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Re: FPOC Community: Ten Mile Creek, Louisiana

Does someone have a copy of the newspaper article/depositon from the Sept. 14, 1857 New Orleans Daily Crescent?

"Sterx gives the reader a good sense of the testimony by quoting from one of the depositions that appeared in the September 14, 1857 New Orleans Daily Crescent. In that deposition, James Johnson states that the Willises, Perkins, Sweats, Johnsons, Rays, Royals and Gibsons living around Ten Mile Creek were all "more or less connected" to a Joseph Willis, a mulatto Baptist preacher and former slave who came there from North Carolina. "

The Rev. Joseph Willis is our gggrandfather (my nephews that is) We heard he might have been a slave and this is the first time I have seen anything speak of it. My nephew (a Willis) married a Doyle and her mother's maiden name was Johnson. They are all related to each other too (BEFORE THEY MARRIED!). Willises, Perkins, Sweats, Johnsons, Rays, Royals (I think this is Doyals), are all in our family including Goins, Ashworth, Nelson, Buxton.

Thank you

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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