Note: Also on the 1850 Cocke Co. Tenn. Census was; Birchfield, Thomas 50 M.Farmer NC Polly 45 F. NC (Mary "Po lly" Henderson) John 19 M. NC William 17 M. NC Andrew 14 M. NC Benjamin 12 M. NC In this same household was listed, Whitehead, Arty 26 M. NC Betsy 25 F. NC Alexander 2M. NC Margaret 2 F. NC. Thomas Birchfield b. SC abt 1798, and wife Polly Henderson w/ family mov ed to Haywood Co. NC by 1840, moved to Cocke Co. TN by 1850. Died ther e. His daughter Lydia married Stephen Whitehead. William Henderson, age 80 b. TN father; Thomas Burchfield mother; Polly He nderson d.1914 #85. Taken from death index Cocke County 1914-1925. W hy is he using his mothers name? Deborah Henderson <firstname.lastname@example.org> I come from the Burchfield line a nd have most of the family for Thomas until the late 1600's. Thomas was ma rried to Polly Henderson. I have info on the rest of the family up until t oday. What info exactly do you need. If you would like a list of what I ha ve, email me back. Date: Wed, 24 Nov 1999 From: "Fred Rosenkrans" <email@example.com>Sat, 27 Nov1999 Hello, Saw your message and thought I'd give you what I have. According to what I understand, Thomas Birchfield and Polly (Henderson) were never married but the children on the census are theirs. The Artie Whitehe ad is a son in law of Thomas and Polly and the two year olds are twin grandchildren. According to the stories I have heard, Thomas and Polly's children often switched back and forth from Birchfield to Henderson. My ancestor was Benjamin whochose in later life to be called Henderson rathe r than Birchfield. My father had told me stories about this family (his ancestors) and I have heard a similar story from several others, so there must be some truth to it. In the 1880 census, Benjamin is listed as Henderson, with his father Thomas Birchfield living with him. There is al so some thought that both Thomas and Polly wereeach married to someone else, but I don't know much about that. I have a little information beyond this , but not much. I do have a copy of Benjamin's death certificate which name s his father as Thomas Birchfield and mother as Polly Henderson. I would be glad to send you a copy, if you want. Sandy Rosenkrans firstname.lastname@example.org
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