“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.”- Shakespeare, Romeo & Juliet
We often place more importance on a name then perhaps we should. I know I have. I had placed a lot of importance on finding out the pirate’s name, but so far all it’s led me to is dead ends. I found a few potentials, but I figured the only way to be certain would be to go to the source. So I decided to get in contact with the people from Gloucester County, through some research I was able to find out that all the records would have been kept in Richmond. I am not entirely sure why the records were held in Richmond, they could have been relocated during the Civil War. However, in 1865, a huge fire, burnt down the court house in Richmond, destroying all records that were being kept there. Therefore, I am unable to locate a birth certificate, or any other records that could lead me to his family members. It’s frustrating because it once again places me at a dead end. With no records to speak of, there is no way for me to piece together his family history or the beginning of his life. I guess I am going to look for some other way to do it.
Although I struck out with the courthouse, I did find a pretty good map of the area I’m working on from around that time: