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Breaking the brickwall...Maybe

I recently found my mother's great grandfather in the 1930 Census in Indianapolils. His name is William Parker; born in GA about 1852. I have been trying to find him for the past 2 years. My mother's family stories and the family names on my family tree confirm for me that I have the correct person in the 1930 Census. I had William Tucker Parker, Mary Lou (Parker) Rivers [my great grandmother] and Eula Bell (Parker) Ivey on my tree as siblings; but could not find parents for them until recently.
After searching backwards for him in Georgia, I found him in 1920 US Census in Hootenville (Upson) GA; 1910 US Census in Carsonville (Taylor) GA; 1900 US Census in Reeves (Upson) GA; 1880 Marriage to Vessie Parker; 1870 US Census in Wilkinson, GA (Subdivision 139) and (this is where the "maybe" comes in) 1860 Slave Schedule for Thomas H. Parker in Wilkinson, GA.

There are other William Parkers in other counties in the lower part of the state of GA; but this William Parker lives closer to Upson County, GA, which this family seems to have lived in or near for a few generations.
When I look at my mother's family, the Rivers' side (her grandfather's surname) and Parker's side (her grandmother's maiden name), both families lived in the areas surrounding Upson County, GA. In 1900, my mother's grandmother and grandfather lived in Reeves (Upson County, GA). Her grandfather's father, Doc Rivers and his family lived in Reeves. Her grandmother's father (William Parker and family) also lived in Reeves.
I looked at the names above William Parker's name in the 1870 US Census for Wilkinson County, GA. It is the children of a white family named Parker. I looked at the page before to find out the name of the head of household. It was Robert N. Parker. I figured out that if William was born in 1852, he should have been 8 years old in 1860. I looked at the slave schedule for R.N. Parker in Wilkinson County, GA. He didn't have a slave male slave who was 8 yrs old; but his father Thomas H. Parker did. I even checked out the other Parker's in Wilkinson County. I believe that it is Thomas Parker. I also paid attention to the fact that in 1870, William Parker is a farm laborer living with a family named Stubbs. He's 18yrs old. Philis Stubbs is a domestic servant and Viney Stubbs in only 10yrs old.

Here's what I was thinking: William Parker and the Stubbs family are possibly working for or share cropping on Robert N. Parker's farm. I think the way they ended up on the farm is because of Robert being Thomas H. Parker's son.

Can someone tell me if what I am thinking,about William Parker being a slave on Thomas H. Parker's plantation or farm, makes sense?

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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