This may be difficult to follow but here goes. Unity Wooten shows up as a 63 year old widow in the 1860 Census for Oktibbeha County MS. The census itself indicates that she is living dwelling 361 while Elixabeth is living in dwelling 359. Dwelling 360 is unoccupied. Dwelling 358 is occupied by John W. Gilbert and Family. One of the Gilbert Family's sons, Thomas, is listed as living in Unity Wooten's Household. I believe the Gilbert Family may have had an association with the Wooten Family as far back as North Carolina. After the war, there was apparently some very heavy handed siezures of property going on. Those Gilberts that were not killed outright by 1889 had all relocated to Texas. John W. Senior and his son John Jr. are buried in Clay/Old Oktibbeha County but even John Junior's wife moved to Texas with her children.
Most of the Gilberts moved to the Grand Prairie/Arlington area though the migration path travels through Hill County, Kaufman County, Dallas County, Tarrant County, and Antelope County. If anyone has researched and perhaps found the grave of Unity Wooten I woul like to ask for help in seeing if any of the Gilberts were buried nearby. I also would look forward to sharing any infomration I have on the Gilberts, which is fairly extensive from the beginning of the war on to this day.
My interest is Thomas Price who owned property around what is currently known as Waddell Mississippi, just East of Pheba. He would have been South and West of where I believe the Gilberts and Wootens lived. His youngest son married Laurania Gilbert. Both Thomas and his son Daniel were murdered by a combination of Yankee Occupiers and Agents of the Illinois Railroad forcing them off their land. I believe Laurania was fleeing this violence as were many others. I believe that the Wootens and their closest family association are also closely linked with the Gilberts and perhaps the Prices. I can be reached at wrprice @ verizon.net (remove the spaces) if you are interested or have any information to share.
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