As everyone know I have been on the track of finding out who owned my ancestors Ben and Mandy ROBERTSON. I believe I have found him:  E W HODGES may have been the owner.

E W HODGES was born abt 1809 in Randolf, GA Twiggs County and died around 1867 in Webster Parish, LA. According to slave schedule of 1850 and 1860 LA the HODGES dominated the area of Bossier Parish, LA as slave owners. In 1860 E W owned 4 male slaves age 16 years old and Ben was born abt 1844. Then there was a John E HODGES owned one Mulatto female slave which was 10 years old and Mandy BRYANT was born abt 1850. John lived in Pine Woods Catahoula, LA. Not sure if Pine Woods was a Plantation or area in LA. One of my biggest questions was how did Ben and Mandy if born in GA end up in LA and gave me the answer.

There was land lottery in LA and the Hodges bided on land in LA. Obviously they won the lottery and moved to LA with their slaves and harvested on that land.

Although E W died in 1867 his son E W Jr and wife Gussey was living a couple houses away from the ROBERTSONS in the 1870 census. Even in the 1880 census the HODGES and the ROBERTSONS were still neighbors.

Once I viewed E W census record of 1860 on,  there were 3 descendents that have attached his name to their tree. Two descendents I figured out his name was added because of marriage, but one really caught my eye: Hodges VA/NC/GA/AL… saved by thunder88.

This really interested me because E W’s father Matthew Hodges was born abt 1788 in Pitt County, N.C. Once I viewed the tree(we all know the detective kicked in at this point), I noticed that there were some ROBERTSONS from VA listed. Now this could explain why Ben was owned by HODGES and his surname was ROBERTSON. Hmm!!

Now I have a few areas of interest and still trying to put all the pieces together, but to me when you get to this point, this is what the research is really about. Really learning who you are and where you come from. Who owned your ancestors and how they lived? What kind of life they lived and what kind of owner did they have? Now I know some of those questions might not never be answered, but just the notion of possibly finding out makes everything worth while.

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