I had hoped the title for this post would be Brick Wall Comes Tumbling Down. It was just not to be. The Haley brick wall still stands firm.
I am just back from a research trip to Charlotte Courthouse, Charlotte, VA. Charlotte Courthouse is a beautiful historic town in southern Virginia. The courthouse itself was designed by Thomas Jefferson and dates back to 1823. I do love researching original records in county seats. (Read about my first experience with this in Halifax County, VA here.) My favorite part is perhaps when I walk through the door of the records room. All those records just waiting for me to pull them off the shelf. I walked into the records room today and just stopped. I let my eyes wander over the records housed there. I could not help but ask myself:
What and how many answers would these records hold?
Then I got down to work. Today I was continuing my research on the Haley family, specifically my GGGG grandfather Jesse Haley. Haley families lived in both Halifax and Charlotte Counties. I had my research plan that I designed based on my Halifax County, VA research trip back in June. I started with the marriage records, moved on to the Wills and probates and finally onto the court records. The records did not seem to hold the answers I was seeking. But that's okay. Sometimes there is as much information in what is not found in the records as what is found.
So, back home I've come to re-analyze what I know and what I do not know about Jesse Haley. I will revise my research plan and proceed to chip away again at my brick wall.