If you are familiar at all with Monroe:
3 or 4 miles east of Monroe is the junction of Highway 80 and Millhaven Road. This was where the Colony was. There is the remains of a cemetery there and when I stomped it (in the dead of winter mind you, I don't like snakes) all the stones (approximately 20 or 25) were broken beyond any hopes of reading them. I found one partial stone that had the last name of HARE. The Hares were plentiful in the Swartz/Millhave area.
I chase the families of BURNEY and TARVER. According to my 90 year old grandfather, the colony was the name used to designate a group of people who "followed the sawmills." I did know that my great great grandfather worked at a sawmill. This bunch of families was also located in Richland Parish (whereabouts beats me) at one time between 1880 and 1890 but just for a short time. At some point, the Colony also moved to a location several miles east and north of the Highway 80 junction. The road closest to that location is called Sonny Day Road (the present name). My grandfather said the roads in those days were "nothing but not-very-good trails."
As for your names, we have a WILLSON who married the Tarver. She was Lavicy and her father was Robert of LaSalle Parish, Louisiana. I knew some Morrisons in Swartz - they were Ed and Marie (I believe SCARF was her maiden name)Morrison. Mr. Morrison has gone to his reward but Mrs. Marie is still with us.
It's been nice to meet you!
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