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Re: Robert NORRIS, Wilcox County, AL, 1861-1940

Hello All,

Still trying to advance research on my Brick Wall. Haven't made any progress so I'm revisiting my working assumptions.

1. Assuming my GF is the 10 year old boy named Robert listed in the family of Becca Mixon in the 1870 Census, Rehobeth, Wilcox County, AL, 1870 then where is Becca in 1860? Becca would have been 25 years old in 1860.

2. Classa Mixon (Wilcox County, Western Division) did not have any female slaves the right age to be Becca.

3. J.E Norris is listed following Classa in the 1860 Wilcox County Slave Schedules. He owned two slaves. One was a 24 year old female, the same age as Becca would have been in 1860. However, based on an indenture dated 1848, I had assumed that the female slave owned by J.E. Norris may have been named "Julia."

Question #1: Given that the surname Mixon is so closely linked to my Norris family, is it reasonable to conclude based on the physical proximity of the white Mixon and Norris households, that Becca in the 1870 census is the same woman as the 24 year old female slave owned by J.E. Norris in 1860?

J.E. Norris died sometime between the 1860 and 1870 censuses; his widow and children are found in 1870 in other locales in Alabama and in Texas.

Question #2: Robert Norris was very light complexioned and according to my Dad could have passed for White (photo of Robert: http://www.prairiebluff.com/roots/norris/robert32shad.gif). Can I safely assume, given his physical appearance and that we know that his father was White, that his mother was also mulatto, quadroon or perhaps octoroon? I have very little else to go on so this may be useful information to have.

Thanks.

B.J.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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