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[LA] Case Study from Deed/Conveyance records

Edith Smith, of the "No Land Only Slaves" series, has given me permission to post and expand upon her CASE STUDY of a LA family ¹.

This study used Volume 3 (Caddo Parish) of the Smith/Lehman No Land Series on Deed and Conveyance records to extend an ex-slave family back to their last slave holders. It showed how family groups were named in deeds, and how different family members chose to adopt different surnames.
Of course, the success of the sample depended upon post-Civil War family members remaining in the same general area as their pre-Civil War residence. Other cases may be harder to study, but the approach is the same.

Later, I will attempt to do the same type of 'case study' for families from other volumes in the series ².


¹ Smith, Edith. "Perla B. Barton: A Case Study." No Land Only Slaves. 2001. 20 Dec. 2005 [].

² Lehman, Vivian, and Edith Smith.
(1) Slave Deeds of Bossier Parish, Louisiana. Vol. 1. [2001]
(2) Slave Deeds of Claiborne Parish, Louisiana. Vol. 2. [2002]
(3) Slave Deeds of Caddo Parish, Louisiana. Vol. 3. [2002]
(4) Slave Deeds of Harrison, Hunt & Kaufman Counties, TX. Vol. 4. [2003]
(5) Slave Deeds of DeSoto parish, Louisiana. Vol. 5. [2003]
(6) Slave Deeds of Lafayette County, Arkansas. Vol. 6. [2003]
(7) Slave Deeds of Panola County & Grayson County, Texas. Vol. 7. [2003]
(8) Slave Deeds of Bienville Parish, Louisiana. Vol. 8. [2004]
(9) Slave Deeds of Smith & McLennan County, Texas. Vol. 9. [2004]
(10) Slave Deeds of Fannin County, Texas. Vol. 10. [2005]
(11) Slave Deeds of Upshur and Ellis Counties in Texas. Vol. 11. [2005]
(12) Slave Deeds of San Augustine County, Texas. Vol. 12. [2005]
(13) Slave Deeds of Rusk County, Texas. Vol. 13. [2005]
(14) Slave Deeds of Travis County, Texas. vol. 14. [2005]
(15) Slave Deeds of Cass County, Texas. Vol. 15. [2005]

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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