Re: census says Africa. Now What?-Help?
Shell, I'm learning to post URL's;however, I have yet to master the skill. Neshoba County, MS has a website and there are a few Backstoms marriages listed: Will, Antheny, Emer and Ben and a Thad Baxtrum. Also, check familysearch.com 1880 census, I saw Peter and a few of the Backstrums above.
: I am researching my husband's family in Neshoba County,Philadelphia
: Mississippi. I have found his ggg-grandfather Peter Backstrom on
: the 1870 census records. 7 doors away is listed a Mandy
: Backstrom and his wife Judy. I believe that these are Peter's
: Parents. Mandy is listed on the census as being born in Africa.
: Peter is living two doors away from a white family by the name
: of Gamblin.The head of the household Emisonus is listed as the
: Deputy Sheriff. The value of his real estate is 3500 dollars and
: personal property is listed at 5500. In between Peter and Mandy
: are several Woodward families which are listed as white. Only
: one of the wives is listed as a property owner. Do I
: automatically assume that the Gamblin's are the former slave
: owners of Peter and the Woodward wife the slave owner of Mandy?
: Should I assume that the Woodward's and the Gamblin's are
: related? What do I do with the African birth?