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William White m. Mary Adams, mulatto ex-slave, in 1870s and disappeared

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William White m. Mary Adams, mulatto ex-slave, in 1870s and disappeared

Posted: 7 Dec 2012 11:41PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: White, Adams, Harbour
Information wanted before or after 1870 on my ancestors, a household located in Floyd County, Ga. south of the Coosa River near the state line. (Cave Spring district) in the 1870 census. Mary and children passed for white. Adams was possibly an assumed name. She was known to be a slave then a servant of Josephine & Burwell Harbour.

Mary Adams, 32 F W born Alabama, domestic servant
Josephine Adams, 13 F W born Alabama
James Adams, 8 M W born Alabama
William White, 38 M W born Georgia, farm hand

Family lore has it that the couple married (legally or in fact) and James White was adopted (legally or in fact).

Family lore has it that William White "stepped out for a stick of firewood one night and was never seen again."

Is this the same family living in Dalton, Whitfield County, Ga. in 1880?

Mary White, F W 43, head of family, widowed or divorced. Born Tennessee.
James White, M W 17, son, works in tan yard, born Alabama.

James White married Miranda Martin 1889 in Floyd County and lived in Cherokee County, Ala.

What on earth happened to Mary White?

Travis

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