BRIDGER, Violet, 1822, GA, LA

"Violet Bridger was born a slave in the year 1822 in Georgia. She was brought to Bienville Parish before 1860 by Sarah Elizabeth Gregg Joyner. (Gregg was her maiden name, Joyner was her first husband - Andrew Lane Joyner.) At the time of the migration to Louisiana, Violet was approximately 38 years old. It is not known if Violet originally belonged to the Gregg family or Joyner family, but she had come into the possession of Sarah Elizabeth Gregg Joyner, who settled in Ashland, Louisiana.

"Andrew Lane Joyner had died, leaving Sarah a widow with four sons. Sarah decided to leave the Joyner plantation in charge of one of her sons, and she left Jeffersonville, GA with her two youngest sons and (supposedly) 21slaves, and her overseer, John J. Bridger. On the way to Louisiana, Violet witnessed the marriage of her widowed mistress to John J. Bridger. As a result of this marriage, Violet took the name Bridger and is listed on a Louisiana Census as Violet Bridger.

"It is quite probable she had a sister named Martha Bridger.

"Violet remained with Sarah and John Bridger all her life, and by all accounts was a well loved member of the family. She is buried next to Sarah in an enclosed iron fence in Haththorn Cemetery in Ashland, Louisiana."

Contributed by: Susan S. Buckley, spice3@juno.com


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