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Re: Malinda Marsalis
In Response To: Malinda Marsalis ()

Mike, Usually when you are asking for help, you would give us the full name, approximate date of birth, known place of residence. I wasn't at first sure whether Ms was Mississippi or Missouri. However, you were very, very lucky in that your gggmother has an unusual name which made her fairly easy to track.

In the1870 census (Amite, Mississippi)12 year old Malinda Causey is living with her mother Kathie/Katherine Causey born about 1830. Kathie works as a cook, probably for the well to do white family next door--22 yr old Erasmus Marsalis who lives with his wife Nancy and young son Clifford. Malinda lives with her 10 year old sister Emily who works as a house girl and 6 month old Otis.Kathie's husband Joe (born abt 1810) is not there at this time, but shows up in the 1880 census. Joe and Kathie also have children named Joe jr. who would be about 12 in 1870 and Jane, would be about 10.

In the 1880 census, Malinda is now using the name Marsalis, and states that she is single. She lives in Amite, Mississippi with her 2 children, 4 year old daughter Dolsy, and 1 year old son Erasmus, they are both listed as mulatto, whereas she is listed as black. Malinda is working as a farm laborer and living next door to Dr. Thomas Marsalis and his family, with Erasmus Marsalis living nearby by with his wife and 5 children. Given the continuing proximity, one wonders if Erasmus might be the father of Malinda's children. In 1900 Malinda lists herself as a widow and is living with her son Erasmus 'Ras' Marsalis who is a widow living with his children; William (13), Helen (6), Mahalie(2) and 18 year old Samuel White (late wife's son?).

By 1910, Erasmus 'Ras' (30) is a widow using the last name of Morgan. He lives with his children Lessie(12), Lois(8), Ras(7), Alvis(6), Harold(4) and Elvin(3), also in the household is Malinda Marsalis who lists herself as a 50 year old widow.

In 1920 Ras(41) has remarried to Estella(35) and lives with children Leslie(21), Pearl(20) Lois(18), Erasmus(17), Alvis(16),Harold(14),Elvin(13),Ruby(8),Kerdna(6), Artima(5), Curtis(4), Crachear(3), Clather(1). And living with them is Matilda Marsalis (64).
hope this helps you!

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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