A copy of this Bible is at Heritage Place; however, the original Bible pages have been taped in enough places to make this Bible almost unreadable from a copy. The Bible is now in the possession of Betty L. Brown who said the family data page is in four parts. The tape has left an ugly dark strip on the edge of each torn part, but the pages are now placed correctly in a sleeve and the entries are a little more understandable but not fully readable. This was a case where the original Bible was in such disrepair it was necessary to consult other sources to assist in deciphering the entries. Betty's notes are found at the bottom.
Betty says that Elizabeth "Bettie" Waters married Samuel Hazzard in Lenoir Co. on 3 November 1880. Samuel's former wife, Harriett White had died on 30 Sept. 1880. Someone from the James Hazzard family probably recorded their family data, and it may have been Nannie Byrd Hazzard, wife of James. This explains how the Hazzard family came into possession of the Waters family Bible. Samuel and "Bettie" had no known children, and her whereabouts after 1900 are unknown. Apparently the father of Slade was Joseph, and I suspect his wife's name may have been the Eliza, who died in 1833.
Slade Waters was borned December 25th 1805
The age of Slade & Susan Waters children
Nancy Waters was borned July 13th 1828
Mary Jain Waters was borned September 13th 183 ?
Marthy A. ......
Daughter of Gat .....
borned March 2nd 1836
The age of Slade Warters and Mason his wife
Mason Elizabeth was Born'd August 21st 1853
Eliza Waters died AD 17 April 1833 - this entry is marked through
Slade Warters was Maried to Mason Bas ? - November 28th 185 (0)?
Different handwriting, and in pencil
Mister James Hazzard and Nannie Byrd was married January 13th, 1894
Thelma Hazzard Borned April 10, 1915
The age of Eperan ? Wels and Rachel his Wife
Eliza An was Born'd October 18th 1847
John Was Born'd January 27th 1849
William Hardaway was Born'd March 8th 1852
Here a part of the page is missing and taped but on a separate line is
Then we have a different hand writing which is in pencil
Part of page is torn ... of their children
Maggie Hazzard Borned August 17 1896
Barbara Louise Hazzard Borned March 20th 1899
Earther Lee Hazzard Borned December 2oth 1901
NOTE: This would be Arthur
Eliza Waters death April 17th 1833
Joseph Waters the father of Slade Waters died September 9th 1846
Here the handwriting is in pencil and written by the same person that recorded the Hazzard information
May Hazzard Borned March 25, 1904
Helen Bruce Hazzard Born June 19, 1912
Maggie Hazzard died May 1899
NOTES by Betty L. Brown:
The census for 1850-1880 now makes sense when compared to Bible records.
I used an age comparison work sheet, from the NCGSJ of Aug. 1994 for
identifying those people I want to know more about. In 1850 - Lenoir
Co., household #414 Slade Waters is found; aged 44, with Mary J; aged 30
and Franklin Brown; aged 13. In 1860 this family is in Woodington
Twsp., household #78. Slade is 45; Mason B. Warters is 35; William H
Wells is 10, and Mason E. is 7. In 1870 the family is in Pink Hill
Twsp, household #53. Slade is 64; Mason B. is 45, and Masie E. is 19.
In 1880 they are still in Pink Hill Twsp, household #86. Slade is 74,
Mason, wife, age 70 and Mason E., dau., age 26.
In 1900 in Trent Twsp., family #10, I find Masy Warters, aged 82, born
May 1818; and dau. Bettie Hazzard; aged 49, born Aug., 1850, both
widows. Masy mother of 1 child, 1 living. Bettie Hazzard mother of 0
children. Both state they could not read or write, were renting a
home. Wonder who recorded the Bible records, was it Slade?
I believe the Bible records probably tell me that Slade & Susan ? had
daughters, Nancy, Mary Jain and Rachel, who had md. a Wells. There may
have been others. I'll need to read 1840 census records also & 1830.
Note William H. Wells in 1860 census records. Since Susan is not listed
in 1850 census, presume she died before Nov. 28th 1850, when Bible
records marriage of Slade & Mason B. Time did not permit my looking at
marriage records for Lenoir Co. The marriage for Rachel to a Wells may
be recorded also.
Mason Elizabeth born [per Bible] on August 21st, 1853 is Bettie Waters
Hazzard, who md. Samuel Hazzard, and Mason B. was her mother. It was
hard to read her name in 1900 census record, but after using magnifying
glass I'm sure it was Masy, not Nancy.