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[TX] Jasper County

Cross posted
From: Elizabeth B Harvey []
Sent: Friday, January 23, 2004 11:46 PM
Subject: [TXJASPER] Library of Congress Jasper County references

I'm not sure if anyone would be interested in some references I found in the
Library of Congress for Jasper County, TX. Through a round about means, I
discovered some narratives recorded from people who had been slaves in or
near Jasper County, TX. in the Library of Congress, American Memory
section, under the title, Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal
Writers' Project, 1936-1938, Texas Narratives, Volume XVI, parts and pages
as shown below.

The following is what I found which referred to Jasper county, TX:

1. Part 2, p. 47 Interview of Millie Forward, originally from Alabama
her family: Joe McRay - son, his son, Bob McRay (McRae, Mcrae,
father - Jim Forward
mother - Mary
brother - Tom
sister - Susan
Owner during time of slavery:
Jason Forward wife - Sarah Ann Forward

2. Part 4, p. 9 Interview of Abram Sells b. on the Rimes Plantation of
Harrisburg his family: g-grandad Bowser Rimes (from LA) buried on Ben
Powell place near Jasper, TX
grand dad John, buried on Eddy plantation near
Jasper dad - Moses Rimes buried near Jasper
mom - Phoebe (moved from LA to TX with Rimes)
owner during time of slavery:
- at time of freedom, was just sold to ? Sells from
Louisiana who married into the Rimes family

3. Part 3, p. 40 Interview of C. B. McRay (Calvin Bell) b. Apr 12, 1861
his family: father - Calvin Bell McRay b. in VA
mother - Harriet McRay b. Sabine Co., TX
brothers: Bill McRay
Robert McRay
Duckin Dacus
grandparents b. in Africa
others mentioned:
Charlie ?, foreman
John McRay (McRae, Macrea) - owner at time of
slavery and his wife: Mary McRae
sale of one slave to Ballard Adams
Doctors in Jasper County, Dr. Haynes, Dr.Perkins

4. Part 3, p. 38 Interview with Bill Mcray (brother of Calvin) b. Milan,
San Augustine in 1851
others mentioned:
born on plantation of Colonel McRay
foreman - Bill Cummins
Dr. Neyland's slaves, Tom and Ike
Coley McRay and Henry Munn (Mann, Maund) friends
who went to war and did not return
Sam Swann - Sherriff
Runaway slaves - Rufe and John Grant
Hangings at Mayhew Pond
Tom Jefferson and Sam Powell hangings for murder
Captain Kelly, soldier

5. Part 2, p. 285 Interview of Mary Kindred
her family:
mother - Hannah Hadnot
father - Ruffin Hadnot (mail carrier for route from
Weiss Bluff to Jasper)
g-mother - folk doctor
Aunt Harriett
husbands - Anthony Adams and Alfred Kindred
owner at time of slavery:
Luke Hadnot
Matilda Hadnot (wife of Luke) note - there is a
good physical description of Matilda

6. Part 2, p. 118 Interview of Ann Hawthorne
her family: Len Norsworthy - father
mother - Caroline Norsworthy (after owner)
brothers - Newton, Silas, Willie, Frank
husband - Hyman Hawthorne
owner at time of slavery:
Woodruff Norsworthy and Miss Caroline
"Crab" Norsworthy

7. Part 3, p. 114 Interview of Peter Mitchell
his family: mother - Martha Mitchell
father - Richard Lanie
brothers - Lewis Johnson, Dennis Fisher,
William, Mose, and Peter Mitchell
sisters - Suki, Louisa, and Effie
owner at time of slavery:
"Thad" ? Lanier of Jasper
mother's original owner ? Mitchell family
others mentioned:
Sam Lundy - slave and preacher Rev. Sam Hadnot

8. Part 1, p. 263 Interview of Tempie Cummins b. Brookland, TX
her family: father - Jim Starkins from AL
mother - Charlotte Brooks from AL
brother - Bill sisters - Margaret, Hannah, Mary, 'Liza
owner at time of slavery:
William Neyland..."Fanny" Neyland, daughter of
William Neyland who is the wife of Phil ? Scarborough

9. Part 3, p. 255 Susan Ross b. Magnolia Springs in 1862
her family: mother - Hallie Horn from GA
father - Bob Horn from GA
brothers - Jack, Jim, Sam, Aaron, and
Bill sisters - Mandy, Sarah, and Emily
owner at time of slavery: Chester Horn
others mentioned: Rev. George Hammonds
10. Part 3, p. 24 Interview of Abe Livingston
owner at time of slavery: Luke Hadnot

If you like the 'story' of the community, there are many little pieces which
gives a glimpse into life and the people of Jasper county before the
Civil War.


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