States: Mississippi: Oktibbeha
From Lorrie Anderson: Emmett Wellington Wood is my Great Grandfather's (Billy Wood) brother. I first find Malisa Douglass in the 1870 US Census in Mississippi where she is living alone as a 16 year old mulato working as a domestic servant. I believe this house to be on the property of John W. Douglass where she was the servant working in his home. John W. Douglass was a farmer who owned slaves in 1860 and probably earlier than that. She would have been born about 1854 same as Wellington Wood, Jr. in order to be 16 years old in the 1870 Census. I believe she was born into slavery. Since the Slave Schedules do not identify names, only gender, age, and ethnicity I have not been able to determine who her parents are. If she was owned by John W. Douglass in 1860 she would have been listed as 6 years old. The 1860 Slave Schedule indicates that he owned an 8 year old mulato female slave among others. This is pretty close to her age. All the slaves were freed with the civil war so there are no slave schedules after 1860. In the 1870 census she was living near Wellington Wood Sr.'s farm as shown on the previous page of the census records. I believe she would have possibly known who Wellington. Jr. was from birth.
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