Looking for information on former slave (Jeff Bailey) who migrated to Midway, Texas in 1880, a widow, with five children, from the "Hugh Hayes" plantation in Madison County. I've located him in the 1880 Census. Would a former slave been enumerated in the 1870 Census?
Hayes (spelled Haze) has been located in a 1870 Census in Madison County along with his wife and year old son. Hugh Lawson Hayes (b. 1848), son of Patrick Lawson Hayes inherited Seven Oaks Plantation from his father. Seven Oaks was established in 1838 between Midway and the Trinity River. It was a 7000 acre plantation that supported 300+ people until 1903 when it was broken up.
Hayes married Susan Margaret Goree (b. 1848), daughter of
Sarah Kittrell Goree and Robert Langston Goree. Sarah Kittrell was the daughter of Dr. Pleasant Kitrell, personal physician to Sam Houston. Susan and Robert purchased Raven Hill Plantation from Sam Houston in 1858. I've found the Goree children in 1855 School Census records in District 3.
I keep thinking if I can track the white folk, I will ultimately find documentation on my ancestor, a former slave, and his possible county of origination in Georgia. Any suggestions where to focus my search with the information I currently have?
Thanks for any assistance you may provide.
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