Vincent Sirls Caroline Co., VA to Davidson Co., TN

Vincent Sirls was born circa 1775 in VA.[1],[2]

Vincent Sirls married Unknown Unknown (wife of Vincent Sirls).

Vincent became the parent of Unknown male Sirls between 1794 and 1800.

Vincent became the parent of Unknown male Sirls between 1794 and 1800.

Vincent became the parent of George Searls in 1797 in VA.[3]

Vincent became the parent of Unknown female Sirls between 1800 and 1810.

Vincent became the parent of Unknown male Sirls between 1800 and 1810.

Vincent became the parent of Elizabeth Sirls in 1804 in VA.[4]

Vincent became the parent of Henrietta Surls between 1810 and 1820.

Vincent Sirls was enumerated as the head of a family on the 1810 census in 1810 in Caroline County, VA. Based on ages, it is possible that the following were also living in the household: Unknown male Sirls, a free white male, age newborn to 10 years old, Unknown male Sirls, Unknown male Sirls and George Searls, free white males, age ten to sixteen years old, Elizabeth Sirls, Unknown female Sirls and Henrietta Surls, free white females, age newborn to ten years of age, Unknown Unknown (wife of Vincent Sirls), a free white female, age twenty-six to forty-five years of age.[5]

Vincent became the parent of Unknown male Sirls between 1810 and 1820.

Vincent became the parent of John Sirls.

Beginning on 07 August 1820, the 1820 census enumeration was the first to ask about naturalization status. Vincent Sirls was listed as the head of a family on the 1820 census in Caroline County, VA. Based on ages, it is possible that the following were also living in the household:. two males, newborn to ten, and one male eighteen to twenty-six and he was twenty-six to forty five. He had one female newborn to ten, one female ten to sixteen, two females sixteen to twenty-six, one female twenty-six to forty five and one female over forty five years of age.[6]

Vincent became the parent of Ann Sirls between 1825 and 1830.[7]

Vincent Sirls moved between 1826 and 1830 to Davidson County, TN. from Caroline County, VA. It is unclear when Vincent moved but his daughter Elizabeth married James Wharton in Caroline County in 1825 and most likely they moved after this point. Both James Wharton and Vincent Sirls are in Davidson County, TN by the 1830 census enumeration.

Vincent Sirls was listed as the head of a family on the 1830 census in 1830 of Davidson County, TN. Based on ages, it is possible that the following were also living in the household:. two males five to ten, one male thirty to forty, one female newborn to five, two females five to ten, one female ten to fifteen, two females twenty to thirty, one female thirty to forty, and one female sixty to seventy. Vincent was fifty to sixty. He owned no slaves.[8]

Article I, section 2, of the U.S. Constitution requires that a decennial population census, a nationwide enumeration or count of the population, be taken every 10 years. The 1840 census included a special inquiry regarding pensioners for Revolutionary or military service. This section named persons who were either family heads or members and specified the pensioner’s age, not just a range of ages. Vincent Sirls was listed as a head of a family on the 1840 census of Davidson County, TN. Based on ages, it is possible that the following were also living in the household:. one male ten to fourteen, one female ten to fourteen. Vincent is fifty to fifty nine years old. He owns no slaves.[9]

The 1850 Federal Population census was the first to record each person’s name, their specific age, and the occupation of those over age 15. It gave their place of birth, and value of any real estate they owned. Enumeration began on 01 Jun 1850. Jas Horton (age 50) was listed as the head of the household on the 1850 Census on 4 Sep 1850 in Davidson County, TN. Residing in the same household was Elizabeth Horton (age 46), Amanda Horton, Benjamin F. Horton, Mary J. Horton, James Horton, Harriett Horton, Margaret Horton, Lafayette Horton, Robert Horton, Elmira Horton (age 6), Elvira Elizabeth Horton, Sarah Horton, Bravilla Horton, and Vincent Sirls. Jas was a farmer. He owned real estate valued at $0.[10]

The 1860 Federal population census schedules were almost identical to those for 1850, but the 1860 census was the first to inquire about the value of each free person’s personal estate. Enumeration for this census began on 01 Jun 1860. James Whorton (age 59) was listed as the head of the household on the 1860 Census on 13 Jul 1860 in the 5th Civil District of Davidson County, TN. Residing in the same household was Elmira Whorton (age 16) and Elizabeth Wharton (age 53), Harriett Whorton (age 22), Margaret Whorton (age 21), Lafayett Whorton (age 19), Robert Whorton (age 18), Elvira Whorton (age 16), Sarah Whorton (age 15), Bravilla Whorton (age 13), Vincent Searls (age 93), Charles Searls (age 25). He was a farmer. He owned real estate valued at $0. He owned personal property valued at $0.[11]

Vincent Sirls died without leaving a will in Davidson County, TN. After searching through the Davidson County, TN will books 18-22, no will was found for Vincent Sirls. Since he was over 93 years old, and living with his daughter and son-in-law, it is doubtful that he had any property to inherit and therefore did not have a will or probate.

Vincent Sirls died before 1870.

Vincent Sirls was buried. Vincent is most likely buried in an unmarked grave in the Collins-Sirls Cemetery on Mount View Road in Davidson County, TN.


[1]James Horton household, Davidson County, TN, 1850 Federal Population Census, Civil District 5, Page 188B, Dwelling 253, Fammily 254, Lines 21-35. Viewed online 24 Jun 2015 at http://www.ancestryheritagequest.com. Microfilmed copy of original record can be found in Coffee & Davidson Counties, TN, (National Archives Microfilm M432, Roll No. 875), National Archives, Washington, D. C. Photocopy in possession of author. Estimated date(s) of birth: 1775. Hereinafter cited as 1850 Davidson Co., TN-James Horton: #771.

[2]James Wharton household, Davidson County, TN, 1860 Federal Population Census, 5th Civil District, Page 70, Dwelling 502, Family 502. Microfilmed copy of original record can be found in Davidson County, TN, (National Archives Microfilm M653, Roll No. 1246), National Archives, Washington, D. C. Photocopy in possession of author. Estimated date(s) of birth: 1767. Hereinafter cited as 1860 Davidson Co., TN-James Wharton: #1327.

[3]George Searls household, Davidson County, TN, 1850 Federal Population Census, Civil District 5, Page 188A, Dwelling 250, Family 250. Microfilmed copy of original record can be found in Coffee & Davidson Counties, TN, (National Archives Microfilm M432, Roll No. 875), National Archives, Washington, D. C. Hereinafter cited as 1850 Davidson Co., TN-George Searls: #314.

[4]1850 Davidson Co., TN-James Horton: #771.

[5]Vincent Sirls household, Caroline County, VA, Page 925. 1810 Federal Population Census. Viewed online 24 Jun 2015 at http://www.ancestryheritagequest.com. Microfilmed copy of original record can be found in Bedford, Caroline, Chesterfield, and Dinwiddie Counties; the borough of Norfolk; the town of Petersburg; and Rockingham County, VA, (National Archives Microfilm M252, Roll No. 067), National Archives, Washington, D. C. Photocopy in possession of author. Hereinafter cited as 1810 Caroline County, VA-Vincent Sirls: #2380.

[6]Vincent Sirls household, Caroline County, VA, Page 178A. 1820 Federal Population Census. Viewed online 24 Jun 2015 at http://www.ancestryheritagequest.com. Microfilmed copy of original record can be found in Accomack, Bath, Berkeley, Campbell, Caroline, & Chesterfield Counties, VA, (National Archives Microfilm M33, Roll No. 129), National Archives, Washington, D. C. Photocopy in possession of author. Hereinafter cited as 1820 Caroline County, VA-Vincent Sirls: #2381.

[7]Vincent Sirls household, Davidson County, TN, Stamp 318. 1840 Federal Population Census. Viewed online 24 Jun 2015 at http://www.ancestryheritagequest.com. Microfilmed copy of original record can be found in Dickson, DeKalb, & Davidson Counties, TN, (National Archives Microfilm M704, Roll No. 520), National Archives, Washington, D. C. Photocopy in possession of author. Hereinafter cited as 1840 Davidson Co., TN-Vincent Sirls: #772.

[8]Vincent Surles household, Davidson County, TN, Page 253. 1830 Federal Population Census. Viewed online 24 Jun 2015 at http://www.ancestryheritagequest.com. Microfilmed copy of original record can be found in Bedford, Carroll, Davidson, Dickson, & Dyer Counties, TN, (National Archives Microfilm M19, Roll No. 174), National Archives, Washington, D. C. Hereinafter cited as 1830 Davidson County, TN-Vincent Surles: #2676.

[9]1840 Davidson Co., TN-Vincent Sirls: #772.

[10]1850 Davidson Co., TN-James Horton: #771.

[11]1860 Davidson Co., TN-James Wharton: #1327.

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