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Re: Melissa Wiggins and her family
In Response To: Re: Melissa Wiggins and her family ()
Here's the full text of the petition to allow Wiley Wiggins to remain in Carroll County. It was signed by 57 residents of the now extinct town of Shongalo on Jan. 13, 1860:
"To the Senate & House of Representatives of the State of Miss.
There was also the following counter-petition signed by 9 individuals the following day, Jan. 14, 1860:
"We the undersigned citizens of Vaiden & vicinity hereby testify our approval of the law passed [by] your body for the purpose of freeing our State from free Negros and also our wish that it will be executed without any exceptions whatever."
My ggg-grandfather was the "A.B. Hamilton" in whose household Wiley was living in Yalobusha Co. in the 1850 census. Note that "A.B. Hamilton" was actually Archibald Thomas Hamilton. His initials are "A.T." in the 1850 agricultural census and in the 1860 population and agricultural censuses. Archibald Thomas Hamilton was issued a federal land patent in Yalobusha Co. on 14 June 1848. The property was located in Township 24N, Range 6E, Section 2. The neighboring properties were owned by the Broadstreets, Brandons, Cofers, Hobarts and others listed nearby "A.B. Hamilton" in the 1850 census.
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