Surnames and Family Research Forum
In Response To: Re: Booze ()
I do believe I have hit to so called "Brick Wall". I am asking if anyone is familiar with the term?
I can assure you that all of us who do family research are quite familiar with the term "brickwall"..it comes with the territory...and we all have them. Patience is the key and the understanding that this is not done easily or quickly.
I took a look at the the 1870 and 1880 census for Lewis Oliver. It is not unusual to have different states given as places of birth for individuals from one census to another. Yes, it makes the journey harder. I notice that Martha Oliver does not appear on the 1880 census, I am assuming she has died.
Lewis is identified as a Preacher on the 1880 have you identified the church in the area.
As for the death certificate and the names of his parents, maybe they are wrong or maybe not...it depends on who is the "informant" and whether or not they knew. It is also not unusual to have different surnames, from children, fathers, mothers. While enslaved they would not have been "generating documents" which included their names. They could have been owned by different folks...sold to different folks.
Lewis is born somewhere between 1832-1834, whether born in Virginia or Alabama there were no County or State birth records being kept at that time in either place. There maybe have been a record in the slave owners records, but at this point you don't know who that is, and not all slave owners kept records. And understand that the slave owners main interest was to identify his property, not family relationships.
I did not see a listing for Lewis Oliver in the 1866 State Census for Colored Heads of Households. Was he in Tuscaloosa?
What other information have you found on the children who were in the household. You have to look for informaton on everyone in the household.
I noticed a Thomas Oliver and wife Milly and children also in Tuscaloosa, Tuscaloosa County in 1880 and 1870..you might want to take a look at them too.