MS Roots

May 16, 2011

Agreement with Freedmen made by T.L.H. Caraway

I was very excited today to have unlocked the secret system of the Freemen’s Bureau Labor Contracts located at the Central Dallas Library. I created my very own index using the index from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. It was a time consuming process, but in the end it was all worth it. After searching through two rolls in Dallas, I was able to match Dallas #49 to Mississippi #2574. All I had to do from there was to count to the correct contract number.
Here are my results:

Agreement with Freedmen made this 7th day of September 1865 by and between T.L.H. Caraway and Jerman & his family and Amanda of Covington and State of Mississippi;…In testimony whereof the said parties have affixed their names to this agreement on the day & date aforesaid and for the purposes specified.
Names Ages Wages
Jerman 33 Food & Clothing
Marinda 30 Food & Clothing
Hariet 11 de
Amanda 21 Food & Clothing

Harriet is my 2nd great grandmother. Jerman and Marinda are my 3rd great-grandparents. I will be searching probate records for a mention of Caraway or Loflin in the surrounding counties.



  1. This is crazy exciting! When people find a contract in Freedmen’s Bureau records, esp dated 1865, it is almost always the former owner. Congrats! See if that guy is living near them in 1870 census. Since he didnt die before 1865, try to find his parents and check their probate for their slaves..maybe Jerman is listed. Ancestry’s family tree’s is a good source for finding the parent’s names, also Familysearch’s IGI

    Comment by msualumni — May 20, 2011 @ 9:43 pm |Reply

  2. It is exciting. I will be working tonight to find information about TLH Caraway. My thought is that his wife maybe a Loflin hence the last name they chose.

    Comment by tmailhes — May 22, 2011 @ 9:48 pm |Reply

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