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Here is some information on him. Please notice spelling of last name of "Caley" on the 1860s Census.
1850s Census: Shows him living with a Gus Baker not sure if this was a boarding house or a family member?
Name: Belfield Caley Gender: Male Race: Mulatto Age: 15 Birth Year: abt 1835 Birthplace: Halifax Home in 1850: Halifax, North Carolina, USA Line Number: 31 Dwelling Number: 437 Family Number: 437 Household Members Age Belfield Caley 15 Gus Baker 9
Name: B Caley Age: 25 Birth Year: abt 1835 Gender: Male Birth Place: North Carolina Home in 1860: Warren, North Carolina Post Office: Littleton Dwelling Number: 1020 Family Number: 1020 Occupation: Laborer Personal Estate Value: 50 Cannot Read, Write: Y Household Members Age B Caley 25 M Caley 21 R Caley 3 W Caley 3/12
Name: Belfield Coley Age in 1870: 35 Birth Date: abt 1835 Birthplace: North Carolina Dwelling Number: 124 Home in 1870: Etrusia, Halifax, North Carolina Race: White Gender: Male Post Office: Littleton Occupation: Farmer Cannot Read: Yes Cannot Write: Yes Male Citizen Over 21: Yes Personal Estate Value: 25 Real Estate Value: 200 Inferred Spouse: Mary Coley Inferred Children: Robert ColeyWillis ColeySterling Coley Household Members Age Belfield Coley 35 Mary Coley 30 Robert Coley 10 Willis Coley 8 Sterling Coley 6
Here is the wedding information.
Name: Belfield Coley Gender: Male Spouse: Mary A E Ivey Spouse Gender: Female Bond date: 2 Mar 1856 Bond #: 000062047 Level Info: North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868 ImageNum: 004069 County: Halifax Record #: 01 041 Bondsman: Isaac N Faulcon Witness: Isaac N Faulcon
Here is Military Information please note that they also referenced him under Belfield, Colley as well. Please see the CMRs for the Variation of Belfield Colley.
Additional Prisoner of War Records:
Here is information on the Confederate Enslaved hard labor he was given: he was a teamster he is listed on the photo below line item #12
Name: Belfield Coley Work Date: 31 Dec 1863 Occupation: Teamaster Time of Service: 1 Month 27 Days Payroll Number: 2380
This is absolutely incredible!! This is more information than I expected about Belfield's involvement during the civil war. It has given me a greater understanding of my great (x3) grandfather. Thank you so very much.
I do have one additional question- prior to 1850s are there likely to be documents that could lead us to who Belfield's parents were? It seems he was on his own at a young age so there may not be much. Any suggestions for directions in which to continue researching would be great.
Thank you again for your help.
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The US did not start most census until the 1850s prior to that it may have been done locally. There may be land records or wills and probates you could look through. You may want to reach out to the Halifax County Historical Society https://www.halifaxcountyhistoricalsociety.org/ at the top right of the web page their is a section that says "Resources" they have an area for research requests. May also want to call them.
The Halifax County Historical Society
Barbara Bass, President
Here is marriage of Belfield Coley and Mary "Ivy" Coley
Also found Sterling Coley and Alexander Coley this is Belfield Coley Brothers is buried here. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/57051849/sterling-s-coley
The parents of Belfield Coley are Dennis and Dolly here is there 1850s Census.
Name: Dennis Coley Gender: Male Race: Mulatto Age: 60 Birth Year: abt 1790 Birthplace: Halifax Home in 1850: Halifax, North Carolina, USA Occupation: Farmer Industry: Agriculture Real Estate: 25 Line Number: 10 Dwelling Number: 445 Family Number: 445 Household Members Age Dennis Coley 60 Dolly Coley 55 Sally Coley 30 Martha Coley 19 Elias Coley 12
Dear Ms. Coley,
Thank you for posting your follow up request on History Hub!
We suggest you contact the Halifax County Register of Deeds to request a search for the Coley’s marriage certificate that may include the names of their parents. We also suggest you contact the State Archives of North Carolina and refer to the State Library of North Carolina’s Sources for Vital Records document for more information regarding potential resources such as registers and indexes of marriage and death records. The FamilySearch Research wiki North Carolina Vital Records may be useful to you as well.
In addition, since he was assigned to a Mississippi regiment it is possible that he was born there and North Carolina was recorded as his birthplace in error. The “Oath of Allegiance” document appears to list his residence as Warren, Mississippi rather than North Carolina. Unfortunately the state of Mississippi did not begin to record births until 1912, though certain specific counties began recording births as early as 1879 and marriages as early as 1800. If you decide to pursue this possibility, we suggest contacting the Mississippi State Department of Archives and History and the Office of the Circuit Clerk for Warren County to request a search for marriage records. Please see the Mississippi State Department of Health Marriage Records page for additional information. The Department of Archives and History also has made a digitized version of its State Census Returns, 1818-1880 series available online that may assist you in locating any members of the Coley family living in Mississippi. Lastly, we suggest you refer to the FamilySearch Research wiki Mississippi Vital Records.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!