

 in the 1850 United States Federal Census

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Name: Martha Gaffin
Age: 20
Birth Year: abt 1830
Birthplace: Halifax
Home in 1850: Halifax, North Carolina, USA
Gender: Female
Family Number: 1044
Household Members:
Name Age
Betsy Gaffin 35
Frances Gaffin 18
Martha Gaffin 20

Her mother Betsy was named Hardy

Betsey Hardy

 in the North Carolina, Marriage Records, 1741-2011

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    Name: Betsey Hardy
    Gender: Female
    Marriage Date: 6 Jan 1831
    Marriage Place: Halifax, North Carolina, USA
    Spouse: Thomas Gaffin
    Spouse Gender: Male
    Event Type: Marriage
    That's just weird. He took his grandmother's maiden name?

    Betty
    Welcome to my mystery, Betty!  :-)

    Eliza Gaffin

     in the North Carolina, Index to Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868

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      Name: Eliza Gaffin
      Gender: Female
      Spouse: William Moohorn
      Spouse Gender: Male
      Bond Date: 7 Aug 1830
      Bond #: 000063505
      Level Info: North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868
      ImageNum: 002811
      County: Halifax
      Record #: 02 135
      Bondsman: J J Daniel
      Witness: John H Harwell
      Looks like time travel to me.

      Betty
      It's enough to drive you to drinking. It's fun, I will admit, but also quite frustrating. The crazy part is that I am only 35. My grandfather was born in 1889 and he is the son of Cicero. Makes it difficult to ask, as he (my grandfather) would be 127 if he were alive today. Ha!
      Looks like William Moohorn backed out of the bond and she married Thomas Gaffin.
      I would investigate Moohorn and see if he impregnated Eliza and ran off.

       

      Betty
      Wait that doesn't make sense.

      Let me think some more. I am thinking that maybe incest was involved and Cicero found out about it?

      I don't think it's possible to find his father as his mother listed "Unknown" under father's name on Cicero's marriage license. If she don't know, who does?

      Betty

      2 Answers

      +1 vote
      Cicero Hardee
      United States Census, 1880
      birth:    1857    North Carolina, United States
      residence:    1880    Enfield, Halifax, North Carolina, United States    
      other:    Betsy Gaffin, Thos K Jordan, Martha Jordan        

      Cicero Hardee
      Father of groom
      North Carolina Marriages, 1759-1979
      spouse:    Fammie Hardee
      child:    Charlie Hardee
      other:    Ethel Holland, Rebecca Holland        

      Cicero Hardee
      Father of groom
      North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979
      spouse:    Fannie Hardee
      child:    Raynor E Hardee
      other:    Mary Jones, Frank Jones, Lugenia Jones

      Cicero Hardee
      Father
      North Carolina Deaths, 1931-1994
      spouse:    Fannie Hamill
      child:    Arthur Alexander Hardee
      other:    Louise Dixon        

      Cicero Hardee
      Father
      North Carolina Deaths, 1931-1994
      spouse:    Fannie Hamill
      child:    Charlie Butler Hardee
      other:    Ethel Holland        

      George Ferdinand Cicero Hardy
      Father
      North Carolina Deaths, 1931-1994
      birth:        Lenoir County    
      spouse:    Argen Cornelius Dawson
      child:    Fred Hutchens Hardy        

      Cicero Mcharty
      Alabama Marriages, 1816-1957
      marriage:    12 August 1901    Hartford, Geneva, Alabama    
      spouse:    Ella Andrews        

      Cicero McHarty
      Alabama, County Marriages, 1809-1950
      marriage:    12 August 1901    Hartford, Geneva, Alabama, United States    
      spouse:    Ella Andrews        

      Cicero F Hardy
      Father of bride
      North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979
      spouse:    Argen Cornelia Hardy
      child:    Annie Dare Hardy
      other:    Benjamine Tongue, Harry McPherson Tongue, Agnes Green Tongue        

      Cicero Hardy
      Father
      South Carolina Deaths, 1915-1943
      spouse:    Katie Thurlknight
      child:    John Hardy        

      George Cicero Hardy
      Father
      North Carolina Deaths, 1931-1994
      spouse:    Argen Dawson
      child:    Argen Hardy Nobles
      other:    Joseph Edward Nobles        

      Isahia C Hardee
      Head
      United States Census, 1910
      birth:    1857    South Carolina
      residence:    1910    Bayboro, Horry, South Carolina, United States    
      spouse:    Martha Hardee
      child:    Julias B Hardee
      other:    Ella Hardee        

      J C Hardee
      Head
      United States Census, 1880
      birth:    1857    North Carolina, United States
      residence:    1880    Pleasant Grove, Johnston, North Carolina, United States    
      spouse:    Delia A Hardee
      child:    Benjamin P Hardee
      by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (1.9m points)
      Thanks, Frank. This is all I have ever been able to find, as well. He has stumped me for nearly a decade.
      Would there be a genealogical society, or a county organization, or similar resource in NC that might be helpful to pinpointing an answer?
      +1 vote
      You have his Y chromosome and particular Y-DNA signatures are often associated with different surnames.   I recommend you order a Y-DNA37 test from Family Tree DNA.  If you are close match with others at 37 markers and those matches have tested 67 or 111 markers then upgrade (using your existing DNA sample (which would then be in storage at the lab) to their level of testing to see if the match holds.
      by Peter Roberts G2G6 Pilot (479k points)
      edited by Peter Roberts

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