Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Mary Winston's Letter - 1894

Mary Peachy Smith-Demyers Winston
1828-1895
At Home
Apr. 27 1894

Mrs Ella Harris

Dear friend
Please to send me that what you promse(sp) me of Sidney's
by so doing you will oblige

Your Resp
Mary Winston

Home for Mary was near Hazlehurst, Copiah County, MS. Mary was born about 1828 in Alabama. She was a slave of Peachy Ridgway Taliaferro and later his son Richard. According to oral tradition, Mary is believed to be the daughter of Peachy R Taliaferro with my 3rd great grandmother Peggy Demyers.

Mary is named in the probate records of Taliaferro, along with her husband Andrew and two of their daughters, Malinda and Sidney.

What of Sidney's did Ella Harris have? Did she owe Sidney money? Did Sidney leave behind clothing, hat, tools? Did Ella Harris make a promise to give Sidney a gift?

I am also curious about the writer. Did Mary write the letter, one of her children, grandchildren, or a neighbor?

How Does Mary connect to my family tree?
Mary is the half sister of my 2nd great grandmother
Alice Demyers Overton Usher.

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Lucy Ella Rice married Lewis Bingaman Harris. The couple was associated with Gustavus family of Copiah County. Read about Andrew Gustavus and the Harris family here. Ella is connected to the Taliaferro family through marriage.

Source: Harris (Lewis Bingaman and Family) Papers
Z/0983.000/S
Box 3
Mississippi Department of Archives and History

Monday, April 14, 2014

Amanuensis Monday
Lindsey Impressed by the Governor - 1863

Received of C. B. N. Rice one negro man slave named Lindsey aged 49 years with axe, impressed by the govenor(sp), the said C. B. N. Rice is entitled to one month's pay and commutation.

Hazlehurst Miss Febry 14th 1863
A P Barry Maj Com

Impressment was the informal and then, beginning in March 1863, the legislated policy of the Confederate government to seize food, fuel, slaves, and other commodities to support armies in the field during the Civil War (1861–1865). From Confederate Impressment During the Civil War

As a citizen of the Confederacy, Charles Benjamin Nicholas Rice was obligated to give his property for service. Lindsey was the property of Rice and was to do as he was told. Rice was to be paid, not Lindsey.

I searched the census records for Lindsey in 1870 and 1880 Copiah County censuses. I did not find a Lindsey of the right age in the county.

C. B. N. Rice was a slave owner in Copiah County, Mississippi, near Hazlehurst, owning over forty slaves in 1860. C.B.N. Rice was born in 1803 in South Carolina, died in 1868 in Copiah County. He married Mary Ann Macon. Two of the couple's daughters, Lucy Ella and Elizabeth, married into families who enslaved members of my family.

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Lucy Ella Rice married Lewis Bingaman Harris. The couple was associated with Gustavus family of Copiah County. Read about Andrew Gustavus and the Harris family here.

Elizabeth Rice married Joseph Brown. They owned members of my Sinclair and Overton family. See Elizabeth Rice Brown's 1855 inventory and appraisement listing of slaves here.

Source: Harris (Lewis Bingaman and Family) Papers
Z/0983.000/S
Box 1, Folder 3
Mississippi Department of Archives and History