I don't know if anyone is reading this message board anymore but I would like some information from someone who's ancestors are coming from the LA, MS area. I have ordered some census records and found some interesting information. Florida census of 1860 has Thomas Ates being married to a Terra. From talking to the family they say that she was the Indian Princess that he married. At that time she had two children William (1 year old) and Thomas (6mo. old). Terra lists her age as 19 and Thomas as 28. Thomas lists his birth in Alabama. In 1870 Thomas was married to Seanie Foster, and Thomas the 6 mo. old was no longer listed. Going under assumptions I believe they both died (no assumption to make). In the 1850 Census is what I am curious about. 1850 Census in Covington County Mississippi a Thomas Ates was listed as living with a Robert C. Hathorn ?? and his family working as a Laborer. He lists his birth in LA. Has anyone searched this part or even seen what I am talking about. Thomas lists his age as 21 which is right on target for Thomas b. 1829, but contradicts all of the stories (which is exactly what they are). Does anyone know who this Thomas is and if I am barking up the wrong tree?