Federal census for 1870 St. Landry Parish (Bayou Chicot)shows "M. J. Martindale(widow) and children in one household and her half-brother, J. A. Lee in a household. In his household are M. J. Martindale's mother and step-father along with Lee children born to them.
These folks migrated from Bradley County, Arkansas in 1869 and, according to family ledgend, share-cropped to get money, feed for livestock, and repair tack and wagons before moving on to Pinetucky, Texas on the Neches River (whre present day Magnolia Springs is).
I want to know why they came to Bayou Chicot before moving on. Why did they not cross into Texas around Shreveport? What were the travel routes from Bayou Chicot thru Dry Creek/Sugartown and onto the Sabine River? Several ferries were in the area of present Bancroft, LA. But the old Military Road was the only "real" travel route.