In August 1858, Jacob Bernard's first wife died at age 30 in St Louis leaving him with 3 young sons aged 6,4,and 2. They moved to New Orleans where the boys were admitted to an Orphan Asylum in January 1859. In March/April 1861, Jacob remarried at the start of the Civil War a young woman who was also ward of the orphanage.
Jacob, his new wife Sarah, Sarah's sister Babette, and Jacob's sons all left New Orleans for Mississippi. By early 1867,the family had added Jeannette (1862) Benjamin 1863, and Joseph (1865) all born in Mississippi and moved to Orange, NJ.
Jacob was a merchant-tailor in New Jersey. He missed the 1860 and every other census until the 1870 Federal census in New Jersey. Subsequently these latter children correctly identified their birthplace as Mississippi, but none indicate the city, town or village. They lived in Orange, NJ well into the 1900s but no records of their Mississippi experience have been found.
Any suggestions on finding their Mississippi residence will be most welcome. Thank you.