I am researching my genealogy and find that I have immediate family ties in Pasquotank County dating back to (at least) the 1800s. Samuel and Jerry Waters (father and son), my great-grandfather and grandfather were noted, in one of the family tree comments I discovered, as co-owners of "Waters Bottling Company", a soda water firm in Elizabeth City from the late 1800s through approximately 1930. Jeremiah S. Waters (Jerry) was said in one instance to have died "sometime between 1903 and 1907". However, since he fathered 6 children between 1908 and 1920 (the youngest of whom was my mother), I know that statement is inaccurate. I know very little else, however, and know of no living relatives to contact for information. I've exhausted every means I know of trying to research my grandfather, the Waters Bottling Company, his 1903 marriage to Lydia Banks of Pasquotank County (her maiden name, children of that marriage, how that marriage ended, etc.), why he is reported to have died after that, and why I can't find marriage records to Laura V. White (my maternal grandmother, ALSO of Pasquotank County). I've simply hit a brick wall and don't know where to turn. Do you have any archival information on any of these matters, or can you point me in the right direction to get some answers? I recently travelled from my home in southwest Missouri and spent two weeks at Lenoir Community College Genealogy Department, the registrar of deeds offices, and several area libraries---but nowhere have I been able to solve the mystery of my grandfather's life between 1903 - 1907, the history of and his partnership in Waters Bottling Co. in Elizabeth City, and what happened immediately following his 1903 marriage to Lydia Banks. If you can help me in any way, I'd really appreciate it.
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