HELP! I am searching for some extant records that would reflect the Flat Lick Bayou area residents pre-1830 Census for Claiborne Parish, Louisiana.
It appears that Rev. William Stevenson, "Father of Methodism" in Arkansas brought a group (+/- 40 families) from the Mound Prairie area of Hempstead County, Arkansas to NW Arkansas in or around the Flat Lick Bayou area.
This migration occurred in 1825 or 1826. I noted from some history of this area that the appearance of slaves is dated from 1826, The exodus from Hempstead County, Arkansas is credited to have been precipitated by a schism between the local Methodists over ownership of slaves.
We believe our William Robinson family was one of those "followers". Upon sworn oath required to obtain land in Montgomery County, Texas he stated that he "entered Texas"
on December 24, 1829. . .and the family does NOT appear on the 1830 Census of Claiborne Parish.
There are several other families who also do NOT appear on that 1830 census, but DO appear on East Texas records prior to 1830, i.e. Ground and Roberts.
I have been to this area searching, but the answer is always "the courthouse burned". I even went to Centenary College looking for early Louisiana Methodism records.
Veteran researchers. . .What records might be available...and where are they?
Thank you in advance for your time and attention to my request for information.
William & Elizabeth Robinson Family Assn.
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