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Re: Oscar Micheaux, 1884 - 1951
In Response To: Oscar Micheaux, 1884 - 1951 ()

David Michaux/Micheaux:
"...My father, however, came from Kentucky and inherited the name from his father who was sold off into Texas during the slavery period and is said to be living there today."

Source: shorock.com - Micheaux Papers
http://tinyurl.com/3vgy4z

An initial search for "David Micheaux/Michaux/Mich*" provided no results. However, there is a very interesting Michaux VA/KY/TX connection.
1) Could David have been sold to a family member in an 'estate' sale?
2) Was he sold to a Micheaux relative living in Texas?
3) Perhaps he was sold to a relative with a different surname?

There are two Calloway county, Ky Michauxs in the 1850 Slave Schedules - Joseph W. Michaux and W.M. (William Macon) Micheaux.
Although W.M. is thought to have been living in FL/TX, he is listed as holding 9 enslaved persons in Calloway County, KY. These could have been his portion of his father's estate.

William Macon Michaux (born VA), died in Palestine, Anderson county, TX abt 1853.
His wife, Narcissa Michaux (b. FL), inherited his estate.

In the 1860 Slave Schedules, "Narcisse Michaux" is listed as a slave holder, with 22 enslaved in Palestine, TX.
(This is a gain of 13 in 10 years.)

- 1850 ---- 1860 ----
50 F Blk ----- 68 F Blk
35 M Mu ----- 45 M Mu
-------------- 40 M Blk
-------------- 37 F Blk
27 M Blk ---- 28 M Blk
-------------- 24 F Blk
18 F Blk
15 F Blk ---- 24 F Blk
-------------- 18 M Blk
08 M Blk ---- 18 M Blk
05 F Mu ----- 15 F Blk
05 F Blk ----- 14 F Blk
02 F Blk ----- 11 F Blk
(...)

Narcisse is still there in 1870, 1880, and 1900, where a 58 yr. old "Matilda" Micheaux is living with the 80 year old N. Micheaux. Also listed are children Macon Micheaux and Eppie Campbell.
Matilda (black, widowed, servant) was born in KY (1842).
This is probably another Matilda, but could she provide a link to the Texas Micheauxs?

Research Challenge: What happened to David?


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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