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Could you be related to one of the 48 Free African Americans in Washington County, GA in 1850?

Updated: Feb 29, 2020

Interesting finds: In order to hunt for the connections with Brenda Sutton, I put many of my findings from the National Archives in Excel Spreadsheets so I can sort the data.




The 1850 Washington County, Georgia Census, Military Division 91, contained the following 48 free African Americans.

[Deedom is historically the oldest named African American identified by name to have been in early Washington County, Georgia.]

  • Look at the Household compositions! At least one interracial couple listed!

  • Let us know what you think!




My detailed thoughts about that list in red:


Last Name First Name Dwelling in 1850

1. Chester, Elizabeth, 85 yrs, B 290

2. Chester, Elisha, 43 yrs, Mu 290

Below: Mulatto* No race listed, I found the race from the 1860 Census and others.

3. Chester, John, 22 yrs. 290

4. Chester, Green, 20 yrs. 290

5. Chester, Irwin, 17 yrs 290

6. Chester, Roxian, 16 yrs, 290

7. Chester, Jane, 12 yrs, 290

8. Chester, Winfield, 11 yrs, 290

9. Chester, Lafayette, 7 yrs, 290

10. Chester, Nobles, 6 yrs, 290

11. Chester, Mary, 4 yrs 290

12. Chester, Martha, 4 yrs 290


13. Collins Vincy, 10 yrs, Mu 567 Living with the white Sparks hmmm. no other children listed.



14. Cooler Caroline, 24 yrs, B 252 Looks like an interracial couple living in this dwelling



15. Cooler, Not Named 309 Looks like the index has "Not Named" 60 yrs old but handwriting states 2 years old. Most know this Lesson: Don't always trust the indexing.



16. Cooler Robin 309

17. Cooler Comfort 309

18. Cooler Sarah 309

19. Cooler William 309

20. Cooler Margaret 309

21. Cooler Jane 309

22. Cooler Rebeca 310

23. Cooler Harriet 310

24. Cooler Mary 310

25. Cooler John 310

26. Cooler Paul 310

27. Cooler Winfield 310

28. Cooler Elizabeth 310

29. Cooler Richard 311

30. Cooler Alley 311

31. Cooler Not Named 311

32. Deedom 100 years old! 1074 Nancy Brown is his guardian according to the above referenced book by Adolphus, Adam L. Sr.


33. Echols Melvina 832 Living with the Dailey's



34. Ecoles Catharine J 399



35. Glenn Betty 393

36. Hopson Amanda 506

37. Hopson Nancy 506


38. Hust James 985



39. Mann Henry 247



40. McBride Infant twin 1078

41. McBride Infant twin 1078


By 1860 the twins were gone but look at that Real Estate and Personal Estate Value in the household!



42. McLaughlin, Sally 65 yrs 210 Living in a household with Graybills and Tuckers (and an MD)

43. McLaughlin, Jared 35 yrs 210



44. Newsom Jarrod 107

45. Page Lucy Ann 650



46. Smith William 737



47. Wegins (Wiggins) Moses 24 One free black man living with Bucks, and Hinson families. Note the Real Estate Value



48. Whitaker Isaac 393















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