As we all know some progress can turn out to be no progress. I was excited to see a link that could answer some question as to how my family got to LA from GA. It turned out that I had really more questions than answers and really may have jumped the gun a little as to this link having information on my ancestors.
I sat scratching my head to the responses to my blog, I understood what my Genealogy family was telling me to do, but actually putting it together had me confused. Now I think of myself to be a pretty smart person(no genius) but I can read my way out of almost anything. I knew I had a task ahead of me and I was up for the challenge and what a challenge?!
I had a conversation with http://www.lcafricana.com/ and she gave me something to do that I never thought of. Things were in front of my face the whole time. Gosh!! Was I that blind. So I want to share what I have accomplished and where I am. http://www.lcafricana.com/ told me to view the whole 1870 census and check for any white families from GA living around the Robertsons and this is what I found:
I went through the 47 pages of the 1870 census Ward 6 Bossier Parish.. I mostly concentrated on the first white family before my ancestors no# came up and after their no#. I was able to find a E A Fulgan and wife Elizabeth both from GA counted as family 71. Then you have E M Hodges and wife Gussy both from GA counted as 75. The ROBERTSONS were counted as 82 and there were a few black families before and after the ROBERTSONS. The next white family was E A Smith born abt 1810 from GA and he was counted as 93.
As I was going through the names and writing them down 2 names stood out to me which were Hodges and Denman. The Hodges surname stood out because there were so many from GA scattered throughout the Ward and Denman because this was one of the names listed on the RedRiver website that owned 27 slaves and his property was worth 10,000.00. Hmm!! Although there were other slave owners living in Ward 6, William S Denman was the only one from GA.
At this point I went a little further, my heart could not let me stop there. I checked the 1880 census and found five families from GA living around the ROBERTSONS and some are on my orginial list. The Hodges are still on the same page as the ROBERTSONS. Only one family still remained in 1900 and that is the Robys and they were from GA.
Now out of all that information I have three names to focus on, Denman, Hodges, and Roby. Googled Denman and it brung up some will information from Bibb County, GA. Looks like I have a new area to research. Macon, GA and Oglethrope, GA came up for some other possible areas for the other two names.
Wow what a project and with such a good result. I have not done much further, but I have a brand new direction and a new focus. Oh yeah in 1870 on the same page as Ben and Mandy ROBERTSON, there was another ROBERTSON family from GA with a Jas, Eliza, Andrew, and Bennie born abt 1835. Could this be Ben’s brother and father. My heart tells me yes and once further research is done they to will be identified. With many thanks to all that took me in this direction. I am discovering my ancestors and a whole new family that I have and the true meaning of family. Thanks Again!