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AfriGeneas Genealogy and History Forum Archive 2

Re: Am I Grabbing at Straws?
In Response To: Re: Am I Grabbing at Straws? ()

The named slaves in Constantine Perkins Fitzpatrick's & son Elam's will are posted on Doll Hargrove's site, with my annotations:

http://www.dollsgen.com/fitzpatrick.htm

I didn't see Susie at a quick glance. My hunch would be to check out CPF's son Zeno's will or records of slaves. He seems to have remained in Morgan county, inheriting the bulk of family estate there. I am guessing he did purchase slaves during those boom years.

You reply brings up an interresting question; slave sales in Madison, GA....something I know nothing about, and wonder if there is any documentation on (newspapers, etc). Worth looking at any sales in neighboring counties, as who knows where regional center of slave sales was? Was it as local as town, county; or by region? I have looked at microfilms of old papers in Tuskegee, Macon county, AL and was impressed with the number of sales of slaves in the "Legals" section of the classifieds; to settle estates, and debts. These ads included neighboring counties. Some of these ads gave detailed descriptions of the people that were auctioned, always listing gender and ages; often naming them and their children, skills, even complexion. As an aside, I believe that this is truly a project worth a big transcribing effort, as it seems unique to newspapers and can not be found in court records (wills, etc).

What I do know some of is which families married into these Fitzpatricks (and thus brought slaves). Have you researched this? I have, and can tell you that they're well-documented. Probably can be found on Rootsweb, etc....but I'll be happy to cobble together the info for this forum if you want it.

Lastly, what kind of research have you done in the way of wills? I do research at my local LDS library (Church of Latter day Saints) and have on permanent loan a will book from Morgan county that includes some years in the mid 1800s. After looking up people I was interrested in, I just began browsing. There are so many named slaves in these wills! Have you looked at these microfilms? It blows me away how much info is in there for anyone researching slave ancestors....but you probably know this, if you have looked thru will books.

This is a long-winded reply, but it's because I have seen first hand in my own slave-owning family research how much information is floating around about slaves that, well, just needs to be (and much can be) consolidated.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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