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Re: Family of Wilson Robbins
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In 1880, John Robbins (30) is widowed with 4 children - still in Winston, MS and still living 'two doors' from Wilson.
There are five Robbins indexed in Winston County, MS in 1910. No Wilson is listed. A John (57, bp. SC) is still living in Winston County in 1910. He is married and has children in the household. Possibly the same John of 1880. However, Wilson and Amanda appear in Oklahoma with seven children, a grandchild and mother-in-law (Jane). Nearby are other Robbins, including a John (40), Hayes (31) and Amzie (26).
The Mississippi State Archives has state death records from 1912. Where did Wilson die? Oklahoma death records begin in 1910-1917. If you are 'lucky', you may find the names of Wilson's parents on his Death Certificate.
Unless your Robbins were free people of color prior to the 1860, they would not appear on any earlier Federal Population Census records. If your Robbins were not 'free' prior to 1860, you will have to search for the last slaveholder, and perhaps, find Winston listed in his family group. Regardless of status, you may (perhaps) find Robbins families listed in the Mississippi State Census (1866).
For more help on searching for the last slaveholder, post on the "Slavery Forum". There are other researchers that will be more than happy to assist on that board.
Good luck, and please keep us informed of your progress.
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