I am direct descendant of Charlie Toombs; he is my great-grandfather on my paternal side. I don't know much about Adeline Wade. All of the information I gleaned is from a Freedman's Bank record and a slave schedule. If you have more information on how you found out Adeline had two children with Dr. Robert Ezekiel Toombs, I would love to know more.
Wow so great to hear from another family member!
I have seen the freedman's bank record and I have estate settlement papers showing legacy to James Toombs when the General died. I did not know about Charlie until the freedman's records and a gentleman I found on Ancestry that has done his family research with the help of hiring someone at ancestry. He thinks the General is Charlie's father, but from dates and locations and knowing that the nephew is father to James I think it is a better bet that the nephew is also Charlie's father.
Adeline is a mystery to me. I am looking to see if she was possibly owned by the nephew's grandmother (General's mother) Catherine Toombs. She was widowed and lived about 6 miles from the General's house. I would think if the General was in Washington DC and the nephew was in town here in Washington Ga that he would either be staying at the Generals house alone or out with his Grandmother. I don't find the name Adeline in any letters from the General or records here, he was a great letter writer and always mentioned some of the enslaved and later freedman in his letters. I do see a Charity that was left money in the General's will and that is the name of Adeline's daughter Charity Wade. So wondering if Charity is the same girl. She is not mentioned before 1880 here at the house so thinking this must be the sister and needing work when the Wade family moved here. I also know where Adeline and her Wade family were living while here in 1880s.
Would love to know if Charlie was born here. If he lived at this house. I can see Adeline's husband is from the Mitchell Co. Area and the family lived there in 1870s and that Charlie moved back. The man I spoke to said the General set Charlie up with land and schooling I think. I know he was very kind to many of the former slaves and did help set them up after freedom. I also know he sent his nephew to Stewart Co. Ga when he finished medical school and gave him a plantation there. I have a photo of Charlie and his wife.
Wish I had one of James! Did you know James went into war with the General? Please keep in contact and if ever in Washington, Ga I invite you to tour the house (for free) and look at the research I am doing. I hope to one day have a building here on the grounds dedicated to the lives of the enslaved here. I would also love to have any information you may have on Charlie and Adeline and possibly Charity. I am trying to look into the Mitchell Co., Connection. Wondering if she was sent to that area by her owner or Toombs? He did own land in a neighboring county. Also would love more about what Charlie did and where he lived. Seems odd that James would stay here and was enslaved (or was he free) here and kept on working here for 20 years after freedom and there is no mention I can find of Charlie.
Thanks so much for this information! This is all fascinating! You may have spoken to my cousin Greg. I discovered Charlie Toombs and that branch of my family thanks to an Ancestry DNA test. From what I heard, Charlie Toombs was a farmer and owned quite a bit of land in Mitchell County (I found a property digest from the late 1880s). I'll certainly keep in touch. My family and I will probably be in Georgia next summer for a family reunion; we would love to visit the house. I can also put you in contact with another relative who may have more information on Charlie.
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Thank you for all the links! I start looking into those today!
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