Saturday, October 25, 2014

West Feliciana Parish Slaves from Plantations Owned by Richard Haile & Sarah Rucker Haile


The following is a list of slaves recorded on the succession record of Sarah Rucker Haile, wife of Richard H. Haile, dated May 13, 1859 in West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana.  For more information on this list click here.

Separate Property oned by Sarah Rucker Haile
Name
Approximate Age
Lige
aged 50 years
Betsey
aged 50 years
Lewis
aged 12 years
L. Bob
aged 35 years
Susan
aged 20 years
Louisa
aged 2 years
Pharis
aged 3 years
Francis
aged 28 years
Sam
aged 9 years
Judy
aged 55 years
Dave                 
aged 25 years 
Henrietta          
aged 22 years 
Old Maria      
aged 60 years   
Alfred        
aged 30 years         
John                 
aged 23 years 
Moses                
aged 18 years
Isaac            
aged 24 years  
Taylor                     
aged 13 years     


Community Property owned by Richard H. Haile & Sarah Rucker Haile
Name
Approximate Age
Clarrisa                
aged 50 years 
Jim                           
aged 18 years  
Eliza                     
aged 13 years     
Isabel          
aged 18 years    
Sylvester          
aged 4 years
Kelly                   
aged 30 years
Ellen              
aged 3 years 
Hannah                 
aged 10 years
Anna                       
aged 10 years
Austin          
aged 9 years          
Patrick          
aged 50 years            
Ann                      
aged 45 years 
Milly                            
aged 35 years
Mati?a         
aged 15 years
Kitty             
aged 50 years
Little Lize              
aged 9 years
Lucy                       
aged 8 years
Phillip                    
aged 6 years
Noah                     
aged 4 years
Jacob                     
aged 1 year
Amelia                   
aged 15 years
Marinda                 
aged 12 years
Willis                      
aged 8 years
Lily                          
aged 6 years
Doctor                    
aged 24 years
Chaney
aged 20 years
Delphine
aged 2 years
Charles
aged 45 years
Clarice
aged 45 years
Muse
aged 1 year
Dick
aged 40 years
Ned
aged 23 years
Susan
aged 17 years
Lindy
Infant
Big Nelson
aged 45 years
Lizzy
aged 35 years
Mary Ann
aged 17 years
Mira
aged 12 years
Nelson
aged 10 years
Isaac
aged 6 years
Rachael
aged 2 years
Horace
aged 40 years
Laura
aged 8 years
Horace
aged 4 years
Israel
aged 1 year
John
aged 25 years
Isaac
aged 35 years
Old Billy
aged 60 years
[Tower?]
aged 22 years
L. George
aged 31 years
Judy
aged 40 years
Olivia
aged 16 years
Robert
aged 8 years
Kate
aged 4 years
Temple
aged 1 year
Old George
aged 75 years
Wilson
aged 30 years
Nelly
aged 45 years
Julia
aged 35 years
Mary
aged 15 years
Jim
aged 12 years
Tom
aged 8 years
Corean
aged 6 years
William
aged 4 years
William
aged 4 years
Jack
aged 40 years
Patty
aged 40 years
Tempy
aged 13 years
Minty
aged 10 years
Eleven
aged 31 years
Margaret
aged 35 years
Dennis
aged 16 years
Jenny
aged 55 years
Willis
aged 35 years
Comfort
aged 45 years
Mary Pete
aged 20 years
Julia
aged 23 years 
Anthony
aged 30 years
Henry
 aged 35 year


Property now in possession of Benjamin Franklin Haile (Son)
Name
Approximate Age
Martha
aged 24 years
Amelia
aged 21 years
Catharine
aged 2 years
Paris
aged 1 year
George
aged 35 years
Caroline
aged 40 years
Louisa
aged 27 years
George
aged 22 years
Ann
aged 24 years
Maria
aged 50 years
Spencer
aged 54 years
Ersy
aged 20 years
Harriet
aged 12 years
Rachael
aged 24 years
Sam
aged 25 years
Leah
aged 2 years
Eliz
aged 22 years & Infant aged 6 months [?]
Rose
aged 17 years
[Illegible]
aged 28 years


Property previously given to Benjamin Franklin Haile (no real title made to him)
Name
Approximate Age
Edmund
aged 27 year
Henry
aged 27 years
Amy
aged 40 years
Emily
aged 20 years
Gabriel
aged 25 years
Harriet
aged 30 years
Betsy
aged 40 years
Ned
aged 13 years
Levy
aged 8 years
Mahala
aged 22 years & two children
[Illegible]
aged 22 years

Property previously given to Ann Haile Stewart (Daughter) & W.M. Stewart (no real title made to them)
Name
Approximate Age
Catharine
aged 35 years
Betsy
aged 5 years
Fanny
aged 3 years
Bell
aged 16 years
Infant

Jeff
aged 30 years
Harry
aged 35 years
Dick
aged 16 years
Jule
aged 8 years
Old Jane
aged 60 years
Ellen
aged 14 years


Property previously given to Mary Eliza Haile Harbour & PleasantJ. Harbour (no real title made to them)
Name
Approximate Age
Nelson
aged 38 years
Able
aged 30 years 
Alphonse
aged 18 years
Mary
 aged 45 years
Amelia
aged 22 years
Kitty
aged 20 years
Nancy
aged 30 years
Hannah
aged 5 years
Will
aged 4 years
Martin
aged 1 year


Property previously given to Laura Haile Wilson & Alexander Wilson (no real title made to him)
Name
Approximate Age
Sally
aged 20 years
Cornelius
aged  4 years
Mary Jane
aged 40 years
Cyrus
aged 4 years
Lizzy
aged 35 years
Demps
aged 28 years
Sara Jane
aged 7 years
Catharine
aged 5 years
Dorcas
aged 3 years
Eliza
aged 2 years
Julia
aged 40 years
Delia
aged 15 years
Arm[?]n
aged 17 years
Manuel
aged 35 years
Mariah
aged 27 years
Source: West Feliciana Parish Probate Records, Inventory Book G, pp. 384-389 (WFP Courthouse)

Finding your Ancestors in Probate Records - The Slaves of Richard Haile & Sarah (Rucker) Haile

In July of 2013, I went to the Louisiana State Archives for genealogical research.  Fortunately, I happened to run into Judy Riffel, notable Professional Genealogist, Author, Researcher and Lecturer who I met a year or so prior through my cousin, Patricia Bayonne-Johnson.

While looking for information about my ancestors who were slaves on Laurel Hill Plantation, owned by Richard Haile & his wife, Sarah Rucker Haile, Judy helped me discover an incredible five-page document that not only linked me to ancestors I found in the 1870 Census, but also confirmed my relationship with one of my DNA cousins on 23andme.  

Judy explained when researching ancestors born during slavery, if you know the name of the slave owner, a great source of information could be a succession, or probate record for the deceased slave owner and/or his/her family members.  Prior to the Civil War, slaves were listed as inventory in these records when estimating the value of a person's estate.  Naturally, the only way these records are beneficial to researchers looking for slave names is if the slave owner, or his family members died prior to the end of the Civil War.  First, Judy and I checked the 1870 & 1880 Census for the Haile Family, Sarah was not listed in 1870 and in 1880, but Richard was listed as a widower.  We found her in 1850, but not 1860 so it was plausible that she died within that decade.  We searched the microfilm and found an 1859 West Feliciana Parish Succession Record for Sarah Rucker Haile.  

This first set of images posted are copies from the microfim:

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Near the bottom of page 3, my ancestors are listed starting with my 4th great-grandmother, Julia Lee, and her children: Mary, Jim Tom, Corean & William.  One of my 23andme DNA Relatives told me her 2nd great grandfather was named Thomas Lee from West Feliciana Parish.  This document confirmed our relationship. Her DNA matched me and several of my known cousins.  We are all descendants of Mary Lee.

1880 Census with Julia Lee and Richard Haile
This 1880 Census now makes more sense to me.  At the top, my 4x GGM Julia Lee is listed as head of household (the surname "Lee" is still a mystery to our family).  Next is her son Jefferson, a child not listed in the probate, but looking at his age (20 yrs old), she may have been pregnant with him when the probate was recorded.  Jefferson is listed as being born in Louisiana by the notation "La," his father born in South Carolina by the notation "S.C." and his mother born in Maryland by the notation "Md."  I highlight this fact because it is my strong belief that Richard Haile is Jefferson's father.  On line 25, 5 rows down from Jefferson, is "R. H. Haile," which is Richard at 83 years old.  The census shows he was also born in South Carolina.  

In 1992, my great-grandmother told me that her mother, Lizzie, was the daughter of "Colonel Haile."  Studying the Haile family, I know that Richard and his son Richard, Jr. both carried the title of "Colonel" so I can't say for sure which is her father. There is a possibility that it could be another male Haile child.  On Lizzie's death record, her mother's (Mary Lee) maiden name is listed as "Hail."  Sadly, this was an unfortunate, yet common occurrence on slave plantations where generations of slave owning males reproduced children with their female slaves.  Apparently, Richard fathered all of Julia's children because all of them list their father as being born in South Carolina.

Thanks to the probate record, I now know that Haile's daughter who is listed below him, "M.E. Harbour" is Mary Eliza Harbour.  Also, the next head of household listed, "M.W. Stewart" and his wife, "A.C.," are Richard's daughter (Ann Haile Stewart), son-in-law and their children.

Click here for an internet searchable list of all the slaves' names in Sarah Rucker Haile's Succession record for those looking for ancestors in West Feliciana Parish.