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Re: slaves Harrison County TX
In Response To: Re: JY COLLIER slaves ()

One other note, since you are planning for a family reunion.
I looked to see if any of your family members were mentioned in the Texas slave narratives, but no luck. There are however several former slaves from Harrison county who were interviewed, and it might be a good idea to read their stories to place that period in context.

One interviewee in particular interested me - since he describes how his family got to Texas from Alabama:

State: Texas Interviewee: Beady, Wes
WES BEADY, 88, was born a slave of John Jeems, who had a farm five miles north of Marshall. Wes has farmed in Harrison County all his life. He now lives with friends on the Long's Camp Road, and draws a $11.00 monthly pension.
State: Texas Interviewee: Beady, Wes
"I was born and raised in Harrison County, and I was eighty-eight years old this July past and has wore myself out here in this county. I was born on Massa John Jeem's place, on the old Jefferson Road, and my father was Peter Callowey, and he was born in Alabama and his whole fam'ly brought to Texas by nigger traders. My mother was Harriet Ellis and I had two brothers named George and Andrew, and four sisters, Lula and Judy and Mary and Sallie. My old Grandpa Phil told me how he helped run the Indians off the land.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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