Remembering Their Names

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Cautious Advance

Restoration of Their Humanity
Linda Durr Rudd

Remembering my Great Grandparents
Monroe & Mary Byrd Markham
Washington & Mary Hargrave Marshall (Harper)
Richmond & Jane Furnace Overton
Slaves in Mississippi & Virigina

Remembering my Great Great Grandparents
James Byrd
Josephus & Elvira ? Durr
James & Marilda Whitney Markham (Marks)
Alex and Mary Copeland Mitchell
Dave & Alice Demyers Overton
Slaves in Kentucky, North Carolina & Mississippi

Remembering my Great Great Great Grandparents
Luke and Rebecca ? Copeland
Peggie Demyers (Myers)
Baberi Markham
Slaves in Mississippi, Tennessee & Virginia

Researching for my ancestors, I found the names of other enslaved people on pre 1870 records. This site is dedicated to giving voice to those who remain silent on dusty shelves waiting on their descendants to remember their names.

The ancestors' lives were entangle with those who held them in bondage, therefore, information about the slaveowners will also be included.

Those of my ancestors who were found on the 1870 federal census were found in Copiah and Lincoln Counties, Mississippi. My research extends into Jefferson and Simpson counties of Mississippi.

Byrd, Copeland, Demyers, Durr, Furnace, Hargrave, Harper, Markham, Marshall, Mitchell, Overton, Usher, and Whitney are the direct lines I will be remembering.

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Remembering Slaves Named in Allotments, Appraisements, Bill of Sales, Deed of Gifts, Inventories, Land Deed Records, Wills

COPIAH COUNTY
Hugh Elisha Anderson's Land Deed Records ~ Martin A. Anding's Inventory
Elizabeth Brown's Inventory and Appraisement of Slaves ~ 1855 NEW
Joseph Brown's Inventory and Appraisement of Slaves ~ 1844 NEW
Daniel Buie's Inventory ~ Neil Buie's Inventory and Neil Buie's Allotment
George A. Decell's Allotment ~ Jacob R. Durr's Inventory
Seth Granberry's Inventory and Seth Granberry's Will
George and Dorcas Shuler Lambright's Will, Inventory and Deed of Gifts
Reuben McLemore's Inventory ~ Dougald McMillian's Inventory ~ Elizabeth McNeill, Inventory
Hector McNeill's Inventory ~ John David McNeill's Inventory
Nancy G. McNeill's Inventory and Death Bed Declaration ~ Thomas A. McNeill's Inventory
John Rembert's Inventory ~ William Stackhouse's Last Will and Testament
Peachy R. Taliaferro's Last Will and Inventory ~ Peachy R. Taliaferro's Division of Slaves

FRANKLIN COUNTY
Archibald Buie's Deed of Gifts
James I. Lee's Deed of Gifts

JEFFERSON COUNTY
Gilbert Buie's Deed of Gifts ~ Gilbert Buie's Will ~ John Buie' Inventory
The Division of John Buie's Slave Property ~ 1826 and 1835
Cato Family's Deed of Gifts
Druscilla J. Chambliss' Deed of Gift ~ William D. Coleman's Division of Slaves
Armstrong Flowers' 1859 Inventory and Appraisement List of Slaves
Agnes Grafton's Inventory of Slaves
Hire Appraisement of William A. Killingsworth's Negroes
Abraham Mayberry's Will and Inventory Listing of Slaves
Duncan McArn's Slave List ~ Duncan McArn's Bill of Sale ~ Duncan McArn's Indenture Child's Contract
John McDaniel's Deed of Gift ~ Charles McLean's Inventory List
John D. McNair's Inventory and Appraisement List ~ 1835
John Mitchell's Deed of Gift ~ John Mitchell's Inventory List ~ John Mitchell's Will
Rosswood Plantation Inventory Listing of Slaves - 1861
Samuel and Madora A. Scott's Deed of Gifts
Shaw's Bill of Sales - 1847, 1854 and 1859 ~ Thompson Breckenridge Shaw's Inventory - 1854
Lewis Hobbs Sims' 1857 Inventory and Appraisement
John Iland Stampley's 1847 Inventory and Appraisement
` William Thompson's Bill of Sale ~ John Watson's Deed of Gift

Jefferson County Slave Court Records

SIMPSON COUNTY
Drury Chandler's Estate Sale
Duncan McLaurin's Bill of Sale of Seventy-One Slaves
John Norwood's Last Will and Testament, which includes 1870 matching families from John's will.



Bits and Pieces

History of Caseyville, Lincoln County, MS

FAMILIES
Henny's Family - Up From Slavery
Bryant-McDaniel Family of Franklin and Jefferson County, MS
Mary Bryant-McDaniel Etta Cox, Civil War Widow of Two Soldiers
Ann Nelson's Children

BOOKS
Lincoln County 1885 Educable Children List
All school age children are included.
Contact Linda Rudd to purchase this book. Cost is $15 plus postage.

Union Church Presbyterian Church Session Records 1820-1887 - BOOK

CHURCHES and CEMETERIES
Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery ~ Jefferson County
Calvin Blue Cemetery - African American Burials ~ Copiah County
Carver Heights Cemetery ~ Lincoln County
Cool Springs Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery ~ Franklin County
Crump Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery ~ Lincoln County
Ebenezer Church Cemetery - Claiborne County
Galilee AME Church Cemetery - Lincoln County
Gallman Chapel AME Zion Church Cemetery - Copiah County
Greater New Zion Church Cemetery ~ Copiah County
Hickory Block United Methodist Church Cemetery ~ Jefferson County
Hickory Block Cemetery Deed - 1906
Hickory Block Church Deed - 1893
Hickory Block Church Deed - 1899
Hunters Cemetery ~ Copiah County - Death Certificates for Hunters Cemetery 1912-1943 NEW
Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery ~ Lincoln County
Mount Carmel Cemetery - Lincoln County
Mount Mariah Baptist Church Cemetery ~ Jefferson County
Mount Mariah Church Cemetery Deed - 1904
Mount Mariah Baptist Church Deed ~ 1875
Mount Pisgah AME Church Cemetery ~ Lincoln County
Mount Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery ~ Claiborne County
Mount Shady Grove Baptist Church Deed - 1874
Mount Sinai Cemetery ~ Copiah County
Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery ~ Lincoln County
New Hope Cemetery ~ Lincoln County
Pleasant Grove M. B. Church Cemetery ~ Amite County
Rose Hill City Cemetery ~ Lincoln County
Saint Luke Cemetery ~ Franklin County
Saint Paul M. B. Church on the River Cemetery ~ Copiah County
Scott Family Memorial Cemetery ~ Lincoln County
Union Church Presbyterian Church Servant Members List
Wesley Chapel Cemetery ~ Jefferson County - NEW
Zion Chapel A. M. E. Church Cemetery - Lincoln County



Slave Narratives

Slave Narrative of Robert Bryant (1850-1942) of Franklin and Jefferson County, MS
Slave Narrative of Joe Bouy (Buie) (1852-1939) of Lincoln County, MS
Slave Narrative of Simon Durr (1845-1939) of Copiah and Simpson County, MS
Slave Narrative of Glasco Norwood (1852-1951) of Simpson County, MS
Slave Narrative of Lewis Wallace (1853-1943) of Claiborne and Jefferson County, MS
Slave Narrative of Robert Weathersby of Rankin and Simpson County, MS
Slave Narrative of Steve Weathersby (1856-1942) of Simpson County, MS

The Workers Project Administration workers also recorded narratives from white participants as they did the former slaves. The narrative of John Wooley of Caseyville, MS, and the narrative of J. H. Williams of Brookhaven, MS, are insightful on the treatment of slaves in the area.



Remembering Slaves Named in Church Records, Diaries, Letters, Plantation Records

Jane McLaurin Buie's Letter - This letter was written in 1858 by Jane to her only daughter Missouri Ann Buie. Jane lived in Casyville, Copiah County, MS. Sickness and death among the "negroes" are mention.

Prentiss Buie's Letter - This letter was written in 1867 by Prentiss to his father David Buie of Caseyville, Copiah County, MS. Prentiss writes his father about seeing Wade, a former slave of his father, near Ole Miss.

Almarinda Kennison Shaw's Letter - This letter was written in 1865 to Almarinda's mother-in-law Mary Shaw. She writes of her frustrations with the Federal troops, freedmen and her loneliness.

Harriet Walker's Letter - This letter was written in 1858 by former slave Harriet to her mistress Mary Shaw. Harriet writes inquiring about her children.

Ned was purchased in Fayetteville, NC, by Duncan McArn of Union Church, Jefferson County, MS, from John McLaurin. McArn felt he had received an "unsound negro." Read the correspondence, dated 1836, between Duncan McArn and John McLaurin concerning Ned's health and sale.

Edwina Burnley Memoirs describe life on Somerset Plantation near Hazlehurst, Mississippi, in Copiah County, including details about activities, relatives, neighbors, and slaves. The 1860 Copiah County Slave Schedule shows Edwina's father, Edwin Burnley, owning 60 slaves.

Poplar Hill Plantation Records -- Jefferson County, MS

Shadyside Plantation in Jefferson County, MS - Archibald Smith's Plantation Ledger

Union Church Presbyterian Church is located in Union Church, Jefferson County, MS, where a branch of my ancestors'slave owners were charter members, decons, clerks, and elders of this church. The name of servants , acceptance and baptismal date, and the owner's name is also included in the records. The first recorded servant member was in 1827. The last recorded servant member was in 1864. After Emancipation, the servants formed their own church named Hickory Block Church.



THE CIVIL WAR

Remembering men who served as body servants or soldiers from Copiah, Franklin, Jefferson, and Lincoln County, MS.

UNITED STATES COLORED TROOPS

Pvt. King Anding of the 6th Regiment, United States Colored Heavy Artillery
Pvt. Samuel Anding of the 6th Regiment, United States Colored Heavy Artillery
Pvt. Robert Austin of the 50th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry - NEW
Sergeant Ryal Blue of the 6th Regiment, United States Colored Heavy Artillery
Pvt. Edmund Bowie of the 58th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry by Willie L. Robinson
Pvt. Perry Bowie/Buie of the 58th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry
Pvt. Stephen Bowie/Buie of the 58th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry
Pvt. Dave Brown of the 58th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry ~ Jefferson County
Pvt. Robert Burnett of the 58th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry
Pvt. Benjamin Christmas of the 50th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry - NEW
Pvt. Grandville Cox of the 58th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry

Pvt. John Culver of the 58th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry
Read a few of the affidavits written in John Culver's pension case:
Eliza Blue, Lucinda Coleman, Richard Coleman, Hannah Culver, Washington Davenport, Edward Harris, James P. McMillan, Pearlie Scott, and Reason Wooley.

Corporal Robert Culver of the 58th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry
Pvt. Israel Etta of the 58th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry
Private Eli Herring of the 58th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry
George Lyons - Nonmilitary Role of the 58th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry
Private Daniel Mack of the 58th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry
Private James Mack of the 58th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry
Private Calvin McCormick of the 6th Regiment, United States Colored Heavy Artillery
Private Asa McFall of the 5th Regiment, United States Colored Heavy Artillery
Private Sandy McMillian of the 58th Regiment, United States Colored Troops
Private Anderson Mitchell of the 58th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry
Private Eddy Mitchell of the 6th Regiment, United States Colored Heavy Artillery
Private Thomas Taliaferro of the 50th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry - NEW
Private George Thomas of the 58th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry
Private Edmond Woods of the 58th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry

CONFEDERATE BODY SERVANTS

Copiah County Body Servants of Confederate Soldiers - NEW

John Arnold, Body Servant to Albert Brown Douglass of the 36th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry
John Banks, Body Servant to Daniel S. Baker of the 36th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry
John's Indigent Servant's Application for Confederate Pension
John's Death Certificate
Joseph Coleman, Body Servant to Dan Wilson of the 1st Mississippi Cavalry (Adams/Woods)
Charles Coleman Earls, Body Servant to Daniel S. Coleman of the 33rd Regiment, Mississippi Infantry
Howard Divinity, Body Servant to Robert "Bob" Marion Scott of the 12th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry
Simon Durr, Body Servant to Robert Jacob Durr of the 39th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry
Alexander Markham, Body Servant to Henry Covington of the 1st Regiment, Mississippi Light Artillery
Port McNeill, Body Servant to George A. McNeill of the 1st Regiment, Mississippi Light Artillery
Barney Quarles, Body Servant to James A. Lee of the 7th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry
Morris Thompson, Body Servant to Elijah C. Miller of the 4th Regiment, Mississippi Cavalry



FREEDMEN BUREAU LABOR CONTRACTS - 1865

Copiah and Simpson County, Mississippi

William Ainsworth , Calvin J. Brinson , Henry Cato , L. N. Geigher , Caroline Gibson , Robert Mahaffey , John May , William May , David McRee , Robert Norwood , E. Owens , D. Touchstone , Owen Weathersby



SOUTHERN CLAIMS COMMISSION

Deposition of Levi Adams (Colored) in the Southern Claims Case of Sterling Cato - Jefferson County, MS

Maria Catherine McLean Buie's Southern Claims Case - Jefferson County, MS
Depositions of those who Testified in Maria Buie's Case
John D. Blue (Neighbor) ~ John B. Bowen (Neighbor)
Maria C. McLean Buie (Claimant) ~ Robert M. Buie (Claimant's Husband)
Flora E. Cameron (Neighbor) ~ John H. Clark (Neighbor)
Felix Mason (Former Hired Slave of McLean Family) ~ John J. Mclean (Cousin of Claimant)
Milly McLean (Former McLean Family Slave) ~ William A. McLean (Cousin of Claimant)
Summaries of Case
United States' Brief of Loyalty
Maria Buie's Reply to United States' Brief of Loyalty

Mary Lemons Buie's Southern Claims Case - Lincoln County, MS
Depositions of those who Testified in Mary Buie's Case
Benjamin Franklin Anding (Neighbor) ~ Calvin Blue (Neighbor) ~ Luther Blue (Neighbor)
Daniel Buie, Jr. (Mary's Son) ~ John M. Buie (Mary's Son) ~ Pleasant Hemphill (Former Overseer)
James P. McMillan (Neighbor) ~ Alex Roundtree (Former Slave) ~ Charles Roundtree (Former Slave)
Summaries of Mary Buie's Case
United States' Brief of Mary Buie's Loyalty
The Buie's Reply to United States' Brief of Loyalty



CENSUS RECORDS

Copiah, Jefferson, Franklin, Lincoln, and Simpson County, Mississippi

1820 Census, Jefferson County, MS, Free People of Color
1830 Census, Jefferson County, MS, Free People of Color
1850 Simpson County Slave Schedule
1850 Census, Jefferson County, MS, Free People of Color
1860 Census, Jefferson County, MS, Free People of Color
1860 Copiah County Slave Schedule
1860 Franklin County Slave Schedule
1860 Jefferson County Slave Schedule
1860 Simpson County Slave Schedule
1869 Freedmen Tax Roll, Jefferson County, MS
1870 Copiah County Census
1870 Simpson County Census
1890 Census of Civil War Soliders, Sailors or Their Widows -- Copiah County, MS
1890 Census of Civil War Soldiers, Sailors or Their Widows -- Lincoln County, MS
1892 Educable Children List, Colored -- Caseyville, Lincoln County, MS
1892 Educable Children List, White -- Caseyville, Lincoln County, MS
1892 Educable Children List, Colored -- Meadville, Franklin County, MS

Largest Slaveholder from 1860 Slave Census and Schedules Surname Matches for African Americans on 1870 Census -- Copiah and Jefferson County, MS



MEMORIES FROM OTHER MISSISSIPPI COUNTIES

ADAMS COUNTY -- Over sixty slaves of the Aventine Plantation were listed in the 1859-1860 plantation diary. Thomas R. Shields was the owner of Aventine.

LAUDERDALE COUNTY -- Emanuel Alexander Durr's Freedman Bureau Labor Contract

OKTIBBEHA COUNTY -- Former slave Peggy Peacock Kelly's letter was written on her behalf inquiring of her former owner, Thomas Peacok, if he knew the whereabouts of any surviving family members whom she had not seen since being sold.

TALLAHATCHIE COUNTY -- The 1843 will of John Buie named seven slaves which he bequeathed to his wife and children.

WARREN COUNTY -- Isaiah Thorton Montgomery and Benjamin Green were former slaves of Joseph E. Davis, brother of Jefferson Davis, on the Hurricane Plantation in Warren County. Montgomery and Green are the founders of Mound Bayou, BOLIVAR COUNTY, Mississippi.



MS DEATH INDEX 1912-1943
Selected Surnames

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ANDING ~ BUIE ~ BYRD ~ CAMERON ~ COLEMAN ~ COPELAND ~ CULVER ~ DEMYERS ~ DURR ~ FURNACE ~ GOODWIN ~ HARGRAVE ~ MARKHAM ~ MARSHALL ~ OVERTON ~ USHER ~ WHITNEY

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