AfriGeneas Brick Wall Forum
I have posted this message on the surname board in hopes of someone having some information about Amanda Phillips. Since I am the only person in my family researching the family genealogy, I have many branches that I am researching. With respect to Amanda Phillips,the problem I am having is that I cannot find a death record for her between 1881-1900. In the 1880 census, she is shown with her husband Abraham Phillips in Smith County, Texas. One of the children, Rosetta, is my gggrandmother. Now I know that Rosetta's mother is Amanda, but I also know that Abraham married another women named Vina or Melvina Grey in 1882 or so. This tells me something happened to Amanda. What that something is I don't know. I also know that he divorced this Melvina in 1896. This lets me know that Amanda was no longer alive or married to Abraham.
Another method I thought of using if I could not find her death record was to try and find any relatives of her family on the census record living near Abraham and herself. Amanda's madien name was Ferguson. She and Abraham came from Alabama, so I assume her parents would have came from Alabama. Two men I found that might have been her parents are on the 1880 census. One possiblity is a Mat Ferguson (61) married to a Delia(45). The other is a T Ferguson(42). Both of these men are from Alabama and are African-American. One question I had about them though is why are they on the 1880 cenus, but not the on the 1870 census?
I also have not been able to locate the 1865 voter registration list. I interlibrary loaned microfilm that supposely had the voter registration list for smith and wood county, but the only thing on the film was list of men running for office. I am relectant to send off for more microfilm, and do not understand why this important list is not on the internet yet. I think it would help because I could see the family grouping for Amanda Ferguson before she was married to Abraham.
A third avenue I was looking into without much success was the possiblity that a merchant name A.W. Ferguson, who was prominent in the Smith County area along with George Yaroubough, might have owned slaves. I have no proof of that, and could only find information about him constructing historical buildings in Smith County and connections with the railroad.
At this moment, I am burnt out on the Amanda Phillips line. I use to live in Utah, so I was very spoiled because I could go to the Family History Library and find most records I needed. I moved back to California two years, and now have to use the family history branch which is small and doesn't have the records that one needs when doing African-American research.
Any clue as to what I can do for this line would help really help.
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