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Re: Baskerville slave records - att. Lloyd

Hi Denise: Sorry,I have taken so long to reply. I have done a little out of town errands and some other work.

I wish you and your family, A Very Joyous Christmas and a Prosperous New Year of Finding Lost Relatives, and those who don't want to be found!

Yes; I have seen some of the Baskerville collection at the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond. It is too voluminous to tackle in one day.

I am particularly interested in James Turner Alexander, who was Congressman Mark Alexander's oldest son, born 1832, was the first Captain of Co. D , 2nd Virginia Artillery, which later was designated the 2nd Battalion. For some reason he was replaced as commanding officer by a Wm. G. Jackson and later by a W.A. Rice. He survived the war and Kim has discovered that he owned a plantation called "North Bend and had Isham and Ellen Alexander on his own list of slaves. I am trying to find the name of his wife and children,( if he had any)after 1880.
After the Civil War ,it appears that some of the Alexander slaves assumed the name of Baskerville, and other names, rather than Alexander, which I believe speaks to their opinion of their former owner.
Isham Alexander is listed as Isham Alexander on the 1870, Flat Creek, Mecklenburg County, and his wife Ellen Alexander; but is listed as Isham and Ellen Park in the 1880 census of Flat Creek. Ellen Alexander, I believe,is my great Grandmother and Isham, her husband is a step-Gr. Grand.
The 1880 census shows, Isham and Ellen Park and Betsey Alexander (step daug) Mary E. Gr Dau. 12- Francis Gr. Dau. 8- General Lee age 2- and Rosanna Park, Gr. Dau. 10 mo.
The Baskervilles are described as descended from English landowners and some blue blood lines.
The Alexanders were of Scotch- Irish descent.
In the Mecklenburg County, Virginia, Register of Free Negroes 1809-1841 there were nine Baskervilles freed in 1829,1831 and 1835. In 1841 -1865 there were about eleven Baskerville slaves freed.

IN stark contrast to their next door neigbors and relatives by marriage, the Alexanders, apparently NEVER freed a slave. I think this points to the differences of slave owners and their humanity and inhumanties to those they owned and the English vs Scottish heritages and blood. Mark Alexander also owned a plantation in Lowndes County Miss., which had 51 slaves in 1860, which were probably children and relatives of the Mecklenburg County families of slaves.
I thank you for your research on this and let me know if you find other leads to descendents. Best Regards, Lloyd


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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