AfriGeneas Slave Research Forum
Slave: Gus Morton
Kind Greetings All,
I am researching the Morton family tree and would appreciate any help you can offer. I have gotten to the 1870 wall with my g.g. grandfather “Gus Morton” born 1845 (+-) in Stewart County Georgia (Florence, District). He is listed in the 1870 census along with his wife Phillis and their five children (Sarah 26, Francis 32, Louisa 30, Harriett 26, and Willis 22). By the 1880 census, Phillis, Gus’ wife, is listed as widowed. However, the 1880 census also list Gus as remarried to Nancy and list them as having three children (Andrew, 10, Minnie 2, and Baby, one month). Both families are living in Stewart County Georgia.
Over the years our family name has changed at
Recently I discovered a possible lead in the Georgia Slave Bills of Sale document that references a slave name “Gus.” It also mentions letters written between the slave seller and buyer concerning Gus. Unfortunately these letters are in the Georgia Archives near Atlanta and I am living in California. I made a request for copies; however, they do not provide this service.
If someone is also researching at the Georgia Archives who can copy and forward the documents, I would be willing to cover the necessary cost. The document references are:
• Collections: Fannin-Barnett
I can be reached through my email address at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many thanks and Best Regards,