In one publication of the african american newspaper, Missionary Searchlight in Selma, Alabama (1899), there appeared an article about someone looking for a relative who was a former slave. They were from Georgia. I wasn't sure where to post this and was hoping someone could give me some guidance. The article is as follows and is worded exactly as it appears in the paper:
WANT TO KNOW
The whereabouts of Mr. Ben Williams, whose wife was named Osila. She had one son by name of Jim. In slavery time they known by the name of Willis and were owned by a man named Tom Willis, who lived in Oglethorpe County, twelve miles from Washington, Wilkes County. The name of Ben's father was Billy Heard. He was owned in slavery by Dr. John Heard. Ben had one sister and brother, Robert Blackman and Susan Antnett Hanson. Any person who will give information as to the whereabouts of any one of these persons will greatly oblige their neice, Mrs. Katie Hanson Carterville, GA.