I decided to look for *William Ellison* in 1860 SC because I KNEW he would be there..He was the son of William *April* Ellison, along with other family..
This William Ellison and the whole big household as well as neighbors next door were listed Mulatto in 1850 in Sumter, SC..
This William in Sumter was also on the 1850 slave schedule with numerous slaves..
They are listed again in 1870 still in Sumter..
But they are not showing up in 1860.
In reading "No Chariot Let Down", by the same authors as "Black Masters", I am learning about things going on in SC around 1860..There are several letters published in this book by Ellisons and other friends and family of Ellisons to Ellisons from and about Charleston during the period covering 1860.
In Charleston and other areas, a lot of people were packing up and moving out of the state because of the threat of losing their freedom altogether..Some went to Canada..But this Ellison family and a lot of other Free Colored did not leave..
I have not yet finished this book, and am right now at the point of letters from 1860..The main information is in the notes by the authors for each letter..The notes are from their research into the people named, the localities, and what was going on at the time..
So there was a lot of upheaval going on, a lot of fear, and no doubt a lot of paranoia amongst those who would enslave all Free Colored..
It will take me a long time, but I am going to go through 1860 SC county by county, page by page and see what I find in the way of Free Colored..
I just wish I wasn't on dial-up..Sloooow going.