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[LA] Help! I'm Revisiting "The Genealogy Wall"

Date: Thu, 24 Nov 2005 06:28:16 -0600 (CST)
Reposted from afrigeneas@Lists.MsState.Edu

Afrigeneas Family:

I will be going to Louisiana in a couple of weeks to deal with the
land/timber issue. I will report on that when I get down there,
December 7. In the
meantime, I am going to take the opportunity to do some research. So, I've
resurrected "The Wall" project after a couple year's hiatus. (Please note that
the 1890 Census records at the National Archives and Jackson Parish
Courthouse both were destroyed by fire, leaving quite a gap!
Buzzard's luck, my
relatives call it). So, please indulge my (re)research. I appreciate any
advice anyone can give to help me organize my research in Louisiana.

I'm still researching Louis Marsh, b. 1830 in GA, my great-greatgrandfather,
and the last patriarch slave in our family. Here's what I've (re)researched
tonight (for about 6 hours):

* In 1870, Louis Marsh (b. c.1830 in GA), my great-greatgrandfather,
is in Jackson Parish, LA with his wife "M". In his household are five
unrelated persons with surnames Dunaway and Lindsy. Family oral
history claims he
had sharecroppers, but he did not own land at this point that I can find in
any records, but he is in Jackson Parish. Everyone in the household -- my
great-grandfather and the others -- all were born in Georgia between 1820 and
1857, including the eldest, a female, "M. Lindsy, b. c.1820 in GA.

* In the 1880 census, my great-grandmother is Elizabeth Dunaway b. 1855
in Georgia but is not in the household in 1870. In the 1880 census, Louis
Marsh, Jr., b. c1863 in Louisiana, is enumerated in his father's household,
but not in the 1870 census.

* Family elders are adamant that Louis "came from Mississippi" though
he was born in GA. (Both of his parents were born in VA).

* In 1870, the only other Dunaways ("Danaways in the census) in Jackson
Parish are E. Danaway, female born 1845 in Georgia, and W., b. 1840, both of
whom are working on A. Johnson's farm.

* I've researched North Central Louisiana for white Marshes in the
1840-1870 period and found J.J. Marsh (b. 1814 in SC) with his wife
Catherine/Kate ( b. 1817 in NC) and their children, all born in
Georgia except Jackson
Marsh (b. 1850 in LA). JJ Marsh is a farmer and lives in Claiborne Parish,
which is two or three parishes over from my family in Jackson
Parish. However,
searching the _www.Ancestry.com_ (http://www.Ancestry.com) slave schedules
for 1860, I do not find my great-grandfather ( by age) with a J.J. Marsh.

* In 1860, Kate/Katherine is listed as the "head of household" but with
the online slave schedule, she is not listed as owning slaves.

* I only have a cursory knowledge of northern Louisiana history in the
reconstruction period, but I think it is important in terms of linking former
slaves to former slave owners through the transition in land ownership.

* With that in mind, I've traced the land ownership that we are
contesting with a predator today (another story!). So, between 1884
and 1905, Louis
Marsh purchased land from the following individuals: J.L McCall (1884), V.
J. Taylor (1892), Kidd&Lewis (1901), Oliver Whitlock (1902), and B.C. Pye
(1905). All of this land was purchased with cash. It doesn't seem he
homestead
any land.

* So, there is a 24-year gap between emancipation (1865) and Louis's
first purchase of land from J.L. McCall in 1884. During the early part of
this period, he has the Dunaway and Lindsy individuals living with him and M.
Marsh, his spouse.

* I did very cursory research of the Marsh-Dunaway-Lindsy names in
Mississippi and Georgia during the transition period from slavery to
emancipation, but did not come up with a pattern or anything
significant lead.
So, dear friends, I'm asking a lot, but I would appreciate questions,
direction, and advice for my upcoming trip. The research resources I
have down
there include are (1) the Courthouse records in the various parishes; (2)
statewide records in Baton Rouge; (3) parish libraries; (3) several
universities,
including Gramblng and Louisiana Tech (Ruston), and a moribund local
genealogy/historical society in Union Parish (Ruston).

I want to thank those of you upon whom I have imposed this indulgence and
appreciate any direction you will provide.

Respectfully,

pearl-alice


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