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Re: New Orleans - Sugar Plantation slaves Help Please
Posted by: debbie (ID *****0998) Date: August 30, 2013 at 19:53:15
In Reply to: Re: New Orleans - Sugar Plantation slaves Help Please by Sandra Stephens of 3478

Thanks Sandra

Generally the very few African people who where here back then worked on the ships. There were deserters who worked on ships that were Indian, African and Arab etc. The colony of South Australia was a small colony of British people and a few German people established in 1836 and so a small population was here at the time. No convicts were sent here.

According to newspapers Frederick Christopher(son) seemed to appear around 1854. He was a persistant vagrant who did not want to work and begged for years. He was put in prison many times as he was annoying the community and one report said he targeted single women, asking for money not food. He could speak english well it appears although he refused to tell authorities which ship he arrived on and when, probably because he didn't want to go back to where he came from. One report said he was from New Orleans and previously worked as a sugar plantantion hand. There were no sugar plantations here. His prison record has a good description of him and states he was probably a slave. I was wondering if there were any Christopher(son)s in New Orleans around 1840/50. I have no idea how big New Orleans was then.

I am not experienced in American genealogy and not sure what I can research online so any help is very much appreciated.


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