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Re: Slave Narratives - Sallie Bishop Crane AR

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
Age in 1860: 48
Birthplace: Virginia
Home in 1860: Mine Creek, Hempstead, Arkansas
Gender: Male
Value of real estate: View image
Post Office: Nashville
Roll: M653_42
Page: 869
Year: 1860

He had a daughter listed in 1860 census as:

Earline E Bishop
Age in 1860: 13
Birthplace: Arkansas
Home in 1860: Mine Creek, Hempstead, Arkansas
Gender: Female

This must be “Evaline”

Slave owner Harmon Bishop: 1860 slave schedule

58 Female hammon Bishop Mine Creek, Hempstead, Arkansas
45 Male
40 Female
25 Male
23 Male
20 Female
20 Male Mulatto
19 Male
16 Female Mulatto
15 Male
14 Female
12 Female (probably Sallie)

slave schedules 1850:

36 Female Black Harmon Bishop Mine Creek, Hempstead, Arkansas (probably Sallies Mother)
25 Male Black
18 Female Black
16 Male Black
15 Female Black
10 Female Black
10 Male Black
10 Male Black
7 Male Black
4 Female Black
3 Male Black

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.
"I was born in Hempstead County, between Nashville and Greenville, in Arkansas, on the Military Road. Never been outside the state in my life. I was born ninety years ago. I been here in Pulaski County nearly fifty-seven years.

CRAINE, ALEX (1900 U.S. Census)
Age: 52, Male, Race: BLACK, Born: AR
Series: T623 Roll: 74 Page: 211
Future second husband of Sallie - listed with first wife Mary

CRANE, ALEX (1910 U.S. Census)
Age: 60, Male, Race: BLACK, Born: AR
Series: T624 Roll: 62 Page: 117
Wife Sallie 50 listed born AR, parents VA 10 children born 3 living
Step son - Gideon Johnson 21
Step daughter Anna Johnson 17

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:

Marriage Date: 23 May 1882
County: Hempstead
State: AR

CRANE, ALEX (1920 U.S. Census)
Age: 66, Male, Race: BLACK, Born: AR
Series: T625 Roll: 79 Page: 209
Listed with wife Sallie .65
Step daughter Anna Johnson

The 1930 census shifts her birthplace for some reason:

Name: Sallie Crane
Age: 65 (actual page says 85)

Estimated birth year: abt 1865
Birthplace: Georgia
Relation to head-of-house: Head
Race: Negro
Home in 1930: Campbell, Pulaski, Arkansas

Did not locate Sallie in earlier census schedules (1870 & 1880 and 1900). Did not find Lawrence/Laurence Johnson with her in 1900.
Did find two Larence Johnson's in Pulsaki county - neither with wife Sallie - one listed as widowed. Found a Sallie Johnson the right age in 1900 in Pulaski - but her bithplace listed as Va - could be her, could not be her. Can't tell without further data.

With all those children (of her parents and hers) - I hope some from Afrigeneas is looking for this family.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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