Since posting the original message regarding my paternal Fifth Great-Grandfather who first became part of the Petersburg records in 1784, I have learned more about my heritage and in doing so have added other names that were a part of his everyday life. I am interested in any history of Petersburg that might encompass France/Corsica. He was Corsican and the name "Separk" is only a corruption in spelling of the original name. The family was an intricate part of Petersburg from 1784 until about 1850. The burned county records have made it difficult for me to ascertain why the family chose to settle in Petersburg. I'm hopeful that someone out there has some historical information that might be helpful to me. He owned a ship repair service on the river and lived in what was known at that time as Blandford. Other names associated with him in business and personal life were: Cain, Goody, Hughes, Bailey, Harrington, Cole, Wilkinson (any variation in spelling of these names apply, as well). Any information as to where they might have entered the State upon their arrival or other records that will be helpful is sincerely appreciated. The name was spelled several different ways, often in the same records. Su, Sou, Se were the beginnings of the spelling which originated with the sound that was heard by those scribes in charge. Thank you for any help that can be given.
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