Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Wedding Wednesday
Abram and Easter - 1854

Dr Walter Wade recorded in his journal events that occurred on the Rosswood Plantation in Redlick, Jefferson County, Mississippi, between 1854-1865. Dr. Wade did small drawings throughout the journal which included a drawing of slaves Abram and Easter in their wedding attire.

Shopping for the wedding was done in Natchez. The couple married August 5th 1854 on a Saturday nite. They were likely married by High Peter who was recorded in the journal marrying another slave couple. A wedding supper was held for the couple.

On an inventory and assessment of the Negro property in Oct 1861, Abram was valued at $700, age 37; Easter who had one eye was valued at $400 and she was 21 years of age. The couple had a daughter Olivia who was 3 months old, valued at $50.
Source:
Journal of Rosswood Plantation, Redlick, Jefferson County, MS, by Dr. Walter Wade
Mississippi Department of Archives and History
Microfilm Number: 3882
Inventory and Appraisement of Slaves on the Rosswood Planation - 1861

Researched the census records to see if I could find the family in the 1870 census. I believe I found Easter and Olivia living in Jefferson County. Easter O'Quin was born in SC, 36 years old, Olivia was 9, and three more children were in the household: Frank, male Olivia, and August. In 1880, the family was using Johnson for a surname. Ester Johnson, age 40, born in SC, was in the household with children: Frank, August and Ida.

Olivia Johnson married Stephen Sidney 24 Jan 1878, in Jefferson County, MS.

2 comments:

  1. Are they related to you? I would love to find a journal from the plantations my ancestors were enslaved on.

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  2. Kristin, No, they are not related. While reading the journal from the area my ancestors lived, this couple reached my heart. I hope their descendants find them so they can be remembered.

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