I believe that some of my slave ancestors, their family and friends, migrated to Texas with some of the Stoneham family from Conecuh County, Alabama. The first known Stoneham to migrate to Texas was William who received a large headright grant in the Denton/Red River area. He may have had some dealings with S.A. Venters in neighboring Denton County. William came into the Red River area around 1832 and is on the federal census for that county in 1840.
The second Stoneham migration into Texas was circa 1844, when George Stoneham, brother of William migrated into the Grimes/Montgomery County, area. And finally their mother,90 year old Jane Dillard Stoneham and the remainder of the Alabama Stonehams arrived circa 1845. The Stonehams purchased land from Margaret McIntyre in Grimes County.
The Stonehams originated in Virginia and left at the turn of the 19th century when they moved to Jackson County, Georgia. After th death of the father Henry John Stoneham--the sons started moving into Brooklyn, Conecuh County, Ala.
The African Americans we think traveled with them as slaves have the same pattern. The older folks in 1870 were Virginians by birth, with later Georgia and Alabama births. Our great grandmother remembered her folks saying that they traveled overland as part of a large group of slaves--many of whom were related. After slavery ended, many of this same group of folks left Grimes County, a substantial number of them moving to Parsons, Kansas. Among that group were, Bowen, Venters, Browns, Teagues, Rigsbys, Kinneys and others. Some who didn't make it to Kansas, moved in the late 1880's to Denton/Red River and Milam Counties, where we know there were still members of the Stoneham family living, perhaps to join other relatives. We know that many of our folks served as slaves on the McIntrye Plantation--possibly the on purchased by the Stonehams.
If you have any knowledge of any of the above mentioned people please email me. We're hopeful of establishing a connection between all of these people. If any of you are William Stoneham's or S.A. Venters' descendants and have personal records of theirs that mention slaves--please help us, and share your information.