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Re: Slave Narratives - Sallie Bishop Crane AR
In Response To: Use the Slave Narratives - James Washington MS ()
State: Arkansas Interviewee: Crane, Sallie
"My mother's name was Mandy Bishop, and my father's name was Jerry Bishop. I don't know who my grand folks were. They was all Virginia folks---that is all I know. They come from Virginia, so they told me. My old master was Harmon Bishop and when they divided the property I fell to Miss Evelyn Bishop.
Name: Harmon Bishop
He had a daughter listed in 1860 census as:
Earline E Bishop
This must be “Evaline”
Slave owner Harmon Bishop: 1860 slave schedule
58 Female hammon Bishop Mine Creek, Hempstead, Arkansas
slave schedules 1850:
36 Female Black Harmon Bishop Mine Creek, Hempstead, Arkansas (probably Sallies Mother)
Age at emancipation:
My old mistress said she would whip me. But she didn't. When we got to my mother's, I said, 'How old is I?' She said, 'You are sixteen.' She didn't say mouths, she didn't say years, she didn't say weeks, she didn't say days, she just said, 'You are sixteen.' And my case worker told me that made me ninety years old.
"I was in Hempstead County on Harmon Bishop's plantation. It was Miss Polly, Harmon's wife, that told me I was free, and give me my age.
"When my old master's property was divided, I don't know why---he wasn't dead nor nothin'---I fell to Miss Evelyn, but I stayed in Nashville working for Miss Jennie Nelson, one of Harnon's daughters. Miss Jennie was my young mistress. My brothers were already free. I don't know how Miss Polly came to tell me I was free. But my brothers would see no and tell me to run away and come on home and they would protect me, but I was afraid to try it. Finally Miss Polly found that she couldn't keep me any longer and she come and told me I was free. But I thought that she was fooling me and just wanted to sell me to the speculators.
"My mother was the mother of twenty children and I am the mother of eighteen. My youngest is forty-five. I don't know whether any of my mother's children is living now or not. I left than that didn't join the militia in Hempstead County fifty-seven years ago. Them that joined the militia went off. I don't know nothin' about them. I have two girls living that I know about. I had two boys went to France and I never heard nothin' 'bout what happened to them. Nothing---not a word. Red Cross has hunted 'em, Police Mitchell humted 'em---police Mitshall in Little Rock. But I ain't heard nothin' 'bout 'em.
CRAINE, ALEX (1900 U.S. Census)
CRANE, ALEX (1910 U.S. Census)
Here is proof of Sallie's previous marriage - hopefully to a Mr. Johnson - unless the step son is really a step son-in-law.
A check of Arkansas marriage records confirms Sallie Bishop's marriage in Hempstead county to a Lawrence Johnson:
Name: LAWRENCE JOHNSON
CRANE, ALEX (1920 U.S. Census)
The 1930 census shifts her birthplace for some reason:
Name: Sallie Crane
Estimated birth year: abt 1865
Did not locate Sallie in earlier census schedules (1870 & 1880 and 1900). Did not find Lawrence/Laurence Johnson with her in 1900.
With all those children (of her parents and hers) - I hope some from Afrigeneas is looking for this family.
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