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Ezekiel Rufus "Zeak" Britt

Male 1847 - Aft 1910  (> 64 years)


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Generation: 1

  1. 1.  Ezekiel Rufus "Zeak" Britt was born in 1847 in North Carolina (son of Zachariah Britt and Nancy Freeman); died after 1910.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: 1846, North Carolina
    • Alternate birth: 1848, North Carolina

    Notes:

    Census records show that he and his family moved from Moore County, North Carolina to what would become Oklahoma sometime between 1880 and 1900. The same records present an entirely inconsistent record of whether he was literate.

    In the 1850 census he is four years old, living with his mother Nancy, 42, father Zacheriah, 36, sister Elizabeth, 11, brother Enoch, 9, brother Henry, 6, brother William, 1, all in Moore County, North Carolina. His "cannot read and write" column is checked.

    In the 1860 census he is 13, living with his father (the name as written looks like "Lachara"), age 40, a 40-year-old woman named Elizabeth (presumably his stepmother), brother Enoch, 18, brother Henry, 17, and brother William, 11, all in Moore County, North Carolina, post office Good Spring. His "cannot read" column is unchecked.

    In the 1870 census he is 22, living in Bensalem, Moore County, North Carolina with wife Lydia, 21, son Henry, 3, daughter Margaret, 5 months, and Elizabeth Pool, age 70. His "cannot read" and "cannot write" columns are unchecked.

    In the 1880 census he is 33, living in Shuffield, Moore County, North Carolina with wife Lydia M, 34, daughter Margret, 10, son Henry F., 9, daughter Nancy C., 7, son John C, 4, and daughter Mary A., 1. His "cannot read" and "cannot write" columns are checked.

    In the 1900 census he is 53, living with wife Lydie M., 54, and son Ezkil R., 11, all in Township 4, Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory. The word "yes" appears in his "can read" and "can write" columns.

    He last appears in census records in 1910, 63 years old (mistranscribed on ancestry.com as "69"), living with wife Lydia M., 64 and granddaughter Bonnie (born in Oklahoma), 12, in Burnett, Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma. The word "no" appears in his "can read" and "can write" columns.

    Ezekiel married Lydia Martha Richardson in 1864. Lydia was born in Nov 1845 in Moore County, North Carolina; died on 6 Jan 1931 in Dougherty, Murray, Oklahoma; was buried in Dolberg Cemetery, Roff, Pontotoc, Oklahoma. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]

    Children:
    1. Margaret Ann Britt was born on 9 Dec 1869 in North Carolina; died on 31 Aug 1957 in Perrin, Jack, Texas; was buried in Willow Point Cemetery, Bridgeport, Wise, Texas.

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Zachariah Britt was born about 1814 in North Carolina (son of (Unknown father of Zachariah Britt)); died after 1880.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: Abt 1816

    Notes:

    On 2 Jul 1864 he enlisted in the Confederate army, Capt. H. C. McLean's Company, Senior Reserves, at Carthage, Moore County, North Carolina. Age 48, born in Moore County, 6 feet 0 inches in height, complexion "fair", hair "light", eyes blue.

    Some online sources appear to conflate him with Zacheus Britt, born Nov 1826 in Moore County, died there 20 Jul 1903, a son of Brittain Britt, but Zacheus was a separate individual with different wives and children.

    According to the Moore County, NC Family Tree DNA project, Zachariah's father is unknown but DNA shows him to have been a descendant, almost certainly a grandson, of Joseph Britt, Sr. (bef 1755 - bef 1810 in Moore County) who migrated from Wake County to Moore County prior to 1800. "[T]he Britt families of Moore/Montgomery counties and the Britt families of Robeson County descend from the same Britt families that were originally from Virginia and moved down into North Carolina settling in the Edgecombe County area before migrating on to Johnston and Wake counties."

    Zachariah married Nancy Freeman. Nancy (daughter of William Freeman and Elizabeth Marshall) was born in 1808 in North Carolina; died before 25 Jul 1857. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  2. 3.  Nancy Freeman was born in 1808 in North Carolina (daughter of William Freeman and Elizabeth Marshall); died before 25 Jul 1857.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate death: Aft 1850

    Notes:

    She last appears in the 1850 census; in the 1860 census, Zachariah Britt and his children are living with a 40-year-old woman named Elizabeth. This is presumably the Elizabeth Freeman whom Zachariah Britt married in Moore County on 25 Jul 1857.

    Proof that Nancy Freeman was a daughter of William Freeman and Elizabeth Marshall (who really existed, whether or not she was their daughter) is unknown to us, but given PNH's interest in discovering more Freeman family history, we're leaving them as her parents in the hope that this will attract more information.

    Children:
    1. 1. Ezekiel Rufus "Zeak" Britt was born in 1847 in North Carolina; died after 1910.


Generation: 3

  1. 4.  (Unknown father of Zachariah Britt) (son of Joseph Britt).
    Children:
    1. 2. Zachariah Britt was born about 1814 in North Carolina; died after 1880.

  2. 6.  William Freeman was born about 1784 in North Carolina.

    William married Elizabeth Marshall on 11 Oct 1805 in Orange County, North Carolina. Elizabeth was born about 1784 in North Carolina. [Group Sheet] [Family Chart]


  3. 7.  Elizabeth Marshall was born about 1784 in North Carolina.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: Abt 1789, North Carolina

    Notes:

    Possibly the Elizabeth Marshill recorded in volume 1 of the Encyclopedia of Quaker Genealogy (page 36) as born in Orange County, North Carolina, 3 9th month 1784, daughter of Jacob Marshill (born 9 2nd month 1745, Chester County, Pennsylvania) and Margaret Cypert (born 1744, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania). Cane Creek Monthly Meeting, meeting county Alamance.

    Children:
    1. 3. Nancy Freeman was born in 1808 in North Carolina; died before 25 Jul 1857.


Generation: 4

  1. 8.  Joseph Britt was born before 1755; died before 1810 in Moore County, North Carolina.
    Children:
    1. 4. (Unknown father of Zachariah Britt)