Hi! Dean -
I realize that the tax lists are incomplete and the census records have been partially, if not wholly, lost. So, I'm trying to think through every thing that I get hold of and compare it to other information that I have in collateral lines. And I'm totally willing to let it go when something else takes it's place. That's been happening a lot in the last few months.
The Amite County Book is called officially, "Amite County, Mississippi Volume IV, Environs, Land Plats, Florida Parishes of Louisiana; and Settlers, Louisiana-Mississippi-Missouri Maps", by Albert E. Casey, AB, MD, with introduction and notes by Powell A. Casey, AB, LLB, Published and Bound Privately for the Amite and Knocknagree Historical Fund, 2011 Southwood Road, Birmingham, Alabama.
In it he talks about Nimrod Taylor and lists his son as Thomas Taylor who married Hannah Talbert. This is not the case. Thomas Taylor who married Hannah Talbert was not his son and they only had 4 girls. We have since proved that Thomas B. Taylor is the son of Nimrod Taylor by a petition to the court in East Feliciana Parish, LA by William Taylor, Thomas B.'s brother asking the court to decide the outcome of the estate because Nimrod and his second wife, Phoebe, had died. The petition lists all the living descendants and where they lived. At the time, Thomas B. Taylor was living in Nacogdoches, TX and that's where William said he was. We are wishing we could correct all of Casey's mistakes which have flooded the internet and various records. I just read one today on the Taylor Forum about the Talbert mistake that I'm going to have to respond to.
Anyway, Amite County was included in the total Mississippi Territory which also included the West Florida Counties. And how this book wound up in a Lake Charles Gen Library is beyond me. It was by chance that I found it. It was in the Mississippi Section but it has mostly LA material in it. The books pages are the old "ditto" machine, blue ink, typed on a typwriter. And he incorporated xerox copies of the maps. There is even one I ran across showing his hand holding down the map on the xerox machine. Much like your image you sent me by email - except it was black and white. Technology! Actually, all they did was gather up a lot of information and bound it in book form.
The references to Amite County, Mississippi, as we know it today, are not reflected very much. For instance, the rumor was that my ancestor Sarah Ann Taylor was born in Amite, Co., Mississippi in 1829. So I saw the Amite County, MS books and decided to check it out. Later I found out that Sarah was born in Hinds Co., MS, not Amite. Somebody had given me the Amite misinformation years ago. Once I got started looking in these volumes (4 total), I found out about all the West Florida Counties and most anything else you can think of. Volume 2 is about the churches and that's where I found Sarah Ann. She went to church at New Providence Baptist Church. Nimrod Taylor II belonged to Line Creek Baptist Church as did Cicero Taylor, Scipio Taylor, and David Taylor. Cicero and Scipio are David Daniel's sons. I don't know who this Nimrod belongs to. They joined the church in 1852. This is the new generation, actually the grandchildren of Nimrod and his brothers. I didn't look for any Brewers in the church book. I will later. Line Creek Baptist Church was on the state line between St. Helena Parish, LA and Amite Co., MS. They built another church much later and put it into LA by about 100 yards.
Anyway, after getting into this book, I found these great maps and records of land grants. As for Spanish land grants in Louisiana, our people didn't have them. All of the original grant maps for LA are in Baton Rouge. As for the ones in Amite County - I don't think so because the county was situated above the border of West Florida.
I hope I got this answered! It was a long time ago that I started it!
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