Surnames and Family Research Forum
Re: Joe Surname
In Response To: Joe Surname ()
Perhaps you're onto something and perhaps not. The name of the slaveholder in Calhoun, AL appears to be John Yoe born in TN. There is at least one slaveholder in Smith, Tx in the 1860 slave census Harrison Yoe (b. TN) but he not listed in the 1850 slave census though he is listed in the 1850 TX census (I did not check for spelling variations). In the 1870 census there is an Augusta Yoe (white b. TN) in Palestine, Anderson, TX. It might be good to investigate any connection to her. Former slaves did not always take on the name of a former slaveholder, sometimes it was just someone they had a good relationship with. I don't know how Yoe is pronounced. I would also check Louisiana. In the 1870 census, there are a lot of AA Joe's. It might be useful to seek their origins to see if there is a connection.