Diana M Frederick and Jacob Burton in the 1840 Census

1840 Census Diana M Frederick

Jacob Burton – Total Slaves: 27
Diana M Frederick – Total Slaves: 15

Yesterday cousin Reggie asked me if we knew where our relatives were living in proximity to each other.  Pre-emancipation, this question is often answered by tracing the slaveholding families our kin were associated with.  Double checking the records I’ve accumulated, I was surprised to see that our newly explored Diana M Frederick was just a few households away from Jacob Burton in 1840.  As discussed in previous posts we have the documentation tracing our ancestor Major Bailey from the Estate of Robert Owen to the Estate of Thomas E Owen, as administered by his wife Mariah (Hicks).

Letting this soak in…does this mean that both sets of grandparents of Carrie Bailey possibly (likely?) knew each other in the 1840’s.

Carrie Bailey Pedigree

I look at this information, and it tells me a story…and leaves me asking many questions.

Was the grandmother of Albert H. R. Frederick (Nancy Kennan Burton) kin to Jacob Burton and his line?

Albert H R Frederick Pedigree

How intertwined were these families and those they enslaved?

Owen - Hicks Descendants

What stories are still out there waiting to be told?


Bailey-Owen-Lumpkin-Hicks Connections Part 6

Back in April of 2016 I recorded in a set of 5 postings my research in to the ties of the Bailey, Owen, Lumpkin, and Hicks families to our own.  It seems appropriate that I title this return to the same set of families as part 6.


Otherwise, I might have called this “Spokes in a Wheel” or some other such reference. Doing this research, it is hard to think in terms of a straight line from one generation down to the next.   At times it seems we’re dealing with a circle of families forming a community that existed pre-emancipation.  Let me try to explain.

Quite a while back when exploring these families, I found a photo at find a grave for Dr. Frederick that immediately reminded me of cousin Reggie.

Dr Frederick and Reggie

In one of our early conversations he told me of Major Bailey Jr having two families, and each of the women being a daughter of Louiza Frederick.  Louiza Frederick (abt 1842-1929) was an enslaved woman, the daughter of Penny Frederick.  It seems to me likely that Louiza and Penny were held as slaves by some of those named in the Frederick and Davis Cemetery, in Chambers County, Alabama.

Frederick and Davis Cemetery Chambers County

In the earlier five parts documenting my research in to this family grouping, I was following the leads laid out by James Hicks.  He laid out how his ancestor William Hicks had three daughters with his first wife Louisa Frederick.  I now recognize her as the Louise Hicks that died in 1839 and was laid to rest in Chambers County as shown above.  We know that the Hicks daughters married in to the Owens family that were documented as “owning” our ancestor Major Bailey.

But let’s explore more the Hicks and Frederick connection to see what insights we can gain in to the family of Major Bailey Jr and his wife Judy who in some documents was shown with the surname Hicks.

Again, I’ll reference the writing of James Hicks about his ancestors:


Thomas Hicks / Elizabeth Brewer 1750 – N.C.

Posted: 11 Jan 2006 08:27AM

James C. Hicks

I am still looking for the father of William and Diana Maria Hicks, born 1799 & 1805 in N. C. (Sampson/Duplin/Onslow Counties). “Family Search” lists father of Diana Maria as “Thomas Hicks”. Does any one have the children of Thomas Hicks and Elizabeth Brewer married in Wake County, N.C. in 1782 died unknown date. Thomas is listed as the son of Captain Thomas Hicks and Elizabeth Williams born in Virginia and married 1754 in N.C. and died 1797 in Duplin County, N.C. Am also looking for children of “Thomas Hicks and Thankful Weeks” for the same time period.


I found it very helpful that he was able to tie his William as a sibling of “Diana Maria Hicks”.  I was being lead to that conclusion from information in the cemetery.  We see her above in the cemetery as Maria Diana Hicks Frederick.

She became the wife of Dr William Kennan Frederick, and mother of William Kennan Frederick and Dr. Albert H R Frederick, of the above photo (which I think has a resemblance to Reggie).  Could this have been the family that held Penny as a slave? Penny’s daughter Louiza was born in 1842.  Louiza’s oldest known daughter Judy was born in 1857.  Judy would later go on to marry Major Bailey Jr.   Would this connection explain why some documents show Judy with a maiden name of Frederick, and others with a maiden name of Hicks?

Bertha L Scott Pedigree

Our cousin Reggie knew his grandmother Bertha Lue Scott, and spent a lot of time with her in his childhood.  Through Bertha, he learned that Bertha’s great grandmother Louiza was known to have been light skinned.  It’s interesting to ponder, does Reggie carry Hicks and/or Fredrick DNA from those who enslaved his ancestors?  Would this explain the resemblance I think I see between Reggie and Dr Albert H R Frederick (born 1835), son of William Kennan Frederick and Diana Maria Hicks?

What else will I learn when I find the 1840 census for Diana M (Hicks) Frederick?




We have Tuckers in the family

1880 Isaac Burton Agricultural Census

As I mentioned previously, Sukey (AKA Susan), sister of Jeff Burton, and daughter of Harry and Rosa was married to Isaac Burton.  We knew from the will of Jacob Burton Jr. that Susan had George, Margaret, and Mary as children.  The will did not specify the father.

Susan and Isaac were together in 1880, but by 1900 Susan is a widow living with her daughter.

Name: Sukey Burton
Age: 75
Birth Date: 1825
Birthplace: Alabama
Home in 1900: Lafayette, Chambers, Alabama
Sheet Number: 19A
Number of Dwelling in Order of Visitation: 73
Family Number: 343
Race: Black
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Mother
Marital Status: Widowed
Mother: number of living children: 2
Mother: How many children: 4
Occupation: Farm Laborer
Months not employed: 0
Can Read: No
Can Write: No
Can Speak English: Yes
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Margarett Tucker 49
Mary E Tucker 17
Alonzo Tucker 15
Albert F Tucker 12
Rufus W Tucker 7
Sukey Burton 75

The records show us that son Rufus grows up and in 1930 is married with children, one of which he names Oliver.

Household Members:
Name Age
Rufus Tucker 34
Genie Tucker 35
Charlie Tucker 17
Oliver Tucker 16
Joe Tucker 15
Willis Tucker 13
Emma Tucker 10
Jessie Tucker 9
Walter Tucker 4
Parrie L Tucker 8
Albert Tucker 3
Annie M Tucker 1

We know per the 1880 Agricultural Census Isaac (and wife Sukey) were living near Oliver Tucker.  In 1880, Margaret is not living in her parents house, based on the following 1880 census for Oliver Tucker, nearby neighbor of the Burton family, his wife Mattie is likely Susan’s daughter Margaret.

Name: Mattie Tucker
Age: 33
Birth Date: Abt 1847
Birthplace: Alabama
Home in 1880: Bluffton, Chambers, Alabama, USA
House Number: 109
Dwelling Number: 153
Race: Black
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Marital Status: Married
Spouse’s Name: Oliver Tucker
Father’s Birthplace: Alabama
Mother’s Birthplace: Alabama
Occupation: Keeping House
Cannot Read: Yes
Cannot Write: Yes
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Oliver Tucker 35
Mattie Tucker 33
Joseph Tucker 11
Monroe Tucker 9
Enma Tucker 5

It would appear from Harry and Rosa having a daughter Sukey who married Isaac Burton, we can carry that family forward to daughter Margaret, wife of Oliver Tucker. Shown above we have Rufus Tucker with a number of children, who would be the Great Great Grandchildren of Harry and Rosa.

Now who else can we find?

Harry and Rosa, I found some of your kids!

It was nearly two years ago to the day that I first wrote about Harry and Rosa.


Kenneth Burton was (and continues to be) very generous sharing his research.  I’ve had some quiet time this weekend to look this over again, and to make progress updating my tree using some of the techniques of The Beyond Kin Project.  As is true with many a research project, I can look back and see things I think I’ve done pretty well, and other things I now have the opportunity to improve.  And I’ve made some big leaps forward, but I want to spend a few minutes on how I got from A to B before I talk about my new discoveries. (If this part bores you, feel free to skip ahead to what I found.)

Burton Grid

As explained in the original post, we had the will of Jacob Burton who died in 1864 and in that document, there were some specific family groupings that were detailed. In the grid above, that’s the information that’s organized and colored coded in columns B-G. In my work this weekend I added the info in column A – the data from the sharecropping agreement in 1865 with land owner Andrew J Burton, son of Jacob Burton.  Where possible, I color coded column A to correlate with those family groupings.

Yeah, I know, boring details. But that’s how my thoughts had been organized, along these family groupings.   But today I’ve refocused to look at this from another perspective.  Part of the goal of The Beyond Kin project is to record those who were enslaved by harvesting estate papers and other documents and creating an association between those who were enslaved and the estate, plantation or other entity that provides these early records.  The Beyond Kin Project website does a much better job of explaining this than I just did (please google it).  So my focus today has been: in the will of Jacob Burton, who among the enslaved had no parent mentioned, and which were in the second or third generation of the family grouping.

So I started looking at the will, paragraph by paragraph, and cross checking the folks grouped by descendant of Jacob Burton Jr, against my family grouping chart.  Going through, trying to account for everyone had me double checking ages and finding lovely documents proving what happened to some of Harry and Rosa’s children after we saw them in the documents that Kenneth Burton shared.

Item 3rd to Rachel Sewell Burton

My cross referencing to my chart: Harry and Rosa B2, Mary B4 ,and Nathan B12, Washington B5, John B6 ,Warren D5, Sarah E6.

I Found NATHAN! We know Nathan is a son of Harry and Rosa, and he and his mother Rosa are among those who are sharecropping for Andrew J Burton.  Way back when I just though of our kin as living in Chambers County.  As I’ve blogged about in the past I’m now aware of our kin often crossing over in to Tallapoosa County, especially in the area of Dudleyville.  All that learning has paid off.  I can’t wait for a descendant of Nathan to come along and see what’s been pasted together.

We know that 22 year old Nathan is sharecropping in 1865, giving him a birth year of about 1843.

Nathan Burton 1870

Here he is in Dudleyville!  If I saw this before, I wouldn’t have had the confidence to correlate this with our family. To seal the deal, look who’s in household 258 just before him.

1870 Andrew Burton

So now Nathan’s descendants can confidently know, there he is with presumed wife Catharine, and 3 children.  But we can tell them even more. We can tell them he was a registered voter in 1867.

Alabama, Voter Registration, 1867
Name Nathan Burton
Race African-American
County Tallapoosa
Election District 26
Precinct 12

1880 Nathan Burton

There he is again in 1880 next to Andrew J Burton, with a few more kids added to the family. (Though there’s nothing currently to back it up, I bet a nickle it will turn out his wife Catherine is about E7 in that chart up there.)

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And I found Sukey!

See that 43 year old Isaac followed by 34 year old Sukey in the shareholder agreement area of that chart up there.  Note in that era Sukey was a common nickname for Susan, and it is my belief that Susan is the sister to our Jeff, and daughter of Harry and Rosa recorded around B19 in the chart.  I actually was looking at relatives on another part of the family tree when I stumbled across records for Isaac.  This was on the same 1880 Census page with records for Anthony Barrow (our Winston Family is very intermarried with his family).

Name: Isaac Burton
Age: 59
Birth Date: Abt 1821
Birthplace: Georgia
Home in 1880: Bluffton, Chambers, Alabama, USA
House Number: 109
Dwelling Number: 154
Race: Black
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
Marital Status: Married
Spouse’s Name: Suckey Burton
Father’s Birthplace: Georgia
Mother’s Birthplace: Georgia
Occupation: Laborer
Cannot Read: Yes
Cannot Write: Yes
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Isaac Burton 59
Suckey Burton 58
Peter Burton 12
Thomas Burton 10

He was a registered voter in 1867, and Anthony Barrow, as well as Jacob Burton, son of Jacob Burton Jr of the will were on the same page of the book.

Alabama, Voter Registration, 1867
Name Isaac Burton
Race African-American
County Chambers
Election District 27
Precinct 05

And to compliment these records we have the 1880 Agricultural Census Isaac Burton with Anthony Barrow.  But remember you saw that name Oliver Tucker in there to.

1880 Isaac Burton Agricultural Census

Are you wondering how Oliver Tucker fits in?


Zeke and Wilkes County, Georgia

Sometimes the new leads come in so fast and furious, I have to start writing some of this down, or I’ll forget all the various follow-ups I want to do.

I have to calm myself, and remind myself that not all of the leads will pan out, perhaps only a minority will turn in to anything useful.  But, it seems like I have lots of clues for a new scavenger hunt.

Zeke Huguley and our Frank Huguley seem to be the key to understanding our new DNA match.  So I’m looking at what I can find out about Zeke.  As mentioned, in addition to being a direct ancestor to our new match, Zeke is a direct ancestor to Kenneth Burton.  And Kenneth has left a lot of breadcrumbs from when he was researching Zeke.


In the exchanges in the above thread, Zeke had been tracked as being enslaved by the same George Huguley, as our Frank Huguley had been.  Here are some excerpts from the above:

Researching slaves of George Huguley?

Posted: 08 Nov 2006 08:12AM


Seeking information on slave inventories of George Huguley b. 1809 d. 1886. He has a likely connection as the slave owner to my great great grandparents Ezekial (Zeke) Huguley b. 1845 d. 1924., and Mary Huguley b. 1847 d. abt. 1883.

I have a copy of Ezekial’s death certificate, his second wife, whose the informant, stated that he was born in West Point Georgia.

The 1860 U.S census slave schedule for Chambers County Alabama, list George Huguley as owning 75 slaves.

Is there an inventory before emancipation of his slave holdings that might mention his slaves by name.

Posted: 04 Sep 2007 10:00PM

Valerie Freeman

I don’t know if this is of any assistance but I thought you might find this of interest. It is posted to the Chambers Co., Alabama GenWeb Archives. Go to this file:


The Huguley & Dallis/Dallas families were very closly connected from their early days in Linclon Co., Ga., as evidenced by George Huguley’s 1st (Mary “Polly” Dallis) & 2nd (Gabrella (Arabella) Alice Dallis) wives.

George’s brother, Amos Huguley, married 1st to Orrie Dallis and 2nd to Naomi Dallis.

My husband is the 3X Great-grandson of George & 2nd wife, Gabrella. I wish I could help you further. Have you tried writing the Troup County Archives in LaGrange, Ga?


I have found them to be very helpful, as I am do this from Orange Co., California.

Valerie Freeman

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Dallis I already had these Dallis sisters in my tree, per their association with George Huguley.  I also had a Mahala Dallis as an ancestor to our McCord cousins, but that’s an adventure for another day.
Sticking with George Huguley, I decided to delve in to this family more.  I thought Kenneth had raised a good question: could we find any records of the people enslaved by this family prior to emancipation.
Other researchers had tracked George Huguley to being the son of Job Huguley and his wife Alley.  Job died before 1817, and Ally died in 1847.  What would Ally’s probate records reveal?
I found her will, but the actual probate file was more dificult to find.
Here are some book entries that caught my eye.  I will include the full page here for context clues of who the contemporary neighbors were.

Page 48–GREEN, JAMES, dec’d. est. Thos. Green, excr. Sale of effects Nov. 28, 1818. One not given by excr Thos. Green to said Jas. dec’d. for $875.00., saddle, bridle, whip and lot of books. Cash received of est of Hiram Morton. One note given by said Jas. Green, dec’d to John H. Brandon of Roan C. N. C. for $50.
Page 377–Paid Willis Green $64. 1820, paid Thos. Green, Jr. $30., 1822, paid Bryan Fanning $570, 1822. Thos. Green, excr.

Page 104–GARTRELL, JOSEPH, dec’d. est. Carleton Wellborn, excr in right of his wife. Sold slave Stephen. Signed Jan. 4, 1820.

Page 179–GUNN, ANNE, dec’d. est. John Hendley, admr. Paid Richard Gunn $850. Paid Mary Dewberry $500. Signed Nov. 5, 1821.
Page 193–Returns for 1819-21 Paid Richard Gunn, Jr. for cheese, paid for three coffins. Paid John S. Harper on son Ichabod’s account.

Page 343–GUNN, JOHN, dec’d, minors, John J. Harper, gdn. Returns for 1821 show paid A. B. Stephens tuition for Cicely Gunn and board for Geo. and Cicely Gunn.
Page 454–David Pool, admr. of John Gunn, dec’d in right of his wife, to boarding Cicely and Geo. 1822-23.

Page 249–GRIFFIN, JOHN, dec’d. Division of est by commissioners as directed in his will, but not assigned to heirs, his widow having married. May 7, 1822.

Page 334–GRESHAM, EDWARD, dec’d. est. Archibald Gresham, admr. Returns show he paid Wm. Jones and Henry Shorter distributees $632.37 each in full, retaining the remainder for himself, the third distributee. Jul. 25, 1822.

Page 368–GRIER, ROBERT, Sr., dec’d of Dallas Co. Ala. Robt. Jr., admr. with will annexed. Commr’s app to make inventory. Two notes on Thos Akin, one on Edward D. Malone, all that is listed. Jul. 26, 1823.

Page 27–HUGULEY, JOB, dec’d. orphans. Ally Huguley, gdn. Hire of slaves of Amos, Nancy, Geo. Alley and Elizabeth 1818.
Page 85–Same for 1819.
Page 373–Same for 1822 as gdn for Geo., Elizabeth. Nancy and Ally, board, tuition and clothes. Paid tax for Amos.

Page 41–HENDERSON, JOHN, orph of Wm. Henderson. Hannah Henderson, gdn. Returns 1815-19 paid board and tuition.

Page 46–HILLYARD, RICHARD, dec’d. est. Wm. Hillyard, admr. Returns for 1817. 125 acres in Wilkes Co., slaves Spencer, Geo., Sarah, little Sarah, sold to R. Hillyard. Slave woman to Mary Hillyard in full of legacy.

Page 53–HOLMES, MARY, dec’d. Wm. Holmes, admr. Returns 1819 no data

End of Page 179 – The Early Records of Georgia, Volume II, Wilkes County – Start of Page 180

Page 109–HANCOCK, RICHARD, dec’d. est. Wm. Brook, admr. Returns for 1819. Paid Robt. Moore for making coffin, paid Isaac Lambert for funeral expenses.
Page 140–Returns for 1820. Paid Henry Pope, admr of Isaac Callaway, $32.78.

Page 136–HANSON, MARY, dec’d. est. Walter L. Weems, excr. Returns for 1821, no data.
Page 264–Returns for 1821. Paid Jas. Lowery his legacy. Paid A. H. Gibson $1106, paid Geo. and Caroline Swain $1300, paid Walter H. Weems $733, paid Patience Irwin $1300.
Page 364–Paid Walter H. Weems legacy in full. Paid Geo. Swain. Jr. agt. for five youngest sisters of Mary Hanson, dec’d their legacy agreeable to her will. Paid John R. Golding, excr of John Hodge, $50., part of legacy. Signed Sept. 1, 1823.

Page 163–HARNSBERGER, ROBERT, minor. Adam Harnsberger, gdn. Notes on Adam and Francis Harnsberger and Allen P. Rice on Stephen Harnsberger all made 1820-21.

Page 166–HARNSBERGER, STEPHENS, dec’d. est. Allen P. Rice, admr. Paid several sums to Stephen Z. Harnsberger, Adam harnsberger, gdn of Robt. Harnsberger. Paid Adam, Mary, Frances Harnsberger large amounts. Paid Geo. W. Nolan $575. Aug. 7, 1821.

Page 321–HUFF, CHARLES, dec’d. est. Wm. Lackey, admr. Returns for 1822. Paid John S. Pool, Thos. Harris, William, Susannah, and Washington Huff, and Samuel Lackey in full, and myself, same amount.
Page 327–Minors of Chas. Huff, dec’d, Susanna, Chas., Ann and Fanny to Susanna Huff, gdn. Board and Clothes 1822. (Spelled Hoff in this record).

Page 358–HAY, GILBERT, dec’d. est. Felix G. Hay, excr. Returns 1822-23. Paid tuition for John and Chas. Hay. Paid Mrs. Hay part of her legacy.
Page 391–Returns for 1823. Paid tuition as above. Paid cost of excr. G. Hay vs Catherine Hay.

Page 413–HAMMONS, JACOB, dec’d. est. John Huguley, excr. Returns 1823-24. Paid Champion Allen $788.61, and paid as gdn four times the amount above. Paid for taking out a grant for the est $12, 1820.

Page 473–HAMMONS, JACOB, dec’d. orphans. Champion Allen, gdn. Returns for 1824. Board for Wm., Mary Anne, Barbara Anne, and Lucinda Hammons, and the hire of their slaves, and rent of land to C. Allen.

Page 399–HUGHES, ROBERT, dec’d. est. Division of 18 slaves agreeable to the will. (See Vol. 1, p. 95). Slaves Daniel and Phoebe to the heirs

End of Page 181 – The Early Records of Georgia, Volume II, Wilkes County – Start of Page 182

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…guardian of the three children of Thomas H. Chivers, towit, Algernon S., James M., and Jane A. Chivers makes returns of board and tuition, calling them her children. Excr. of Thomas H. Crivers, dec’d. towit, Robert Chivers, ordered to pay.

Page 81-83–Josiah W. Pope, dec’d. Lemuel Wootten and Abraham Hill, Sr., appointed Admrs.

Jan. 14, 1823. Personally appeared Joseph Hurley, aged 66 years to make declaration for pension according to Acts of Congress Mar. 18, 1818 and May 1, 1820. He declares he enlisted July 1, 1782 in North Carolina in the Company commanded by Capt. Elijah Moore, first captain, Alex, Brevard, second and Capt. Rhodes, third in the First N. C. Regiment commanded by Lt. Corben Archibold Lyttle under the command of Gen. Nathaniel Greene in the tour of the state of N. C., on Continental establishment; that he served till July 1, 1783, when he was discharged in Charleston, S. C., that he was in the Battle of Waupoocet (?) and that he has no other proof of said service, that he was a citizen of the United States Mar. 18, 1818, that he had not sold or given away property, which property consists of six school books and two books of Divinity, that he has no family residing with him, his occupation heretofore being teacher, his sight now failing he fears dependence. Affidavit Nov. 2, 1822 of William Littleton that Joseph Hurley was a soldier in the Continental Line and served as Orderly and 1st. Sergt., in the First N. C. Regiment “while I was 1st Sergt. and served faithfully till the declaration of Peace at the close of the War.” Sworn to before William Robertson and Samuel Rice, J. P., of Wilkes Co.

Page 83–Petition of Elizabeth Branham, Admr. Spencer Branham, dec’d. to sell the slaves for division.

Page 84–John Cooper, Sr., Security for Ally Huguley, guardian of her children, minor orphans of Job Huguley, dec’d. resigns.

Page 85–Jan. 21, 1823. Sterling Jenkins, dec’d. Will probated Jan. 28, 1823. Washington Huff, dec’d. Solomon Arnold and Harriett Huff appointed Admrs.

Page 86–Feb. 4, 1823. Benjamin Talliaferro, dec’d. Joseph A. Green appointed Admr., as far as the real estate.

Feb. 20. 1823. Jacob McClendon, dec’d. James Walker appointed temporary Admr.

March Term 1823. Petition of John Cantrell for clear titles to Lot No. 48, 1st Dist. Habersham Co., bond for title given 1821 by John Pope, dec’d.

Page 89–Petition of John and Gabriel Spearman, guardians of Anne and Mary Dawson, to make returns to the court of Jasper Co., granted

End of Page 202 – The Early Records of Georgia, Volume I, Wilkes County – Start of Page 203

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Lee appointed Admrs. Elizabeth Fluker, dec’d. Isaac Fluker appointed Admx.

Sept. 15, 1823. Armstead E. Stokes, dec’d. Sarah Stokes appointed Admx.

Sept. 18, 1823. Ethelbert F. Semmes, dec’d. Joseph W. Lucket appointed Admr. David Butler, dec’d. Francis W. Butler appointed Admx. William Walker, dec’d. Thomas Wootten appointed Admr.

Page 114–Oct. 24, 1823. Silas Dixon, dec’d. James A. Graves appointed Admr. de bonis non.

Oct. 29, 1823. Charles Wittich, dec’d. Frederick Wittich, appointed Admr.

Page 115–Nov. 3, 1823. Petition of William Arnold, Excr. of Joshua Arnold, dec’d. to sell 360 acres on Kettle creek. Thomas Formby appointed guardian of Edny Robertson, orphan of Peggy Robertson, dec’d. John and Stephen Pettus, Wm. Simpson, Isaac Landon and Thomas Freeman appointed to divide the slaves of Edward Butler, dec’d.

Page 116–Dianah Cade appointed Admx. of Robert Cade, dec’d. Bond for $70,000.00. Sarah Stokes appointed Admx. of Armstead E. Stokes, dec’d. Micajah T. Anthony and William A. Stokes, Security. Bond for $60,000.

Page 117–Abraham Hill, Admr. of Josiah W. Pope, dec’d. allowed to sell two slaves. Petition of William Robertson, Excr. of John Ogletree, dec’d. to divide the estate. Petition of John Huguley and Champion Allen to divide the estate of Jacob Hammons, dec’d.

Page 118–Joseph W. Luckett appointed Admr. with will annexed of Etheldred F. Semmes. John Rorie one of the heirs of Abner Webster, dec’d. complains mismanagement of Elizabeth Webster, Excx. Estate of Robert Hughes, dec’d. ordered to be divided.

Page 119–Henry Pope, Absolom Janes or Jones and Winnifred Callaway, Admrs. of Isaac Callaway, dec’d. allowed to sell real estate. George W. Carter chooses A. Lane guardian.

Page 120–Nov. 17, 1823. Silas Dixon, dec’d. Charles R. Carter appointed Admr. Jesse M. Chaudoian, dec’d. Anderson Riddle and Zimri W. Tate appointed Admrs. Allen R. Wootten, dec’d. Richard B. Wootten appointed Admr. Francis Gideon, dec’d. Elizabeth Gideon appointed Admx. with will annexed.

Dec. 10, 1823. James Perry, dec’d. Josiah Perry appointed Admr. Ludwell Fullilove, dec’d. Elizabeth and Willis Fullilove appointed Admrs.

Page 121–Dec. 19, 1823. Polly Paxton, dec’d. Milton Paxton appointed Admr.

Dec. 24, 1823. Jubal Early, dec’d. Duncan G. Campbell appointed Admr.

End of Page 205 – The Early Records of Georgia, Volume I, Wilkes County – Start of Page 206

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I knew about when and where to look, and I knew that familysearch.org had digitized probate records. Could I find the appraisal records for the estate of Alley Huguley?



Alley Huguleys Appraisment

Mind you, this all began as a quest for finding out more about Zeke (Ezeakial) Huguley born about 1842.

Alley Huguleys Appraisment 1

Alley Huguleys Appraisment 2

Alley Huguleys Appraisment 3


Did you see him there in that image above?


How can you help but feel joy and sadness to have found (!!!) 6 year old little Ezekail, listed right there next to the mule?

My Head’s Gonna Explode

As I was saying…

“Names that caught my eye are:

Green, Brooks, Smith, Bailey, Hunter, Calloway, Erwin, King, Germany, Tucker, Burton, Johnson, Owens, Williams, Floyd, Vines, Jackson, Allan, Hicks, Meadows, McCord, Tinsley, Heard, Kinebrew, Meadows, Bickerstaff.

These are the names I see on trees of our DNA cousins, or in Census and other records relevant for our family that were in Chambers County, Alabama and Troup County, Georgia.  Will future research be able to connect these new found Tallapoosa families to those that I’ve already looked at in other contexts?”

So I’m looking at DNA cousins this morning, trying to pick out ones with roots in Tallapoosa. I come across one with this branch, as well as including Askew and Fitzpatrick on other branches.  Those are surnames familiar to me, and we know that Huguley as recorded in my tree is also seen as Hughley.

James Hughley

So I start looking in my tree to see if maybe I already have James.  He looks to be a possible match to the son of Zeke already in my tree, so I send a message to the tree owner.

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I wonder if your James was the son of Zeke in this 1880 Census

1880 United States Federal Census

Name: Zeke Hughley
Age: 38
Birth Date: Abt 1842
Birthplace: Georgia
Home in 1880: Daviston, Tallapoosa, Alabama, USA
Dwelling Number: 33
Race: Black
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
Marital Status: Married
Spouse’s Name: Mary Hughley
Mother’s Birthplace: Georgia
Occupation: Farmer
Cannot Read: Yes
Cannot Write: Yes
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Zeke Hughley 38
Mary Hughley 35
Walter Hughley 14
Osborn Hughley 12
James Hughley 11
George Hughley 9
Alice Hughley 7
Zeke Hughley 6
Liza Hughley 4
Henry Hughley 9/12

This would be the same family in 1870
Name: Ezekial Huguly
Age in 1870: 25
Birth Year: abt 1845
Birthplace: Georgia
Home in 1870: Beat 7, Chambers, Alabama
Race: Mulatto
Gender: Male
Post Office: Chambers
Value of real estate: View image
Household Members:
Name Age
Ezekial Huguly 25
Mary Huguly 23
Walter Huguly 5
Osborn Huguly 3
Robert Cox 22

OH WOW… I looked up Zeke in my tree:

I was just working on his first wife yesterday.

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Yesterday I wrote about Patsey Heard having children by Richard Kent Heard.  Cecilia Heard, second wife of Zeke was one of these children.  (I erred in my correspondence, Zeke’s first wife Mary was mother of James, Zeke’s second wife Cecilia was daughter of Patsey.)

This is all so intriguing to me.  When I looked at hints for other trees with Zeke and son James…one of the first trees I hit on was from a DNA cousin I had been working with.  One that was knowledgeable in how Richard Kent Heard connected to her family and other shared DNA cousins. (see parts 1 -3 in my previous post) And this cousin had James with wife Clara and kids in her tree.

James Hughley Tree Compare

When I went to grab a visual, I saw I already had one from a posting in March of 2016.  Besides this Zeke connection to the Heard family, (with his first wife) he was the father of Caudie Hughley.  Her daughter Mary married Perry Burton, brother to our Harriet Burton.  If the name Perry Burton sounds familiar, it was his descendant Ken Burton who shared with us the information that allows us to trace our lines back to Harry and Rosa.

Cecilia Heard in tree

To a geek like me, this is all very interesting, but what does it mean in terms of a new DNA discovery?  Though I had been working on the Heard side of the tree when stumbling upon this new match, I see it is a shared match with Willie Joe and maternal cousin Bobby.  The shared DNA with Willie Joe and this new match is 51 centimorgans shared across 5 DNA segments.  The shared DNA with Bobby and this new match is 43 centimorgans shared across 3 DNA segments.  Each is predicted to be a 4th to 6th cousin to this new match.  A fourth cousin would share Great Great Great Grandparents.  Willie Joe and Bobby share Whitaker-Hughley, Bailey, Burton and Winston lines.  For Willie Joe, counting back his mother is Ruth Lucille Whitaker, his Grandfather is Frank Hughley.  (For Bobby, Frank Hughley is his Great Grandfather.)  We lose the trail to Frank’s parents but strongly suspect it was a union of the slaveholding George Hughley and a currently unidentified enslaved woman.

I have to wonder, were Frank and Zeke cousins, second cousins?  Will we figure out the link?

UPDATE:  Our Whitaker cousin shared the results of his Y-DNA test.  His mail line is unbroken back to Frank Whitaker AKA Hughley.  His Y Haplo-group is E-M2.  FTDNA tells us: Haplogroup E is an African lineage. It is currently believed that this haplogroup dispersed south from northern Africa with the Bantu agricultural expansion. E is also the most common lineage among African Americans. It is a diverse haplogroup with many branches and is found distributed throughout Africa today. It is also found at a very low frequency in North Africa and the Middle East.  In light of this information, it is more likely the father of Frank was an enslaved male among those associated with the Hughley family.

Alley Huguleys Appraisment - Enslaved Persons

Is Ezekeil’s father among the men named: George, Charles, Dave, Bryant, Harry and Jefferson?

Is Ezekeil’s mother Alsey, Rilles?, Patience, or Mary?

Are we on the right track, and can we establish Ezekeil and Frank were brothers sharing the same parents?




The map of Alabama and our Family Pt3

What do I make of the surnames (on the 1866 Alabama census of Tallapoosa County) surrounding Lydia, R.K., and Patsey Heard and their appearance around our kin found in Chambers County?

1831-1832 Map of Alabama

When researching other areas my kin have settled, I’ve been reminded these areas did not come with lines drawn across the valley, or other features; these were just regions with no unique identities established in the early years.  Did some of these large plantation owning families I’ve become familiar with, just spread out, as they moved westward from Georgia and other areas, with families settling where they found good land, not necessarily congregating in any particular county?

Names that caught my eye are:

Green, Brooks, Smith, Bailey, Hunter, Calloway, Erwin, King, Germany, Tucker, Burton, Johnson, Owens, Williams, Floyd, Vines, Jackson, Allan, Hicks, Meadows, McCord, Tinsley, Heard, Kinebrew, Meadows, Bickerstaff.

These are the names I see on trees of our DNA cousins, or in Census and other relevant records for our family that were in Chambers County, Alabama and Troup County, Georgia.  Will future research be able to connect these new found Tallapoosa families to those that I’ve already looked at in other contexts?

The Map of Alabama and our Family Pt2

I concluded my last entry with:

West of Chambers is Tallapoosa, and … Dudleyville is in Tallapoosa barely inside it’s border with Chambers County.
I included the line “[Stephen T Heard had a distant cousin Richard Kent Heard who was born in Abbeville, South Carolina in 1830, but more about him in a moment.] ” Actually I’ll save this until ‘part 2’.   To tell this story I needed to establish Dudleyville in relation to Chambers County.  Can we use our DNA cousins to tie to together the genealogy as well as the Geography?
Here we are in part 2.
As a reminder, from interviews with a daughter of Uncle Sandy in our line, in my notes is the item, “She had understood that Wes Heard had lived in the area of Tallapoosa before moving to “Greenwood” then Lanett.  ”  We infer Wes arrived there sometime after being recorded in the 1870 census living in Georgia next to S.T. Heard, cousin to R.K. Heard.
Let me continue the story line quoting from some correspondence with DNA cousin Maurice:
(Cousin Maurice’s reference to his great grandmother, she…) was Leola Heard, and Earnest was Leola’s father. So, Earnest is my 2nd great grandfather and Albert would have been my 2nd great uncle. It seems that (DNA cousin) Robert and my granddad are 2nd cousins and Cousin Anna is my great grandmom’s 1st cousin.

I’ve heard almost an exact description of Papa Fotch (Earnest) as Uncle Albert. I was told that he was a tall, fair-skinned man with straight black hair.

My great grandmother (his daughter) was also very fair-skinned, with long wavy hair. There’s a photo of her on my tree.

… I do have a photo of two of Earnest’s other children (Lillie Belle and Floyd) though.

Papa Fotch was born in Dudleyville, AL and moved …

Dudleyville is on the western edge of Tallapoosa county, bordering on Chambers County.
I’m revisiting this research, and connections to Heard cousins, per recent contact from a descendant of Richard Kent Heard.
Note Lydia Heard, and R.K. Heard are on the following page of the 1866 Alabama census.
Lydia Heard 1866 img328
Patsey Heard is included on the page below.
Patsey Heard 1866 img404
Here are notes I saved to my tree per my analysis of the above:
The purpose of the above was to correlate a page with a set of names on the Whites only 1866 Alabama State Census, picking the page which included Lydia Heard, and the Colored 1866 Alabama State Census using the page that included Patsey Heard. Near Lydia on the white page was R K Heard (her son Richard Kent Heard). The thought behind this is the above is the first post emancipation document that would likely list the household in an order very close to that which existed pre-emancipation. The expectation would be surnames on the Colored page would have a correlation with the names on the white page. The following names appear near the Heard surnames on both the whites only and colored pages referenced.
Heard, Smith, Berry, Henderson, Brooks
It would appear there is sufficient correlation with these sets of families to infer they lived in proximity to each other, and those on the Colored page likely were enslaved by and associated with the white families with corresponding surnames. The proximity of Richard Kent Heard to Patsey Heard supports the finding of others who report Patsey had children fathered by Richard Kent Heard.  One of these children, Raliegh Pig Heard has the following death record:
Birth Date abt 1876
Birth Place Tallapoosa
Death Date 12 Mar
Death Place Camp Hill, Tallapoosa, Alabama
Burial Date 13 Mar 1926
Burial Place Oziah Church
Death Age 50
Occupation Farmer
Race Black
Marital Status Married
Gender Male
Father Name Dick Heard
Father Birth Place Alabama
Mother Name Patsy Heard
Spouse Name Francis Heard
FHL Film Number 1908280

Earnest Fotch Heard, nephew of Raliegh Pig Heard has the following pedigree.  (Note we have at least two DNA cousins that go back to Richard Kent Heard and Patsey.)

Earnest Fotch Heard

But what do I make of the surnames surrounding Lydia, R.K., and Patsey and their appearance around our kin found in Chambers County?


The Map of Alabama and Our Family Pt1

Where my mind’s at this morning, is thinking through how the different branches of our family intersected, and where.  The anchor in my mind of our families is the group of folks we find in Chambers County, Alabama from the 1870’s on leading to the marriage of Joe Heard and Ruth Lucille Whitaker.

1810 Alabama and Our Family

Of course the timeline for our ancestors goes back to the beginning of time, but let me use the year 1810 for this exercise.  1810 is the approximate year of birth for Major Bailey, one of the first ancestors we were able to find pre-emancipation records for.  1810 was only 7 years after the Louisiana Purchase.  There was no such thing as Chambers County.  There was no such thing as Alabama.  These lands to later be the home of our family were at that time designated as Creek Lands in the Mississippi Territory.

In our Heard line we don’t pick up the trail until more than 50 years later when we see our Wess Heard in the 1870 Census.  He is a mere 17 at the time.  The circumstances of the 1870 Census lead us to believe he and his family had been laboring for Stephen T. Heard, son of Carroll Barnard Heard, who was son of Governor Heard. [Stephen T Heard had a distant cousin Richard Kent Heard who was born in Abbeville, South Carolina in 1830, but more about him in a moment.]  Wess Heard and family are in Dooley County, Georgia in 1870.  We don’t pick up Mattie Allen, for sure, until after her marriage to Wess Heard, though we believe she is in the household of Minnie Heard in the 1880 Census in Murray County, Georgia.

Over on the Huguley-Whitaker side of things, we have Frank Huguley born about 1845.  The 1870 and 1880 censuses are in conflict as to whether he was born in Georgia or Alabama.  In my earlier discussion of the 1866 Alabama State Census for Chambers County,  as compared to the 1870 census, I point out one of Frank’s neighbors: ” W.H. Huguley (white) is William Henderson Huguley, son of George Huguley (white) in the 1866 census excerpt discussed above.”  In my research in to Hezekiah F Erwin (documented in another entry), I had found, in the documentation of an Alabama Supreme Court case, “Wyche S. Jackson, administrator of Hezekiah F. Erwin, was the son-in-law of George Huguley and brother in law to W. H. Huguley and Reuben Jones. They were at the time of signing the bond all men of wealth.”  Elsewhere I’ve discussed the Erwin, Winston and other connections as it relates to our relatives Major Bailey and Susan Jackson. Perhaps when our Carrie Bailey (granddaughter of Major and Susan) married Stonewall Huguley AKA Whitaker it was the culmination of multi-generational connections. Based on the geography of George living next to Frank, and the accumulation of DNA cousins leading back to the same lines, George Huguley is the chief candidate as father to Frank Huguley.  Even if the relationship was only one of servitude, the migration pattern of George would be important in understanding the roots of our kin.

While looking for biographical information on George Huguley I came across these two offerings.

Comments on Geo Whitfield Huguley by Thad Huguley: George Huguley married Mary “Polly” Dallis in Lincoln County, Georgia, on June 7, 1827. Around 1833, they uprooted and moved the family to Troup County, Georgia. He then moved to “New Alabama,” as recently opened territory across the Chattahoochee River was called, and he settled in Chambers County in what we now know as Huguley, Alabama. In 1866, he built the first cotton mill in Chambers County, which was the beginning of what would become West Point Pepperell. Polly was only 39 when she died in childbirth, but in that short time she gave birth to 11 children…
More information on George Huguley can be found here:
Above I showed an Alabama map from 1810.  That map and the following are from:
I want to return to the discussion of the map of Alabama, and what was it like when our earliest traced ancestors arrived.  From the above we know that George Huguley  came to “New Alabama” shortly after 1833. (Perhaps 12 years prior to the birth of our Frank.)
1831-1832 Map of Alabama
What the above map illustrates is that in 1831 in the middle of the state and extending to the eastern boundary of Georgia were three large counties: St. Clair County at the top of the three, then Shelby County, and the most southern of the three was Montgomery County.
In 1832 this eastern portion of Alabama underwent many changes.
1832 Alabama Map Changes
Among the newly created counties was Chambers and Tallapoosa on it’s western border.  Just south of these two were Macon and Russell counties.   As I accumulate records and try to understand the roots of our family, I’m left to wonder when I find the same surnames across these counties just named, are they all of the same root families?  When you see it in these maps, all these counties of interest bordering one another, that we might have the same families spread-out is very plausible.  But later as more counties are formed and the originals subdivided it perhaps suggests the illusion that they are now farther apart.
1839-1840 Map of Alabama
1843-1846 Map of Alabama
1866 Alabama Map
The 1866 map to my eyes just looks more clustered than a look back to the 1831 map. The map of “our” part of Alabama was pretty stable between 1846 and 1866 when Lee County was inserted between Chambers and Russell, among other changes.
What started me on this journey of looking at maps of Alabama and wondering if certain counties were close to one another at one time, was a search for the roots of our Heard line.
In my notes from an interview with a niece of our Joe Heard was the following piece of information, “She confirmed Grandma Mattie had lived with her family after the passing of Wes Heard.  She had understood that Wes Heard had lived in the area of Tallapoosa before moving to “Greenwood” then Lanett.
Dudleyville The map shown here is from wikipedia.  When looking at the eastern border of Alabama, it’s easy to spot Russell County with its little triangle pointing eastward.  Above Russell is Lee, above Lee is Chambers.  West of Chambers is Tallapoosa, and as illustrated, Dudleyville is in Tallapoosa barely inside it’s border with Chambers County.
Above I included the line “[Stephen T Heard had a distant cousin Richard Kent Heard who was born in Abbeville, South Carolina in 1830, but more about him in a moment.] ” Actually I’ll save this until ‘part 2’.  To tell this story I needed to establish Dudleyville in relation to Chambers County.  Can we use our DNA cousins to tie to together the genealogy as well as the Geography?

Howdy Neighbor

This morning our distant cousin Kenneth Burton sent me photo copies from a couple of pages in a book on the Jacob Burton family of Chambers County, Alabama.  Kenneth has done  a lot of work on this line and his sharing has been invaluable.  It is through his work we know of our furthest back African American ancestor, Harry Burton born about 1796.

As that sinks in to me, we can confidently make the following inference.  As the 1848 document is similar to the 1864 version (full analysis is pending) we know that Harry and Rosa were associated with the family well before the 1840 census, accounting for Jacob’s knowledge of the families, spouses and children, of those he enslaved.  A quick look at the 1840 census and the information about those held as slaves we see the following:

Slaves – Males – Under 10: 6
Slaves – Males – 10 thru 23: 4
Slaves – Males – 36 thru 54: 1
Slaves – Females – Under 10: 8
Slaves – Females – 10 thru 23: 5
Slaves – Females – 24 thru 35: 3

Harry was listed as being 54 years old in 1848. That would correlate as being 46 years old in 1840. The one male 36 – 54 is therefore Harry. Our understanding is that Rosa was born about 1805, and she would be one of the females aged 24-35 in 1840.  We can state with confidence, nearly 25 years before the news of emancipation reached them, we *know* where Harry and Rosa were.

That’s sinking in, I can tell my grandkids of their ancestors on this line going back 8 generations – themselves, their dad, Poppa, Big Grandma, her mother Ruth, “Grandma Carrie” as referred to by their great grandmother, Carrie’s mother Harriet, to her father Jeff Burton, to his parents Harry and Rosa, residents of Chambers County, Alabama in 1840.

From the 1848 version of the will we know the family they were surrounded by, including the kin that didn’t share their bloodlines.

Jacob Burton 1848 WillJacob Burton 1848 Will page 2

But it hit me this morning, we know more about the relationships they were forming outside of those enslaved by Jacob Burton.  I hadn’t realized before this morning, on the 1850 Federal Census, in consecutively numbered households, we have Thomas B Erwin and Jacob Burton.  We know Thomas as brother of Hezikiah F Erwin, and wife Elizabeth Owen as daughter of Robert Owen.  We know these families were neighbors and by implication those they enslaved were living nearby as neighbors.

Thomas B Erwin 1850Jacob Burton 1850

As of 1850, how many people were enslaved by these families, at the Chambers County, Alabama location? How many of our DNA cousins, at this late date, can be tracked back to these sets of families?

I reviewed the 1850 “Slave Census” for Chambers County.  In 1850 we see Thomas B Erwin is associated with 45 people held as slaves.  For Jacob Burton we see 36 people were held as slaves (appearing just below Thomas B Erwin).

What more can we learn of the lives of our kin in the 1850’s, 1840’s and earlier?