AfriGeneas Brick Wall Forum
Re: Paul West
In Response To: Paul West ()
In 1880, there is a nephew Edward Pierce living with Paul's family. Have you done any research on him? If you can track down Edward's parents, then you might have a sibling to Paul. This would give you an advantage once you do research on slave records, where you might need to compare lists of slaves to your ancestor's families at the time.
I looked at the 1860 and 1850 slave schedules, and the Pierce slave owners have one slave that seems to have similar age as Paul West (I'm then assuming that he was born in the late 1840s). At least in 1850 they are living close to the family of Benjamin West.
If I had to choose one birth place of the three for Paul I would choose North Carolina (Paul's daughter Lizzy's death certificate on ancestry.com also lists his birth place as North Carolina) and that does not really fit in to this puzzle, both the Pierce or West families seem to have been from Virginia.
That makes me wonder about that $250 dollars you mentioned. You mentioned you have looked through wills, have you also looked through the deed books for bills of sales?
Given the west and Pierce, I believe (not that surprising) that Paul was a slave in Christian County before the civil war. If you don't make any progress on this, but you REALLY can't let it go, I would go through all inventories and estates in the county from let's say 1840 and forward, page up and page down especially if you have more ancestors from Christian County. That's when it would help if you can get a hold on a sibling of Paul before starting that kind of research.
A tip: If you decide to go through the estates page up and page down, it does not take that much longer to extract ALL slave names you find. Two reasons for doing that: