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AfriGeneas Slave Research Forum

Now what do I do??

Yesterday I received the scanned images of (3) Monroe County, Ga Wills for the following suspected slave owners of my Darden ancestors....Felix (ca. 1820) and Eveline (ca. 1825)

1. Jethro DARDEN (1837)
2. Stephen DARDEN (1844)
3. William DARDEN (1841)

All above mentioned "negroes", but none are mentioned by name! The Ga Archives have no microfilmed Monroe County probate records before 1851....almost no type of records bef. that date! FHL holdings are the same...no records pre-1851 for this county!
From my understanding if you did not die intestate (had a Will) that an inventory/appraisal was not conducted? Am I off base?

Of the 3 men above, it is William Darden I am more concerned with. In 1870 Monroe County his grandson William H. (Hiram) Darden (son of William F. Darden) was the immediate neighbor of Felix, Eveline and family.
Both the widow Lucy of William (1) and son William F (Franklin) Darden had slaves in 1850....William F. and family were enumerated in the household of Timothy CHAMBLES who also owned slaves and where his widowed mother Lucy was enumerated next in line on the schedule in both slave and regular schedules.
Lucy still alive in 1860 had slaves in Johnston's District...she died 1872. Her son William F. Darden is not located with slaves this year or it was missed or I'm not searching right. He is located with family in 1860 Unionville District #523 where in 1864 his son William "Hiram" Darden married. Then in 1870 Unionville my ancestors Felix Darden and family were his immediate neighbors.

I just don't know what to do next, but it seems reasonable enough that Felix (and possibly Eveline) were enslaved by this family. What records to check next?

Thanks,

Vera


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