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Re: Free Person
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Hi again Renae,
If Eldridge was listed as a farmer, that's a good indication that he owned the land. Otherwise he'd be a farm laborer. The deed means he owned the land, so that's two sources of documentation that he possessed real estate. Sharecroppers were landless people who "rented" land in exchange for their labor and a share of the crop to the land owner. Since he owned the land, he must have had a house on it to live in.
The 1850 and 1860 Census generally (bot not always, unfortunately, due to human error) lists African Americans as either b for black or M or MU for mulatto (meaning racially mixed).
Since the oral history says he owned lots of animals, that would be his personal estate/property.
You are indeed welcome. Hope I answered all of your questions satisfactorily. If not, please ask away.
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