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Re: Where Do I Look Now
In Response To: Where Do I Look Now ()

How do I find how my family owned land on the 1900 census?
How do I find the slave owner? I have read every will/all
slave info posted on the Alstons and do not see Peter and
Margarette and children listed. I am stuck and need help
getting past this.
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How do I find how my family owned land on the 1900 census?

The 1900 Census states that Peter resided in River Twp. Warren Co.,NC. It states he was a farmer and ownd land free & clear of mortgage. Can we assume that this was the land where he resided on in Warren Co.? If so, there should be tax records in Warren Co. for this land and there should probably be a deed of conveyance for when he purchased the property.

How do I find the slave owner?

The 1900 Census stated they had been married for 40 years, so they were united during slavery...possibly no "official" marriage record and they are not found in "Some Body Knows My Name" ...a record of marriages in NC for former slaves compiled in the 1866-1868 timeframe.

First found together in the census for 1870 and in Halifax Co., NC. If they were owned by an Alston you might look at the 1860 Slave schedules for Alston slave owners in NC. If any found then try and match ages and sex of slaves to a grouping that correlates to the Peter Alston family in 1870.

Look for the "paper trail" that takes Peter and family from Haifax Co. to Warren Co. and from a farm hand to farmer and land owner concentrating on the 30 years from 1870 to 1900.

I know this isn't much to go on, but perhaps it will be of some help.

Art Thomas


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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