|Source: Amite Genealogy Library|
These passports were issued to individuals, families and their slaves to go through the Indian Nations. The earliest ones found (1785) were recommendations for men to go into the Indian Nation to recover stolen horses, slaves or to collect a debts.
In 1809 and 1810 many passports were issued to citizens of North and South Carolina, who were passing through Georgia in large groups with their families, their household goods, pack horses and slaves.
Benjamin and Celia Bankston Richardson owned by maternal great-great grandfather Thomas Richardson and his mother Carrie. After reading the passport below that was issued to Benjamin Richardson, on September 28, 1807. Although a passport issued on December 26, 1810 was for himself, his mother and seven brother and sisters.
|Succession Inventory of Benjamin and Celia Bankston Richardson|
Benjamin and Celia Bankston Richardson had nine children. Benjamin passed away in 1852 in St. Helena, LA.
Page 228-Monday 28th September 1807
On recommendation of several respectable inhabitants form the county of Bullock
The passports throughout the creek nation be prepared for William Williams and Benjamin Richardson which were presented and signed. It is noted that the passports seemed to have stopped in 1813.
|Photo Credit: Walter C. Black. Sr.|