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Re: Sam Lee or Sam Davis
In Response To: Sam Lee or Sam Davis ()
For the past four years I had been searching for my gg grand-family in Mississippi under the surname of Burrell/Burwell. This year I discovered that they were last owned by Martha J Hardaway, who married a man named Vaughan. I was able to locate them in 1870 Tennessee census with the surname of Vaughn. Sometime in the 1880's our name was changed to Burrell, which was the name originally when they were living in the Petersburg, VA area. I have not been able to locate my gg grandfather/mother any time after 1870, or with the surname Burrell, and have concluded they had probably passed on. However, the rest of the family was found beginning in the 1900 census in Maryland with the current name.
If you know the name of the slave owner and there may be more than one, before the end of the war, their names may be listed in a will or in tax records. You may be able to pin point the name. I was up against the wall for a good while and never would have guessed the name Vaughn. But, I found them all listed in the "Marshall County Mississippi Probate and Will Records" book.
In 1850, Person Davis of Talladega, AL owned some 38 slaves. It was a large family and the other Davis' in the area may have been related. His will can be obtained from the Talladega County Courthouse. He died in 1856. Part of his will is online at the link http://genforum.genealogy.com/davis/messages/15343.html It's a start.
Just wanted to share my experience and hopefully it will help.