In general, I need to be able to prove every fact that I record for my application. So, if I say 'A' is the father of 'B,' I need a document to prove that. Here's the documentation that I have for individuals in the direct line:
- Me: Birth Certificate
- My Dad: Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate
- My Mom: Birth Certificate
- Sarah F. Britt: Birth Affidavit, Marriage Certificate, Death Certificate, Census
- Thomas S. Craft: Birth Affidavit & Amended Birth Certificate, Death Certificate, Census
- S. Ledora Barfield: Death Certificate, Marriage Record, Census
- Nathan Britt: Death Certificate, Census
- S. Frances Boatright: Death Certificate, Marriage Record, Census
- William Barfield: none
- Stephen T. Boatright: Death Certificate, Marriage Record, Census, Record Copy
- M. Dora Logue: Census
- Reubin Boatright: Census, Record Copy
- Demaris Rich: Census
- Daniel Boatright: Record Copy
- Margaret Brasswell: Book information, Land lottery
So, I think that I'm set for the most part (?). You can see many of the documents here. Anything in the last thee generations that I don't have a record for will be proven by the pre-existing application. I'm not sure exactly how that works, but I've been told that I can use it as proof.
The only person that I do not have documentation for is William Barfield, who married into the family. I have documentation for him from his marriage on, but nothing to show who his parents were - because I really don't know who they were. But, I don't think that will effect my application. I'd also like to send for Dora Logue Boatright's death certificate. I don't believe it's necessary, but I should have it for my records anyway.
In the next post, I'll talk abut the information I have on my patriot ancestor and his wife.