In the previous post, I showed a photograph of two of my Crossley cousins. For anyone connected to or interested in the Crossley family of Amite and Lincoln Counties, Mississippi, I would like to recommend this book, A Genealogist's Guide to Discovering Your African American Ancestors, by authors Franklin Carter Smith and Emily Anne Croom.
Per a 1843 will, the progenitors of the Crossley family were the slaves of the Weathersby family of Amite County. The parents were to be allowed to live free and the children were to be allowed to purchase their freedom. Of course, there was a court case.