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AfriGeneas Slave Research Forum


Hi all,

Well, I have been researching my gg grandfather Ned Mills and after discovering his last slave owner as Parmenas Barksdale in Rusk county, Texas I was kind of stuck. I knew Ned was born in GA and didn't know how to go about finding out who Parmenas bought him from. Parmenas didn't own him or any other slaves in 1850, but owned my gg grandparents and their 2 children in 1860. With that being said I began researching other slave owners in the area trying to determine who would have slaves around the right ages in 1850. Well, with a little research I came to believe that the last slave owner could be Julien Sidney Devereux; that is until I found out that Devereux fled AL to escape prosecution from charges his wifes family filed against him. That was when I determined that he probably didn't bring any slaves with him. So then I started researching the area he lived in before moving to Rusk county and found that one of the Governors of Texas, George Thomas Wood had relocated from Georgia to Polk county (now San Jacinto County) Texas. He chartered the "Sloop Marshall" to transport his family, slaves and household equipment from Apalachicola Bay to Texas. I am thinking that my gg grandfather may have been one of the slaves he brought to Texas and was either sold to Parmenas Barksdale in 1858 at a possible estate sale after George Wood died, or he was sold to Julien Sidney Devereux who then moved to Rusk county and sold him to Parmenas Barksdale. Here are my problems. After a few phone calls trying to locate probate, wills, deed and tax roll records I found out the there was a fire in the early 1870's in Polk county that distroyed all the records they had. That blew those options right out of the water. So here are my questions. Are there any other records I can look for? How do I find out what records to look for that would give me details on who was on the boat that transported G. Wood's family and slaves from Apalachicola Bay and Texas? Don't know what port in Texas they docked at, but in a situation like this would it even be documented?

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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