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Father Stuart & the Monroe Mission~E. T. Winston
Some time ago a researcher who is a descendant of the COLBERT family of slave owners sent me some excerpted pages of a book published by E. T. Winston. It was entitled Father Stuart and the Monroe Mission. Going through the pages I found many references of slaves attending and becoming members of the same church as the slave owning families. What struck me was the slaves were named (no surname darn it) but just the same this was for me significant.
The period of the records were 1823 through 1838 roughly. I've tried to organize this data and hope to make some connections based on time owners and slaves to come up with possible connections for ancestors who may have been deceased by the time of the Dawes Enrollment.
I am curious if anyone on the list is familiar with the book by Winston? Like I said I have only an excerpted copy and would like to get my grubby hands on the entire "magilla".
I would imagine the informatio was extracted from some record possibly microfiched somewhere quite possibly in the LDS collection. So if you can shed any light on this for me you will be eternally grateful oops I will be eternally grateful!!! ;- )
P.S. For those of you have not visited the Afrigeneas Slave Data site where I submitted the info here is an example of what the book contained:
...Accordingly on the 7th of June 1823 a church was organized consisting of the following members viz: Hamilton V. TURNER James WILSON Nancy TURNER Mary Ann WILSON Ethalinda WILSON Prudence WILSON...
A black woman named Dinah belonging to Mr. James GUNN applied to be received into the newly organized church...
Rindah a black woman belonging to Mr. TURNER was debarred from church privileges for improper conduct...
I'm glad I reread this first I have a GGGrandmother who was owned at one time by a woman named Mary WILSON. My GGGrandmother was born circa 1818-1823 though in Tuscumbia AL which I understand is not far from this location in MS. A possible connection that will involve more research.
The other thing that comes to mind is Rindah's and Dinah's owner's are both given in this text. It would appear someone with an ancestor listed on the Dawes roll with these owners has a good start on locating some information on an ancestor that may not have been alive during the Dawes enrollment period.
Oh here is one more little tidbit. August 3 1823. Dinah having previously expresed a desire to haver her children baptized and having given us satisfactory evidence of her knowledge of this holy ordinance presented her three children Chole William and Lucy and dedicated them to God in baptism
[11 Jul 1999]