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[MO] Question About Fitchue Listing in 1850


I've been looking for a relative, Sam FITZCHEW/FITCHUE (originally from Kentucky) who lived in St. Louis, Mo. in the 1800s. What I didn't expect to find was a census listing in 1850, since most Blacks weren't listed until 1870. But there he was with his young family. In the 1850 listing, Sam and his wife, Caroline have only one son at the time, William who's 6 months old and Sam's occupation is a boatman. I traced him through one of his sons, Frank FITCHUE (brn 1855). They are listed as Free Inhabitants of St. Louis and I'm trying to figure out is would that have put them in the class of FOPs? I also wonder if it was due to their ties with the Native Americans in that region. From tracing their youngest son, Frank, I do know that by the late 1860s something happened to them causing the boys (and possibly a daughter, named Allice) to be sent to live with Sam's brother's family, James and Hannah FITCHUE, in Kansas. Frank eventually moves on to Durango Colorado in the 1880s and the last census listing for him is 1910. Any ideas on how to trace Sam and Caroline to find out what happened to him? Although I haven't seen a post for this family, I'd like to know if anyone is looking for the FITCHUE family? One other thing, they lived in the 5th Ward of St. Louis, was that area one where the concentration of Black families lived? Any help or a direction is appreciated.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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