My mother--Lemuel Harrison--Carrie E Whitney Harrison.
Now from my Great Grandmother Carrie we travel up the tree to my 2nd Great Grandparents Samuel and Sarah Harris Whitney. Samuel was my Grand Aunt's Grandfather she was referring to in her email. Now Samuel's father is where we start to tap into the beginning of my Portuguese lineage.
This is my theory regarding my family line. I have only circumstantial evidence to support it, but so far my theory I think is looking good. Samuel Whitney was the son of a Thomas Whitney and Margaret Merritt who resided in Swan Quarter, Hyde, NC. This Thomas Whitney I believe is one of four sons who traveled with their father Samuel Whitney(born about 1775) to America.
Here's my evidence so far:
Using Ancestry.com, I found in the Passenger and Immigration Lists Index 1500's-1900's and the Atlantic Ports Gulf Coasts, and Passenger Lists Roll 1: 1820-1871 entries for Samuel Whitney.
Beginning around 1800, the Portuguese government's mandatory military conscription for fourteen year olds and later for sixteen year olds, convinced thousands of young men to illegally emigrate.
Perhaps my ancestors motivation for leaving the island was for the sake of his children. The remarks on the above passenger list may reveal another clue. Port of arrival was Alexandria, VA, however the remarks state they landed in Hampton Roads.
Here's a map of where Hampton Roads, VA is marked as point A. New Bern, NC I have circled to the south. Now if Samuel Whitney's eventual destination was New Bern, it would make no sense to travel further on north to Alexandria, VA.
The earliest record I have found for who I believe are "My Whitneys" is from the 1830 Census.
Samuel Whitney (my 4th great grandfather) I believe is the one male age 55-99. So far from my research from the Whitneys I have found in Craven and Hyde, NC, I believe three of the four sons are the following:
Thomas Whitney born abt 1810--date of death unknown. (my 3rd Great Grandfather)
Charles Whitney born abt 1815--date of death unknown.
Frances Whitney born abt 1820--date of death unknown.
I am still researching to see if I can identify the fourth.
My next post I will include a correspondence from someone who is descended from 2nd Great Grandfather's brother, Augustus. This correspondence was important to me because it supported what my family's oral history said about the family being of Portuguese descent.