I've always thought prenup agreements were a product of the greedy 20th and 21st century. Apparently not.
My 6th great grandparents must have been savvy business people. They had a prenup. Signed in 1731 in Bertie County, NC.
I'm thinking it was associated with (or the same as) the March 14, 1731 "marriage contract" made between William Stancil and Africa Smithwick (sometimes her last name is shown as Smith). It involved the ownership of a "negro girl", aka slave, Jane.
Africa was apparently quite involved in the family business. Her name appears on a number of land deeds with her husband over the years.
The Stancils were a wealthy family holding a good deal of land and slaves. Good thing they were also smart.
When I was about 10 years old, my father and I sat at the kitchen table and drew a family chart with a chewed and nubby old #2 pencil and a sheet of notebook paper. I still have that paper, yellowed and creased. It was the start of a life long hobby and one of the greatest gifts my father gave me. I study the Allen family of Wake County, NC, the Davis family of Granville County, NC, the Stancil and Johnson families of Johnston County, NC and all their collateral lines.
February 17, 2014
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