|Claretha Hughes Day|
Researching your ancestors who were slaves and for genealogist and family historian can be a happy but emotional moment. Finding slave records with your family name on it makes you think about the moment they were being sold or purchased. You're happy that you found them and you are sad because you know that this was a sad day for them or their children.
Researching your slave ancestor can be a challenging task, but it's possible in many cases. Knowing the last surname of the slave holder, or the surname that your family carries. My third great grandfather Thomas and his mother Carrie Richardson was appraised at eleven hundred dollars in St. Helena Parish.
If a free woman gave birth to a child, her child were free; if a woman were a slave, her child was a slave. Although little has been written and published on African-Americans who owned slaves, some did own slaves. The first records I found of a African-American man owning slaves were in St. Mary Parish was a man by the name Romaine Verdun.
|Assumption Sale of Slaves Books|
Look at the neighborhood where your ancestors lived in 1870 for white families with the same surname. Make your search parish wide, countywide, or even statewide, if your ancestors' name was unique. Create a list of same-surname candidates for the slaveholding family. Include possible spelling variations: Harold, Harrell Harrel, Harrell, and so on. Consider going back as far as the 1850 census, or that county's marriage and deed records, to look for white families of that surname.
|Slave sale of Carrie and her|
son Thomas Richardson
Also I found the passport that was issued to Benjamin Richardson on September 23, 1807. He was requesting a passport to travel through Indian nations. He and others were traveling from Bullock County Georgia. I didn't find any slaves in the records. He was traveling with his family to settle in Washington Parish.