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Possible Free Ancestor Found in 1860 LA

While researching the 1860 census for a Dr. John Perkins, possible enslaver of my PERKINS ancestors in LA, I came across an apparent free family in Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge, LA:

Rachael Sands, 1806 KY, Mu/F
Josephine Sands, 1840 LA, Mu/F
Artimeese Sands, 1859 LA, Mu/F
JOHN PERKINS, 1830 LA, Mu/M

It never occurred to me that some of my ancestors could have been free prior to emancipation. By 1870, Rachael Sands is not found. John married Josephine and the baby is listed is Artemese Perkins 1859 LA. Four additional children, John H 1861, Alice 1863, Josephine 1865 and Joseph 1867, all born LA, have joined the family.

Next door to them is:

Josephine Perkins, HOH, 1800 VA, B/F,
Mary 1840 LA, Mu/F
Margarett, 1865 LA, Mu/F
Julius, 1867 LA, Mu/M

They could possibly be the top leaves of the PERKINS branch my mother said chose to remain in Baton Rouge. The given name of JOHN for PERKINS males was common into the 1920's and possibly further down the line. Cousin John Perkins born 1923 in Baton Rouge, LA, may have named a son John, too. And the given name Artemeese/Artemese for the female born 1859, sounds a lot like my mother's middle name of Idamease. She could have gotten her middle name from this older female relative.

Georgia Walker-Adams


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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