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Re: Winston Family -Dekalb County Alabama


According to the 1850 census of Dekalb County Ala, William O Winston was born in Virginia in 1804. His wife, Mariah was born in Tenn in 1812. Now there two oldest children was born in Tenn. While the third oldest who is 11 was born in Ala. So that means that at some point William lived in Tenn. So he must have came to Ala around 1838 or so. Albert Winston was born around 1852 in Alabama. I could not find Albert in the 1870 census but I did find him in 1880. I went back and looked at the 1880 census and guess what? Albert is living next door to the Mariah Winston who is the widow of William O Winston. So that could mean that Albert was a slave in William Winston's household. But, now from my own experience, white family members often shared their slaves between them. So, Albert may have been a slave in John G Winston's household as well.

What is also interesting is that John G Winston states in the 1850 census and the 1860 census that he was born in Tenn. Of course we know that William states in the 1850 and 1860, that he was born in Virginia. William is about 10 years older than John G.

In 1870, there are several black Winston's living near William O Winston and they are>>

Juda Winston age 27 born SC, living with her are two small children,
Gorgia Winston age 5 born in Ala and Edward Winston age 6 months and born in Ala.

Now also what is interesting is that in 1870 in Dekalb county there is a Jack Winston who was born in 1799 in Virginia and a Lucy Winston born 1830 in Virgina. Jack and Lucy are listed in the same household but the 1870 census does not state relationship. Living with Jack and Lucy is Rueben Winston age 23 born Ala, Molly Winston age 16 born in Ala, Moris Winston age 16 born in Ala, Joseph Winston age 12 born Ala, Amy Winston age 10 born Ala, Sarah Winston age 8 born Ala and Jane age 5 born Ala.

So Jack and Lucy could have came over from Virginia with either John G or William O.

I don't why I can't find Albert in 1870. Where Albert was in 1870 could answer a lot of questions for you.

What you need now is deed or some type of document that stated the names of the slaves that William and John G. Winston owned. In 1860, William owned 28 slaves while John G. owned 14 slaves. If you can't find that information on the web, I would check with a genealogy library in Dekalb County, Ala.

This what I found on William O Winston>>

William Overton Winston
Born: 1804
White Chimneys, Fauquier, Virginia, USA
Died: 18 Jan 1871
Valley Head, De Kalb, Alabama, USA

On John G. Winston>>

John Gaddes Winston
Born: 31 Jul 1814
[city], Hawkins, Tennessee, USA
Died: 19 Mar 1896
[city], Marshall, Alabama, USA

Father of William and John>>

John Geddes Winston Sr.
Born: 1777
[city], Fauquier, Virginia, USA
Died: 6 Jul 1844
Lebanon, De Kalb, Alabama, USA

Mother of William and John>>

Lucy Beverley Kenner
Born: 1780
[city], King George, Virginia, USA
Died: 16 Apr 1835
[city], De Kalb, Alabama, USA

I think if you can get to the courthouse at Dekalb County, you will be able to find who the slaveholder was for Albert and as you know, it will be either John G or William O.

This person from this site says that he or she will do free look ups for Dekalb county court records>>

Also check these out>>

Hope this helps,

Tony E

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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