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Helfer / Helper Family

First Generation

Jacob Helfer died in Rowan County NC in 1808. His will names sons David, Daniel, Henry and Jacob; daughters Elizabeth and Caty; son John's daughter Rebecca; wife Catherine. Catherine appears as head of household in the 1820 and 1830 Rowan County censuses. In 1840 she is not listed, and was probably living with one of her children, most likely Jacob, as her will, written August 1841 and probated August 1842 (Davie Co. NC), states that she was feeble, and names Jacob and several grandchildren.

This name is spelled Helfer in the early records. Daniel's family, and perhaps others, changed the spelling to the English equivalent Helper. At least some of Jacob Jr.'s descendants continue to appear in 19th century records as Helfer.

Second Generation

Children of Jacob and Catherine Helfer, oldest children not necessarily in birth order
John Helfer (probably d. before 1808), wife's name unknown
Henry Helfer m Mary Bradley in 1804, Rowan Co. NC
Jacob Helfer m. Sarah Husbands in 1805, Rowan Co. NC
David Helfer (1791-?)
Daniel Helper (1794-1830) m. Sarah Brown (1798-1880)
Elizabeth Helfer
Catherine Helfer

Jacob Helfer probably died around 1840. Several deeds in Davie County in the 1840s mention "the widow Helfer" and Sarah appears in the 1850 census, age 74, living with her son Samuel.

Henry Helfer appears in Rowan County through the 1820 census. We don't know what happened to him after that.

Third Generation

Children of Jacob Helfer and Sarah Husbands
Daniel Helfer probably m. Gartwood(?) Nelson in 1825, Rowan County
Samuel Helfer (ca. 1808-aft. 1860) m. Sarah ?
Uriah Helfer
Hiram Helfer
Susan Helfer


Children of John Helper and his wife
Rebecca Helper. Did she marry Davie Earnest in 1830, Rowan County?


Children of Daniel Helper and Sarah Brown
Horace Haston Helper (1819-1849)
Henney Minerva Helper (1820-1835)
Hardy Hogan Helper (1822-1899) m. 1) Elizabeth Long, d/o Alexander Long and Mary Williams; 2) Selena Folk (1835-1907)
Amanda Maria Helper (1823-1834)
Hanson Pinkney Helper (1825-?) m. 1) Mattie McGaw, 2) Sally Catherine Adams
Hampton Lafayette Helper (1827-1836)
Hinton Rowan Helper (1829-1909) m. Maria Louisa Rodriguez

Hinton Rowan Helper was the author of The Impending Crisis of the South: How to Meet It, which was published in 1857. This book denouncing slavery was welcomed by abolitionists in the north but made its author one of the most hated men in the south.

Fourth Generation

Children of Hardie Hogan Helper and Elizabeth Long
Hinton Alexander Helper (1849-aft. 1909)

Children of Hardie Hogan Helper and Selena Folk
Daniel Ott Helper (1875-1926) m. Mary Cornelia Glasscock (1879-?)
Mattie Helper m. ? Neering


Children of Hanson Pinkney Helper and Sally Catherine Adams
Lillie Helper m. William Vinson


Children of Samuel and Sarah Helfer
Pleasant Helfer (ca. 1834-?) m. Susan ?
Amos Young Helfer (ca. 1836-aft. 1900) m. 1) Rebecca Holmes, 2) Sarah Grimes, 3) M.E. Miller
Emily Helfer (ca. 1838-?)
Samuel Helfer (ca. 1840-?) may have died in Civil War

Who is William Helfer who married Clisa Mourey in 1843 in Rowan County NC?

Who is William Helfer age 20 in 1850, with wife Christina, living in Davie County?

John H. Hardie was bondsman for the marriage of Hardie Hogan Helper and Elizabeth Long in 1848. Is he a relative?


Obituaries and other newspaper clippings saved by Margaret Maud Brown Pollard and her daughters

Wall, James W., History of Davie County in the Forks of the Yadkin, Davie County Historical Publishing Association, Mocksville NC North Carolina marriage bonds, Rowan and Davie Counties

Hinton Alexander Helper, The Genealogy of the Thomas Canon Brown Family in North Carolina - ms, 1909 [note: this manuscript contains some serious inaccuracies about the Brown family]

Abstracts of Wills and Estates Records of Rowan County, North Carolina 1753-1805 and Tax Lists of 1759 and 1778, copyright Jo White Linn 1980; also Rowan County North Carolina Will Abstracts (2 volumes), partially duplicates above

Linn, Jo White (1973). Davie County North Carolina Will and Deed Abstracts (Wills 1836-1900, Deeds 1836-1850).

Davie County NC 1850-1870 census records

Rowan County NC 1800-1870 census records

This page was revised on November 23, 2001.

©, 2001-2007 Faye Jarvis Moran

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