Third Inventory of Wiley Turner’s Estate -1858.

Wiley Turner died in 1851 in Lowndes County Alabama. The first inventory of his personal property, including those enslaved on his plantation, took place in 1852. You can see a list of names, ages and “values” in this post – Joe Turner in the 1852 Estate File of Wiley Turner.  The second inventory was taken … Continue reading Third Inventory of Wiley Turner’s Estate -1858.

Second Inventory of Wiley Turner’s Estate – 1856

Wiley Turner died in 1851 in Lowndes County Alabama. The first inventory of his personal property, including those enslaved on his plantation, took place in 1852. You can see a list of names, ages and “value” in this post – Joe Turner in the 1852 Estate File of Wiley Turner. The second inventory was taken … Continue reading Second Inventory of Wiley Turner’s Estate – 1856

Two Coffins Betsy and Austin – 1859, Estate of Wiley Turner

Betsy was about 26 years old when she was listed with her daughter Caroline in the inventory of the estate of Wiley Turner. It was February 2, 1852. Betsy and Caroline were valued at $800.00. On the list below them were eight year old Phillis ($375) and three year old Peggy ($225). They seem to … Continue reading Two Coffins Betsy and Austin – 1859, Estate of Wiley Turner

Enslaved & Freed Turners from the Wiley Turner Plantation

For the past week I have been immersed in the Turners who came off of Wiley Turner’s plantation in Lowndes County Alabama.  My 2X great grandfather, Joe Turner, came off of that plantation.  Wiley Turner died in 1851 without a Will and so his estate was probated. The case dragged on for twenty years. There … Continue reading Enslaved & Freed Turners from the Wiley Turner Plantation

Joseph Turner’s Will

While looking for a death record on Ancestry for Elizabeth Turner, daughter of Joseph and Luella Turner, instead I found the Will of her father, my 2X great grandfather, Joseph Turner of Lowndes County, Alabama.  I had looked for his Will before without finding it.  Below are the Will and a transcription. Will of Joseph … Continue reading Joseph Turner’s Will

Lowndes County Negroes Make Fine Showing – 1918

Several months ago I spent hours at the local Family Search Center looking through microfilmed property records trying to figure out how my 2X great grandfather, Joseph Turner became a land owner.  The only thing I found out was that he bought and sold some lots in Hayneville. I found nothing about the land he … Continue reading Lowndes County Negroes Make Fine Showing – 1918

Daniel Freeman – 1861 – 1923 Lowndes and Montgomery, Alabama

Daniel Freeman, the father of Joseph Turner’s second wife, Luella Freeman, was a man of mystery.  I cannot find him in a single census, luckily he appears in other records.  I found myself disappearing down his family lines (which are not even my blood lines)  as I tried to get a feel for his life. … Continue reading Daniel Freeman – 1861 – 1923 Lowndes and Montgomery, Alabama

No Longer Enslaved

Reading the post Freedom’s faces on the blog Scuffalong:Genealogy, reminded me of a post I did several years ago about my enslaved ancestors who were born into slavery and lived to be free. I am reposting it today, as I take a one day break from following the life of formerly enslaved Thomas Allen and … Continue reading No Longer Enslaved

“There were at one time 4 flourishing schools in this county.” 1868 Hayneville, AL

You can see all 13 sheets in the file on Family Search at this link, Alabama, Freedmen’s Bureau in Hayneville, Alabama.  You can enlarge both of the images above by clicking on them. My 2X great grandfather, Joe Turner was enumerated in the 1866 Alabama State census with his family of five living in Lowndes … Continue reading “There were at one time 4 flourishing schools in this county.” 1868 Hayneville, AL

Louis Cleage & Family – 1880

In 1880 my great grandfather Louis Cleage was 28.  His wife Celia (Rice) Cleage was 24. They were farming in Loudon County Tennessee. They had been married for 8 years and were the parents of four children – 7 year old Josie, 5 year old Jacob, 3 year old Henry and 1 year old Edward.  … Continue reading Louis Cleage & Family – 1880