Lewis Wallace's Slave Narrative

Transcribed and Researched by Linda Durr Rudd

My name is Lewis Wallace an I lives on the Ben Magruder place 'bout two miles from Pattison. I is 87 years old and even if I do carry a staff I kin walk a fur ways. I kin hoe a row of cotton, too, when hits nice an' cool in de early mornin'.

I was born in Jefferson county an' ain' never lived no where but 'round in dese parts.

In slavery days I b'longed to Mr. Armstrong Flowers. I was a yard boy an' de Flowers was rich an' had a heap o' slaves. But Marse Flowers died wid de whiskey fits. He was a powerful fine man till one of dem fits come on. Den he was turrible. He'd jus' run us niggers nearly to death, an' he'd grab old Missus by de hair of her head an' drag her up an' down de long front gal'y. Us niggers was so scared we didn' have good sense. Sometimes he'd think he seen de debble an' he'd make us try to ketch him. He'd holler: "Dig a deep hole for de debble! When us seen old Marse wasn' lookin' us niggers would yell: "Yon' he go, Marse, Yon' he go! De debble done jump out an' jus' a-runnin'. An' we'd pint 'way off so as he would turn loose of pore Mistus hair an' jump off de gal'y. Den he'd say, skeered like: "He'p me ketch him boys, he'p me ketch him!" Den we'd all start a runnin after a debble what warnt dere, an' 'round an' 'round de place we'd go. Sometimes he'd fall out like he clean wore out, an' one day he died in one of dem whiskey fits.

After dat our Mistus marry Judge Millsaps an he was a good marster. When de war was over I stayed on wid my white folks. Dey was good to me an I didn' have no where special to go. I nevah was much on travelling 'round.

I'se got chillen an' gran'-chillen what is good to me an' I likes dis part of de world jus fine.

Lewis Wallace was born 20 Nov 1853 in Jefferson County, MS. His parents were Jack Wallace and Clarissa Henderson. He married Bothia Ann Bell 15 Jan 1873 in Claiborne County, MS. Lewis died 09 July 1943 in Pattison, Claiborne County, MS.

Armstrong Flowers was born 24 Feb 1825 in Kentucky. He married Catherine Shaw 5 Jan 1848 in Claiborne County, MS. Catherine Shaw was the daughter of Thompson B. Shaw and Mary Shaw. Armstrong died 13 March 1859 in Jefferson County, MS. After Armstrong's death, Catherine married Judge Jackson Millsaps 12 Dec 1860 in Jefferson County, MS. In 1860, Catherine Flowers owned 35 slaves per the 1860 Jefferson County Slave Schedule.

1870 - Claiborne County, Brandywine Dist, MS - Page 553
Jack Wallace, 44 - Lizzie, 38 - Sally, 19 - LOUIS, 17 - Thomas, 7 - Jackson, 4 - Bella, 15 - Joseph, 12 - Alice, 10 - Ida, 6 - Jane, 2

1870 - Claiborne County, Brandywine Dist, MS - Page536
W. Bell, 54 - Ann, 48 - Ellen, 21 - BEITHA A., 16 - Minta, 11

LEWIS WALLACE m. BOTHIA ANN BELL 15 Jan 1873 in Claiborne County, MS

1880 - Claiborne County - Brandywine - Page 621
Louis Wallace, 26 - Boathey, 21, wife - Washington, 8, son - Clarasa, 7, daughter - Harriet, 5, daughter, Sizzie, 4, daughter

1900 - Claiborne County - Beat 5 - Page 188
Lewis C. Wallace, 47 - Botha, 46, wife - Anna, 17, daughter - Elijah, 17, son - Minnie, 15, daughter - Sallie, 12, daughter - Ellen, 10, daughter - Lewis, 6, son

1910 - Claiborne County - Beat 5 - Page 279
Loouis C., 56 - Bertha, 53, wife - Sarah, 22, daughter - Lewis, 16, son

1920 - Claiborne County - Pattison; Brandywine - Page 245
Lewis C. Wallace, 66 - Botlia, wife, 64 - Sarah, daughter, 32 - Ethel Williams, 11, granddaughter - Bell Anderson, 10, grandson - Lewis Johnson, 1 month, grandson


Federal Writer's Slave Narrative of Lewis Wallace
RootsWeb's WorldConnect Project
Lewis Wallis Death Certificate - MS1943-9565
Armstrong E. Flowers' Jefferson County Probate Records - Case Number: D88
Microfilm Number: 12195
Microfilm found at Mississippi Department of Archives and History

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