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Re: Melissa Wiggins and her family
In Response To: Melissa Wiggins and her family ()

I am fascinated by your research into the only family designated in the 1850 Yalobusha County census as "Free Persons of Color." Your facts are quite interesting. If you don't mind, I would like to make your findings the subject of a column I write for the Coffeeville Courier in Yalobusha County, dealing with local history and genealogy.

In a book I recently published on the old families listed in the 1850 census, I attached the following information to the listing for Malissa Wiggins. After reading your research that connects Malissa to the Broadstreet family, I was interested to note the Edgecombe Co., N.C. connection to the Wiggins I referred to. Here is what I wrote:

"This family’s relationship, if any, to Harrison Wiggins, b. 1809 in NC, m. Elizabeth "Betsy" Mitchell (of Livingston Co., Ky.) on Dec 31, 1827 in Hardeman Co., Tenn. has not been determined. In about 1839 Harrison Wiggins moved to Yalobusha Co., and in 1850 and 1860, he was in Lafayette Co., Miss. See also household #316. Harris Wiggins was a brother of Garrett Wiggins, b. Edgecombe Co., NC, who also was in Yalobusha Co. in 1840, with their mother Mary E. ___, who d. there. Her estate was settled Sept 1847. Garrett predeceased his mother, because Garrett’s wife Temperance Boone had to intervene in their grandmother’s estate on behalf of their minor children."

Please drop me a line and let me know if I may use your findings in my column.

Chris Morgan

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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