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Re: Finding Steven & Easter Joiner pre 1870


Hello. I would suggest that you look again at the neighbors of Easter and Stephen. Make note of any mothers w/ children born before 1865 and the names of the children.

For possible suspects, look at the 1870 census for their white neighbors of sizeable worth near your ancestors - might I suggest five pages before and five pages after your ancestors listing.

Also, don't get hung up on the surnames of whites. During the antebellum years, my grandfather's grandmother's family was owned by my grandfather's grandfather's family. Of the 45 slaves my g-g-g-g grandfather owned, I've only identified one individual who took his surname.

After reviewing for Taylor County, GA microfilms, one looks like a possiblity: Family History Library US/CAN Film 321098 (1852-1952 Inventories and appraisements). There's no easy way to the research, you'll need to look at each page of the microfilm.

Lastly, I was surprised that Tom Blake hadn't abstracted Taylor County, Georgia for his seminal project entitled "LARGE SLAVEHOLDERS OF 1860 and AFRICAN AMERICAN SURNAME MATCHES FROM 1870 (found at

Bon courage!

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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