MS Roots

June 27, 2010

Hill Family Task 1 Completed

Filed under: african american genealogy,Hill Family,Oktibbeha, MS,Uncategorized — by tmailhes @ 3:01 pm

In January 2010,  I thought I would try my hand at genealogy.  My strategy for the Hill Family of Oktibbeha County, MS was to locate my grandfather in the census records.  From there I would have a good idea of the places he lived and the approximate dates of birth for his brothers and sisters.  I was certain that this task would take only a few hours.  How hard could it be?

Hill Family Task 1 took 6 months to be completed.  The results and notes are below.

1930 Federal Census, Oktibbeha County, HWY #12

L C Hill (28) HEAD, Mattie Hill (26) WIFE, Frank (4 1/2) SON, L C Hill (3 1/2) SON, Robert (1 3/12) SON

This was my first find that afternoon in January. Almost everything seemed correct.  Our family bible gave consistent dates of birth for Robert and LC, Jr.  However, my dad doesn’t have a brother named Frank and he is not in the family bible.  Could Frank be Uncle Tommie’s first name or his middle name?

1910 Federal Census, Oktibbeha County, Leola Bluff Road

Rosia Sampson (33) HEAD, John Sampson  (9) SON, L C Sampson (6)  SON, Mary Sampson (4) DAUGHTER, Jessie (6/12) SON

This was the second census record found in March 2010.  I had searched in vain for the Hill Family with no luck.  Then a closer look at the family bible gave the clue – Rosie Simpson was actually Rosie Sampson. And voila! Again, my dad said this wasn’t right because he didn’t have an uncle named Jessie and why was his father’s last name – Sampson?

1920 Federal Census, Oktibbeha County, Black Jack Road

Odie Ratley (25) HEAD, Rosa Ratley  (33) WIFE, John H Ratley (18) STEPSON, L C Ratley (14)  STEPSON, Mary Ratley (10) STEPDAUGHTER, Gothie Lee Ratley (7) STEPSON, Diana Ratley (5) STEPDAUGHTER

In June 2010, an older cousin remembered that Miss Rosie had bought the land on Black Jack Road where my grandfather grew up.  My dad remembered the little house where he would visit Uncle John and sometimes, Uncle Gothie Lee.  The name on the deed – Rosa Lee Ratley.  And here is my grandfather enumerated as LC Ratley stepson to Odie Ratley.

Sampson to Ratley to Hill.  Now there is a story to tell.

June 10, 2010

7 Acres in Black Jack, MS

There is a deed in the Oktibbeha County courthouse  that shows ownership of seven acres of land in the community known as Black Jack.  My dad remembers visiting his Uncle John in a house that used to  sit back up in these woods.  This is where his father, L C Hill, grew up and spent his childhood.

L C Hill was a stern disciplinarian, a hard worker, a hard drinker and could tell a man’s character by the state of his shoes —  L C’s were always well polished.  L C Hill would preach tirelessly to his children about the importance of your family — that they were your refuge in this world.  Yet he rarely spoke of his father or his mother saying only that his father’s name was John Lacy Hill and his mother was Rosie Sampson.  Over the years his two sisters and two brothers would move from Oktibbeha, but would return to see their brother frequently.

And then there is this deed to a childhood home purchased by Rosie Radcliff.

The Federal Census of 1900, showing John Lacy Hill as the Head of his household with his wife Ellen and his daughter.  They have a boarder, Rosia Sampson.

The Federal Census of 1910, showing John Lacy Hill as the Head of his household with his wife Ellen and three children.  Roscia Sampson is shown living a few houses away with a son L C Sampson.

While searching through records in the Mississippi Archives this weekend my aunt said, “No wonder he didn’t talk about these people.  Daddy wouldn’t have approved of this.”  But I think he would have approved of the relationships among his 6 surviving children because they visit each other often and love each other fiercely.

April 24, 2010

Surname Saturday – Jacobs

Sometimes reading carefully is all it takes.

This week, I was able to enter the information from the 1870 census into my software program for the Hill family of Oktibbeha County, MS.  At first glance, I was sure that it read Jessie Hill/M/B/23 with 5 children in the household.  After carefully reading, I could clearly tell that the household extended to include Rida Jacobs/F/B/32, Betsey Jacobs/F/B/55 and Calib Jacobs/M/B/65.

This “new” information provided a possible maiden name to Rina  shown as Jessie’s wife  in the 1880 Census and has just added a new surname my search files!

My goal for the remainder of the month is to search for the last slave owner of  Jessie Hill and Rida/Rina Jacobs.  It will involve making a list of all households near the family both black and white from the 1870 census.  Secondly, I will cross reference the white families with the 1860 slave schedules and slave contracts from the Freedman’s Bureau.  Lots of work, but very excited about it.

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