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From: Pitter <>
Subject: Re: [BEST] Best families in the 1790's, NC & SC
Date: Mon, 18 Jun 2007 18:02:04 -0700 (PDT)
That is my family. We have Bessvlle here in S,E, Mo that was named after the Bess family,
I think we have quite a bit on this line and mom has stories. My grandmother on moms side was a Bess.
bbm34 <> wrote:
The Best family that I am researching starts (in the states) on the 1790
Lincoln Co NC Census - shows as Boston Best but his name was Jerge Sebastian
Best b 1724 Germany. His son, Peter Best (Bess) was b 1755 Anson Co NC. He
can be found on the 1790, 1800, 1810, 1820, and 1830 Lincoln Co NC Census.
His son, Jonathan Jefferson Best was b 1802 Lincoln Co NC and d 1858 Perry
Co MO. His daughter Frances Jane (Fanny) Best was b 1839 Perry Co MO and d
1904 Bollinger Co MO. She married John E Dalton MD. Anyone who has any
info on this family, please contact me.
----- Original Message -----
From: "The Clarks"
Sent: Friday, June 15, 2007 2:57 PM
Subject: [BEST] Best families in the 1790's, NC & SC
> Dear fellow listers,
> I am starting a project - maybe someone started it before (I don't
> know) - separating the Best families in the 1790's. There was 1 family in
> MD, 3 in SC, 7 in PA, 9 in NY, and 30 in NC.
> That sort of tells me that most of the USA Bests originated in the
> Carolinas (most likely NC).
> What I would like to do is have everyone be claimed. I will keep track
> of them. The first step would be to have people write in and say what
> ancestor they claim in the 1790 census. For example; Joe Blow says his
> ancestor is Thomas Best from NC. Well, there are 4 Thomas Bests, so I
> would also need to know what county and the household listed.
> What this will do, is help to sort out all the Bests, find out who the
> brothers, fathers, uncles, in-laws and outlaws are.
> We have just found a major branch of our family from John J. Best the
> Confederate to his father, David Best, to his father, Benedict Best. Our
> Best branch seem to switch from NC to SC and back. Most of them ended up
> in Alabama. Some did not, and stayed in the Carolinas.
> Also, any stories would be greatly appreciated.
> Is this too much? Or is it alright?
> Or has this been done already, and I just don't know about it? Please let
> me know.
> Laura C.
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