I am currently continuing research on my family, who heavily inhabited the Lake Providence, LA area from the mid to late 1800's and early 1900's to about 1930. (Quite a few relatives still live there to this day!) Our main surname is Atlas, but that also includes the Lucas and Phillips lines.
I am trying to locate more information on the Balfour Plantation, as I have found that my Great Great Grandfather, King Atlas (listed as King Atlass on the 1870 US Census) was there. In addition to him, I believe that his mother's family was there too, their last name is Day, but I have yet to find a connection on that end.
I have located a website http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~ajac/lacarroll.htm
that lists slaveholders for Carroll Parish, which lists the estate of William S. Balfour (who held 103 slaves, and also held land in Mississippi). In doing even more research, I found another website http://www.rootsweb.com/~msissaq2/balfour.html
, which had information about William S. Balfour's family and how they inhabited Issaquena County, MS which is directly west of Lake Providence, LA and East Carroll parish heading across Lake Providence.
Unfortunately, because of the vagueness in the 1860 US Census, only ages, genders, race (and other elements) are listed for slaves. If anyone has any records from Balfour Plantation, or could point me in the right direction, that would be great!!
Thanks in advance!http://www.atlasfamily.org