My name is Colonel Joseph R. Sales USMC (Retired) and I am looking for my
>grandfather who was:
>JAMES MONROE SALES b.Jan 02, 1848, d. ( ? ) and buried at Pruitt's Chapel
>Cemetery in Vernon Parish, La..
>From the 1870 census, it appears that my grandfather might have been
>associated with a family named SMART. The reference is:
>1870 Federal Census
>Sabine parish, Louisiana
>Page 11, micro copy 594, roll 528.
>Post Office Box is Many, Louisiana.
>Family # 83.
>The family name is for a woman named SMART, as head of household and a
JAMES SALES, aged 24, as a member of that household working as a farm
laborer. From my copy of the census it is difficult to tell just what the
of the SMART household were but the head of the household appears to be
"Pamaline" who was 32 yrs old then and farming 300 acres. She was born in
Mississippi. The three children are a female (13), a female (10) and a male
named William (5) and all born in Louisiana. I can't make out the two
>Interestingly, my father JOSEPH GILBERT SALES settled in Tyler County,
>Texas, near Warren, and built his house there with the help of a man named
>SMART who was, apparently, a long-time friend who also settled in Texas.
>This may have been the son (William) of the woman who was the head of the
>indicated above although it's hard to tell whether the third child listed
>a male or female due to an overstrike. The name, however, seems clearly to
be William. The first two children are listed as females.
>I have been unable to trace my ancestry beyond my grandfather JAMES MONROE
>SALES who might have been the James Sales listed in this census. I would
appreciate any information you might have.
>I also have no information on my grandmother MARY JANE WEST SALES, the wife
>of JAMES MONROE SALES. I believe she was also from the area around "the
>mouth of the Anacoco" and she, like my grandfather, is buried at Pruitt's Chapel
>I would appreciate any information that will confirm that my
>grandfather is the one associated with the SMART household mentioned in