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Re: Real Estate and Personal Estate on 1860 cenusu
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Sandra's observations in paragraph 2 are right on target. "I suspect that the answer to your question will have to be dealt with on a case by case basis. Some may have sold their land, the land of others may have been taken away or confiscated if taxes were not paid, etc. "
Your posting came to mind this morning when I was flipping through "Free Creoles of Color Mobile and Pensacola" and Loren Schweinger's chater on the "Antebellum and Civil War Years." If you haven't bought this book, it will be an invaluable gateway into understanding the connections of your ancestors to history and other allied families.
After the influx of Americans to Mobile, Pensacola and Gulf Coast areas, the FPOC began to lose all of their "middle ground" status. Schweinger writes that many of the FPOC's from the Gulf Region left for Haiti in 1859 and 1860. The Civil War saw Confederates take land and slaves from FPOC followed by the Union Army's takeover of the area. "For many Creoles of Color, wartime destruction was only a harbinger of things to come." For instance "Between 1860 and 1870, total black wealth---real and personal holdings(Iberville) ....went from $665,100 to approximately $104,600."
Afrigeneas' respected scholar and author Del Jupiter cautions her readers to "cast a wide net" in researching our ancestors. I continue to remember her words. I've mentioned before the close relationships and intermarriages with people from Mobile and Pensacola. Remember that the populations of both cities was small thus their networks were small. For example, your Mobile Chastagne ancestors married into my allied family Collins ancestors from Pensacola.
Not to sound like a broken record, but it is important that you cast a wider net and read anything you can on the life and times of people from that region.
Sending my best regards and good luck.
K Wyer Lane
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