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Just a reminder to check for Physician records from the late 19th century. If you can find surviving records, they could be a GOLDMINE of information. Many physicians had detailed knowledge of the community in which they lived and worked. A few of them were prolific writers, for which we give thanks!
Sample ¹:

Simon PINES, once Mrs. NESON's slave "Simon". Son (James) and daughter (Matilda).

Feb. 1870: Anna PENN (Mrs. Kille's colored cook, once a slave of Martin G. PENN), daughter of Judge Penn's slave man Nelson.

Aug. 1870: Corinne PENN... sister of Anna Penn, wife of Israel Rogers.

1872: John REYNOLDS, once a slave of Robert Duncan, and subsequently of Mrs. Ovedier. [Husband of] Maria; [father of] Sarah (8), Alfred (3), Margaret (2) , and Henry.

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The following was only based on an 'initial' search of the U.S. Population Census.

In 1870:
(a) A 60 year old Simon PINE is in Tangipahoa parish with wife Harriet(50) and children James (20), John (18), and Matilda (22).

(b) Anna PENN was not found; Corinne Rogers was not found. It is quite possible that they were not living in Livingston or St. Helena at the time of the census.
Isral Rogers was found in Ward 6 of Livingston parish, LA. Further investigation into Dr. Colmer's records may clarify the relationships and timeframes.

(c)John and Mariah "RENNELS" were found in Livingston. Their children are Sarah (6), Alferd (3), and Margret (1).

In 1880:
(a) Jim PINES (26) is in Tangipahoa with wife Rose and 'daughter' Hattie. Could this be James? A 'Harriet Wilson' is married to Nathan and living 'near' several Pines. Unfortunately, there is not much proof that she was Harriet Pine(s). Furthermore, she is 50 (again), but worth further investigation.

(b) Isrial RODGERS and wife Anna are in Livingston parish (Ward 6)with children Oliver, Elanora and Elias. [Could the names have been mixed?

(c) John 'RENALDS' is in the 6th ward of Livingston parish with daughter Sarah (15) and children Alfred (13), Margaret (11), Henry (9) and James (8).

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¹Source: "Dr. George Colmer's Book F (Medical and Other Accounts), Volume 8 (1860-1878)", Livingston Parish, Louisiana. Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies, Southeast Louisiana University, Hammond, LA.


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