I'm a descendant of Rachel Sargent (Rachel Hill by marriage) of North Carolina, 1773-1863. I'm searching for her parents.
When I first started looking, most trees from different websites named her as the daughter of Stephen Bryant Sargent. However, I've failed to find a single piece of evidence to support this. It seems more likely that Rachel (Sargent) Von Hook is his daughter-- that is, IF he has a daughter named Rachel, since no one with that name appears on his will. (I'm fairly sure someone had more tangential evidence to support this relationship, though I didn't save it, since this Rachel wasn't who interested me.)
In any case, there seem to be two Rachel Sargents who were born in North Carolina at roughly the same time.
Rachel Sargent Hill married John Hill in North Carolina, and they had their first son there around 1784. Soon after, the family moved to Crawford Co, Illinois. In all subsequent census records, Rachel Hill of Crawford names North Carolina as her place of birth, so I don't think she's any of the few Rachel Sargents born in Massachusetts at around the same time (there seem to have been a few). I'm also certain that Rachel Hill of Crawford Co, IL is Rachel Sargent by birth, since her gravestone includes this information.
Does anyone have any information or tips about where to look that might point me in the right direction? I've been looking into this for several weeks now and I don't feel I've made any progress.
Thank you very much!