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Re: Melissa Wiggins and her family

Hi! It's nice to hear from you. I don't know if you remember me, but over 10 years ago you answered a query of mine, I believe it was in the "Yalobusha Pioneer" magazine, about the Broadstreet, Hall, and Harbour families. (I'm Laura McKey in Texas.) Say hello to all my Coffeeville cousins! They are such wonderful people. I haven't been very good about keeping in touch.

I got some very valuable information from your first book on the 1850 census, "Yalobusha Bound". I didn't know you have a second book on it--I look forward to seeing it. I'm getting interested in these history puzzles again now, after taking a long 7-year hiatus. Yes, that would be okay with me if you put my info in your column. Maybe one of your readers might just happen to know everything about this family and could fill us in. It would be nice to find out what happened to them after 1850.

I will have to look at those other Wiggins names you mentioned.

A little error I made--the 1860 Carroll County record says that Wiley Wiggins is 22 (I said 23). I think in the 1850 Yalobusha Census Wiley Wiggins is 13. But I still think it could be the same person. Also, just to clear up confusion, Wiley Wiggins is listed in a different household than Malissa, but it is on the same page (p.399). Wiley ("mulatto" is listed in residence #316 under A.B. Hamilton and his family. I'm not sure what he is doing there. Near them in #314 are T.B.Brandon and his wife Avarilla. She's a daughter of John Broadstreet, #323. His son Richard is #324, then Malissa Wiggins and family are #325. You might want to check to see if I spelled the children's names right. E.g. I had put "Dupree" on my notes because that's what it looked like to me, but I could be wrong about that, and I might have made some other little errors.

Were there any other F.P.O.C. families at all on the 1850 Yalobusha census? I remember spending hours in the library going through page after page and not finding any, but it's so easy to miss things. Thanks for your help!

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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