2 Replies Latest reply on Nov 18, 2020 2:12 PM by Cara Jensen

    Seeking slave owners in Wilcox County

    Sharise Smith Newbie

      I am looking for slave owners in Wilcox County, Alabama. Such as Bennett plantation near Catherine and Prairie Bluff; Diamond Plantation near Dallas County possibly; Taylor/Craig slave owners in Dallas County; and records for Freedman schools, Miller institute, In Wilcox County. Thank you

        • Re: Seeking slave owners in Wilcox County
          Susannah Brooks Scout

          According to the 1860 federal slave schedule there were 5 slave owners named Taylor and 11 named Craig in Dallas County, AL. https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/7668/

          In 1850 there were 7 slave owners named Taylor and 11 named Craig in Dallas County, AL.  https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/8055/

          These are the only two years that a federal census of slave owners were done. (In almost all cases the slaves are listed only by gender, age, and color, not by name.)

          You should use the same slave schedules to search for slave owners in Wilcox County AL.

          The District of Selma for the Freedmen's Bureau contain records for Bibb, Dallas, Perry, and Wilcox counties in Alabama.  Click on "Selma" on this page to obtain a list of the microfilm of records from the Selma office, and then click on the microfilm you want to view it on familysearch.org (free site, but you will need to sign up for a username and password).

          • Re: Seeking slave owners in Wilcox County
            Cara Jensen Scout

            Dear Ms. Smith,

             

            Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

             

            In addition to the previous poster’s information, we searched the National Archives Catalog and located a series titled the National Register of Historic Places and National Historic Landmarks Program Records, 2013 - 2017 in the Records of the National Park Service (Record Group 79) that includes a file unit titled National Register of Historic Places and National Historic Landmarks Program Records: Alabama with 20 digitized items referencing “Wilcox and Plantations”.  The digitized items are available via the Catalog. 

             

            We also located 11 series in the Records of the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands (Record Group 105) pertaining to Alabama and schools. The Records of Superintendents of Education for Alabama are available as National Archives Microfilm Publication No. M810 and the Alabama Field Offices are available as Microfilm Publication No. M1900. For access to these series, M810, and M1900, please contact the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) via email at archives1reference@nara.gov.

             

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            We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!