AfriGeneas Free Persons of Color Forum
FPOC move from S.C. to Mississippi 1820 - 1840
The 1850 census Claiborne County, Mississippi, enumerates several families identified as mulato, all living adjacent to one another, and all heads of house hold born in South Carolina. These families were Bolton, Glover, Harris, Holly, Jacob, and Livingston. Joshua Bolton was born in South Carolina and was head of household. In nearby Jefferson County, Mississippi, Joshua's brother Uriah, is head of household and also identified as mulato and born in South Carolina. Nearby is Jordan Chavis, mulatto, born in S.C. and well as a Jacobs family from S.C. There are early Mississippi marriage records showing marriages between these families. For instance, Jefferson Co. marriage records shows that Elias Jacobs married Matilda Holly on 8/20/1826. Daniel H. Livingston married Rebecca Bolton on 1/8/1846 (Claiborne County marriage record) Uriah Bolton is my GrGr Grandfather. I believe it is likely that these families all share the same ethnic heritage and lived near one another in South Carolina. By the 1880 census, the Bolton family was identified as white. However, the Jacob descendants that remained in Mississippi continued to be identified as mulatto. I am very interested in determining the location of these families in South Carolina during the period 1790 - 1830 and whether they are of Native American descent or African American or both. I would appreciate any light anyone could shed on these families that migrated from S.C. to Mississippi about the same time and lived in a community together in Mississippi. Thank you very much.
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