Jun 172009

During February 2008 I spent a couple of weeks furiously researching the genealogy of a friend of my wife’s from her work. Pat is a descendant of slaves that lived in Mississippi, and the occasion was “Granny’s” 91st birthday (Granny is Pat’s mother), with a big celebration planned for her at her home in Copiah County, Mississippi in March of 2008.

Granny’s Gathering Place

Pat knew enough about her ancestry to point me in the right directions – helped immensely by the fact that I could find her mother listed in both the 1920 and 1930 Censuses.

Once I’d pushed the various families back as far as I could with the US Census Population Schedules, one of the other things I did was pore over the slave schedules and search results from Ancestry.com for both the 1850 and 1860 Slave Censuses of Copiah County trying to see if I could find these families as slave groups with any of the slave owners in Copiah County.

In order to help with that I came up with these 4 pages – 2 each for 1850 and 1860 that show the slave owner names, and the ages of their slaves as enumerated. One list is in slaveowner alphabetic order, the other is in enumeration order, which might be helpful in determining neighbours.

1850 Copiah Co., Mississippi – Slave Owners Alphabetical
1850 Copiah Co., Mississippi – Slave Owners Enumeration Order
1860 Copiah Co., Mississippi – Slave Owners Alphabetical
1860 Copiah Co., Mississippi – Slave Owners Enumeration Order

One of Pat’s ancestors that I’m fairly confident I found the slave owner for (the assumption made is that the slave took her owner’s surname upon Emancipation) is Harriet Harrel (one of Pat’s great grandmothers) – born in North Carolina about 1848. The 1860 Slave Schedule lists a Martha Harroll as the Owner of a 13 year old female slave, and there is an 1866 Marriage Record for Harriett Harrel to George Lynch, and in the 1870 Census George Lynch and Harriett have 3 children.

Martha Harroll herself on the 1860 Population Schedule lists the birthplace of her and her children, including a 1 year old as North Carolina, which means that by 1860 this family had only recently moved from North Carolina to Copiah Co., Mississippi, bringing with them only the 1 female slave. Investigations continue to try and find this family in North Carolina in 1850.

I hope you find the lists useful 🙂

  One Response to “Giving a little back…”


    Thanx so very much for this tremendous work. i have linked it to our AfriGeneas Slave Research Forum. I learned about your site from the Reunion 9 discussion board.

    All best wishes in the work that you do!


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