States: Texas: Trinity
Joseph Willis was born to Agerton Willis between 1755-1764 in Bladen Co., NC. When Agerton died, he left a will dated Oct. 1777 giving Joseph his 3200 acres and his freedom. Since his mother was an Indian slave, Joseph was also considered a slave. His uncle Daniel fought this will and Daniel's son later tried to free his cousin appearing in court three times. The third time set Joseph free in 1787 but by then the land had been divided between family members leaving Joseph with about 320 acres. He sold the land and left North Carolina where he migrated first to South Carolina, then onto Mississipp and finally dying September 14th, 1854 in Oakdale, Allen Parish, Louisiana. He is buried in Occupy Baptist Church Cemetery. There is a marker on his grave. I'm supposing there are court documents to document these events. Supposedly Joseph married four women during his lifetime and fathered 19 children. Joseph is listed in the 1790 Cheraws District South Carolina Census and the 1830 & 1850 Rapides Parish, LA Census.
If you go back to these dates and areas, you will see many of the Trinity County surnames listed as well. Many are listed as white, non-white, free colored persons whatever.
I think the Redbone thing is more than a theory. There are other books besides the two I mentioned. This is a long and complicated discussion. There are documents. I'm not sure what it is you're trying to find out but I hope with research, you are able to find the answers you are looking for.
Notify Administrator about this message?