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Descendants of John & Molsey Deaver


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1. John Deaver, son of Simon Deaver and Betsy Deaver, was born in 1847 in Richlands, Onslow Co. NC and died poss Bef 1910 at age 63.

General Notes: John Deaver was a Native American with 3 brothers, Elliott Deaver, Simon Deaver and Donald Deaver... They owned land in the Richlands Area of Onslow County, North Carolina... John and his brothers had refused to give up their lands and be driven out like his fellow tribesmen.. They stood their ground and the Settlers were not able to make them give their land up... The Deaver did not have any family so they decided to change their names.. Although John and Simon Deaver did NOT change their names, Elliott Deaver did change his last name to Dove and Donald changed his to Edwards....

John Deaver met Molsey Baysden (A freed slave woman) and they became married by jumping over the broom and moved into John's log Cabin along with her son Jim, her sister Almara and her son Wesley... John Deaver farmed his land, hunted wild animals and game, dipped pine tar from pine trees and sold animal hides for a living... They tended corn, potatoes, peas, collard greens, turnips, peanuts and watermelons.. they also raised hogs and had a horse and goats... John Deaver was also a preacher... When on his Preaching Missions, he carried Horace Williams, the son of Susan Williams with him to help administer his service... He mostly Preached to neighboring families...

Research Notes: As told by Ms. Helen Lee Deaver... 1993

Noted events in his life were:

Census: 1860, Richlands, Onslow Co. NC. John lived with Parents Simon & Besty Deavers and 5 other sibling...

Census: 1870. John Lived with paerents and new brother George (10)..
When searching look for Deavers,

Census: 1880, Richlands, Onslow Co. NC. John and wife Molsey live together (Moley in search)
Household consist of
Isadora Basden 13
James Basden 8
William (Henry) Deaver 3 months
Maranda Basden 70
Elmira Basden 22
Westly Basden 8

Census: 1890-1900. No records as of yet

Census: 1910, Richlands, Onslow Co. NC. John was not found on Census. He was not living with Molsey, possibly Deceased by then...

John married Molsey Basden/Deaver. Molsey was born in 1852 in Richlands, Onslow Co. NC and died poss Bef. 1920 in Richlands, Onslow Co. NC at age 68. Molsey Basden was an African Woman who was enslaved and shipped to either New Bern or Fayetteville North Carolina.. She was then sold to the Basden family along with her son Jim Basden, her sister Almyra and Almyra's son Wesley.... The two sisters worked for the Basden family for many years until around 1860 when the slaves were freed... She then met John Deaver and the two were married by jumping over the broom... Out of this marriage they produced Nine children, Thus Begins Our Legacy......
Research Notes: As told by Ms. Helen Lee Deaver... 1993

Noted events in her life were:

Census: 1870, Richlands, Onslow Co. NC.
*Ages are Estimates*
Molsey Basden Lived with
Sanderson Basden 57
Maranda Basden 40
Isadora Basden 3
Louisa Basden 17
Elmira Basden 13

Census: 1880, Richlands, Onslow Co. NC. 1880
John and Molsey Deaver Lived with
Isadora Basden 13
James Basden 8
William H. 3mo
Maranda Basden 70
Elmira Basden 22
Westly Basden 8

Census: 1890-1900. No records as of yet

Census: 1910, Richlands, Onslow Co. NC.
Molsey(Malsey in search) Deaver Lived with
Standford Deaver 20
Alonza Deaver 18
Lilly Deaver 17
LLoyd Deaver 15

Census: 1920, Richlands, Onslow Co. NC. Molsey Deaver was not found on Census, possibly Deceased by then...


Children from this marriage were:

+ 2 M    i. Stanford Deaver was born in 1885.

+ 3 M    ii. Allen Deaver was born in 1882.

+ 4 M    iii. Augustus David Deaver was born in 1882.

+ 5 F    iv. Dora Deaver was born in 1863 in Richlands, Onslow Co. NC.

   6 M    v. Henry Deaver was born in 1879 in Richlands, Onslow Co. NC.

+ 7 M    vi. Alonza Deaver Sr. was born in 1892 in Richlands, Onslow Co. NC.

+ 8 F    vii. Lizzie Deaver died in Fremont, North Carolina.

+ 9 F    viii. Lillie Mae Deaver was born in 1893 in Richlands, Onslow Co. NC.

   10 M    ix. LLoyd Deaver was born in 1895 in Richlands, Onslow Co. NC.


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