Timeline - my Lindsays were brought to TX as slaves - both stating in 1867, they'd been in the state and county for 15 years. This puts them there in 1852. I have canvassed possible slave owners (based on assumed ages as of 1860 schedules) and have narrowed it down to 3 families (Lindsays, Dancys and Ligons - of which the only families who arrived in 1852 were the Ligons). I know that my g-grandmother (Lucy) and her parents were owned by the estate of Thomas J. Rabb and I believe she (Lucy) and her mother (Hannah) came to TX in the winter of 1846 with James W. Stewart (to Matagorda Cnty) and I think it's safe to say they belonged to either Stewart or John Thorp (Matagorda Cnty - Thorp was married to Stewart's sister). It appears they were used to pay for a land purchase, which John Thorp made with TJ Rabb (before Rabb died), but paid off after his death and then conveyed that land to Stewart.
After freedom (1870 census), my g-grandfather and his family, along with his wife's (Lucy) mother and her husband (Hannah and Charles), were ennumerated living next to Lucy Dancy, widow of JWS Dancy (and I suspect tenant farming for her, although, I have found no contract listed between she and my family, while there are several between her and other tenant farmers on her land; Willis and his family were ennumerated in Neese's Store (Warrenton) - the area where some of the Ligons were entrenched (one of the Ligon son's started the community and it takes his name) and several of Willis kids were born there in Warrenton.
By 1880, both these families were cooperatively farming on land which my g-grandfather was buying.
By 1882, Willis and some of his family had moved to Austin, g-grandfather had reconveyed the land back to the man he was buying it from and seems to have died sometime around 1887. Willis stayed in Austin with one of his daughters and died there in 1919. Others of his kids went to CA, LA, AR (where my branch went) and others stayed in LaGrange.
Granison's branch migrated to Ft Worth, Houston, and Ft. Bend County in TX; to AR (1906); and some stayed in LaGrange.
I am still attempting to find wills and deeds for the Ligon clans (Ligon and Eans and associated families) which would name slaves, in hopes of finding the names of those whom they brought with them from Virginia in 1852. I have seen the diary ("Daybook from VA to TX by Land") that the Eans daughter wrote; I have reviewed "Southside VA Genealogies", and cross referenced this with "The Ligon Family Connections" and collected quite a bit of info. I need to search - in VA - for documents referenced in "Southside" which are catalogued but do not appear or are only presented as "the high points" which generally do not include slave names.
Anything which will help to document who owned my relatives, and where they originally came from (in KY and before that probably VA) is my ultimate goal in this exercise.
I know the above is rather longwinded, but it represents a good overview of what I have covered and what I know to date.
Thanks for your offer to help.
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