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.
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.
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.
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 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?
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
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