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AA people in McLennan county in the 1880s

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AA people in McLennan county in the 1880s

Posted: 1390116906000
Classification: Query
Hi. I'm looking for descendants of my relatives and their neighbors in hopes of finding out more about the roots of the Jeffrey family, possibly even tracing them back to the CW days. Perhaps the neighbors came from the same plantation, perhaps they were relatives. I've traced them to Susan Jeffrey(b 1850) who m. Martin Sprigg or Spriggs May 8, 1880 (fr/familysearch). She had 3 children who migrated to OK in the early 1900s: Jim Jeffrey (b abt 1865), Rotha Shelton(b abt 1875), and Tom Shelton(b. abt 1877). Oral history explains that one brother took the name of the owners family and the other did not. I don't know which is which yet (but suspect that the Sheltons were the plantation owners who brought my relatives to Texas.) In 1880, they were enumerated as Sprigg(s) on 2 separate censuses. They were listed as having a brother: Monroe Spriggs (b abt 1866) and a baby sister Melissa (b 1880.) Susan and Monroe and Melissa don't appear anywhere else, but Martin Sprigs appears to live as a widower in Waco; the kids go on to Wagoner county OK together with spouses and children. There was a neighbor named Henry Shelton (b. 1835) and his wife Dilsey/Zilkhia, and children : Ella, John, Florina, and Sarah (or Ora, John, B and Caye, depending upon which 1880 census you look at for McLennan county since they, too, are enumerated twice.) Other neighbors surnames are Williams, Harris, and Bolling, Lewis, Bynum, Anderson, Willis, Smith and Carter. (The other census has the neighbors as Bawdlia, Watson, Shillman, Lewis, Cobbs, and Little.) Shillman/Shelton seem to match up, Bawdlia/Bolling, Lewises seem to be the same... as well as *my* Spriggs... I'm hoping somehow we can help each other break through some barriers to African American research in McLennan county.
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