Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Almost Wordless Wednesday
Amanda Miller Bell
of the Free Woods
circa 1863

Amanda Miller Bell born about 1827
Baby Mary Elizabeth Bell born about 1862

Amanda was a member of the Free Woods, Franklin County, MS, "an isolated farming community where people of three races are said to have intermarried and abolished slavery well before the Civil War."

Free Woods: 19th Century Community Unique in Area

Amanda is distantly related to Cousin Bettie McDaniel Neal.
Photograph courtesy of Anthony Neal, Sr.


  1. Interesting. She resembles my husbands grandmother who was from Mer Rouge, LA.

  2. So, I wonder if she was related to the James Miller Family of Gillsburg? James owned a huge plantation on the Tickfaw; his son, James Wyly, owned land in NW Amite County on the Homochitto. JW, Jr., started Freewoods with his Choctaw wife; it was continued by his daughter Clorie. I wonder how "Amanda" was related to them?