States: Mississippi: Attala
Adam Foster, age 20-30, and apparently unmarried, is the very last name on the 1840 Attala Co. census. He is listed as white, but all of his immediate neighbors are Choctaw Indians. The fact that Indians are enumerated on this census and listed as free blacks came as quite a surprise to me. I have seen a few individual Indians listed on other censuses, but it was a very rare practice, and to see so many in one county was a revelation. Does anyone know who this Adam Foster was? He, along with most of the Choctaws in Attala Co., are gone by 1850. Did he accompany them to the Indian Territory? And how does Adam relate to the Emily Foster aged 15, b. Mississippi and Margaret Foster aged one year, b. Texas who are on the Rusk Co., Texas census? They were living in the household of James Simmons who moved to Texas from Attala Co. in the 1850s. I am particularly interested in this Foster-Simmons relationship and would like to hear from anyone with ties to Attala and Winston Co., Mississippi who knows anything about these families.
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