2012-05-29 Hezekiah Russell FPOC ?
vkn: Howdy Selma
Selma: Good evening vkn... Hot enough for you in Atlanta..it was a scorcher here today
vkn: Did you get a chance to read the article on freed school children VA?
vkn: We got rain today So how did it grab ya
vkn: and naught but truth
Selma: I am never sure if folks write things the way they think they should sound..
Selma: or what their audience wants to read or hear..
vkn: Prolly sheer ignorance or innocence
Selma: Their thirst and belief in an education is true My Mom left on Sunday..trying to get myself back on a schedule..
vkn: ahhhhhhhhh did roof get fixed
Selma: I have to check with my sister...they will need a new roof..
vkn: Hope the rain holds until roof is done. Thanx goodness that roofers are fast workers
Selma: Good evening easyskier Welcome to the Tuesday night chat
easyskier: Hi how are you...this is my first time
Selma: Well welcome...
vkn: Howdy easyskier welcome and we are glad you are here
Selma: easyskier..what state and county are you researching?
easyskier: I have been researching Canada, GA, SC, MI, MS and now Washington, DC Thanks for the welcome......
vkn: What surname in GA
Selma: I have been indexing alot of DC 1940 census records...
easyskier: I need some guidance....I think I just found my 4th great-grandfather in the 1820 census in DC as a free black. What other documents from that period could I research to find the names of family members and more about him??? My GA surnames are Latham, Moreland and Watts
Selma: How old was he in 1820..and was he still there in 1830?
easyskier: I don't know how old he was.....I was researching my 3rd greatgrfather when I found his last marriage certificate (there were 3) and it listed his father as Hezekiah Russell and I found a Hezekiah in the 1820 census. I didn't see him in 1830.
Selma: Good evening deannie.
vkn: Howdy deannie
deannie: Even All...how was your holiday...
easyskier: hi deannie
vkn: Quiet and wet deannie and yours
deannie: Hi selma, vkn, and easyskier (you are new to me)....nice to chat with you
easyskier: yes I am new
deannie: Chi Town is on fire and I do not mean the kind the burn....Chicago is going crazy...the city have 40 shot in one weekend and 10 deaths
vkn: My goodness their badness
easyskier: Oh....be careful
vkn: I am in Atlanta easyskier where are you
deannie: I do not know where their heads are...I work in correction and if they know what prison was before they go they would stop...
easyskier: I am in Los Angeles. My fathers family is from the ATL area
deannie: welcome back Selma
Selma: Sorry..clicked my self out..
vkn: Ouchies Selma
deannie: where is research easyskier
easyskier: thought you had left me
vkn: easyskier I raised my children in Santa Barbara
easyskier: Been researching Canada, MS, GA, MI, SC and TX.
deannie: where in Mississippi
Selma: easyskier...you are researching a lot of territory.. LOL
easyskier: was in santa barbara last weekend. coahoma, MS and I have not done much of anything there. Been concentrating on my Canada connection which lead me to DC this week.
deannie: Ok...I have a few family member there (about 1900)
Selma: easyskier..so you found a Hezekiah Russell in DC in 1820? Not sure if DC required free blacks to register
easyskier: my great great maternal grandparents were freed slaves from Coahoma,MS but I don't know where to start on that one
deannie: what the surnnames...mine are WEBSTER, TYLER, BRADLEY
vkn: I am in and out of room deannie
easyskier: yes found Hezekiah Russell in 1820 in DC. His son??, Benjamin, was born in 1807 in DC and left for Canada about 1840 with his wife and first two kids My MS surname is Bell and Grigsby
vkn: Does Daviss know that you have TYLER deannie
deannie: Not that I know of but I let her know
Selma: Where do they go in Canada?
easyskier: why would free blacks register?
vkn: I research BELL all over but mostly GA and AL easyskier
Selma: Because Free blacks in most southern states had to register..VA started registration beginning in 1793.. Mostly because they wanted to keep tabs on them..
vkn: tabs and toes lol
easyskier: Benjamin and family went to Ontario and then moved to the Fort Erie area
Selma: In case you are looking for more Canada info..Lisa Lee of the Canada Forum here at AfriGeneas is a great resource they were also seen as a threat.. I am trying to think who is a DC researcher..
easyskier: He had eight more children in Canada...I know a lot about him and the family, land records, militia etc. Now I want to know if Hezekiah is my 4th great grandfather.......if he is I can document 9 generations!!!
Selma: Thats great
Selma: So Benjamin leaves DC in 1840..with first wife and 2 kids..when you find Hezekiah in DC, how many other folks are living in his household I meant Benjamin.. Sorry it is late my brain gets slow
vkn: join the club selma
easyskier: Hezekiah had 6 people in his household....himself, his wife???, a mother?? 2 boys and 1 daughter.
Selma: Does Benjamin name his mother?
easyskier: her name was Harriet A. he didn't give a surname other than Russell.
vkn: What is your email easyskier will refer to Lisa Lee who Selma mentioned
easyskier: easyskier@.....My Canadian research on
Selma: I would check the usual records for DC..maybe Hezekiah owned property, wills, deeds, he would have paid taxes.. Maybe marriages for children..they would be identified as free blacks or colored Not sure if they were keeping birth and death records during that time frame. The other question too is Hezekiah "born free" or emancipated..the status of his children would be based on the status of their mother not him
easyskier: Are anyting of those records for free blacks online?? I do know that Benjamin's 1st wife Elizabeth said she was born in PA.
Selma: Do you do all your research on line..or do you have access to FHCenters or archives?
vkn: A large Family History Center is in West Los Angeles easyskier
easyskier: I do both.....though I have had more success at FHC and archives than on line.
Selma: I just looked at Ancestry..I don't see Hezekiah in 1820? where is he in DC
easyskier: Actually he was in MD I think just across the border. I didn't put in a place and he appears to be the only black. Benjamin said he was born in DC
deannie: I have to run....nice to have meet you easyskier...come back again...this are good researcher with a lot of knowledge
Selma: Ah...now that is different
easyskier: maybe I shoud say Benjamin and family left USA abt 1840.
Selma: You need to research Hezekiah in Maryland..
vkn: Y'all be good. Selma is the best easyskier
Selma: Oh jeez..
easyskier: ok I will start there
Selma: Yes..you need to study him there.. Have you looked at Paul Heinegg's site free AA's in MD, VA, SC..these are families that are Free beginning in the 1600's..he goes up to about 1810
easyskier: no I didn't know about it
Selma: Go to the Free People of Color forum on afrigeneas... cllick to his site..he has an introduction and then info on early free black families. then links to his work..remember he follows the families who were free beginning in 1600's and works forward..
easyskier: ok...thanks for the info. May I contact you from time to time
easyskier: your email please
Selma: We also meet at the Lunch Bunch Chat at Noon EST Monday thru Friday selinva@
easyskier: I've seen your posts before.
Selma: Hope they were helpful
easyskier: You, Valencia and Melvin are pro's
Selma: Well we try.. I will tell you that Maryland and DC are not areas I research..
easyskier: I think you are and appreciate the help
Selma: Your welcome..well past my bedtime..gotta run..have a good evening
easyskier: well perhaps I will run into to someone via the forum who does research in MD and DC
Selma: Oh yes..there are a number of MD and DC researchers..
easyskier: you too sleep tight
Selma: Good night