The Old Norfleet Genealogy Chart
by Phil Norfleet
The oldest document, of which I am aware, concerning Norfleet genealogy is an old chart, purportedly written in the year 1887. The chart, probably prepared by a member of the family of Stephen Andrews Norfleet (a great-grandson of the elder Marmaduke Norfleet), principally concerns the eastern North Carolina Norfleets. A photocopy of the chart is on file at the North Carolina State Library in Raleigh.
A transcription of the preamble is as follows:
The chart traces the supposed descendents of James Norfleet (d. 1732), but, in my opinion, it contains many errors. At the bottom of the chart, the following statements are made concerning the other two brothers of James (d.1732):
As will hopefully be established by the other essays appended to this web site, both the preamble and the chart, while holding a few germs of factuality, also contain many errors. The official written record, consisting of land grants, wills, indentures, court minutes and other forensically acceptable documents, tell a somewhat different story. Indeed, my genealogical research experience has taught me to be very cautious about accepting any family traditions, unless they can be verified to the official record; this case is no exception.