- We don't know very much about Hezekiah and his wife Elsie Ann. They are listed on the Freedman's Register for Mississii marriages. They lived in and near areas that was dominated by the slave trade. An excerpt from an article below gives some historical background about the area where they lived and farmed.
"Between 1820 and 1861 more than 60 percent of the Uer South's enslaved population was "sold South" in this manner. Mississii's enslaved population increased by more than 225 percent. The destination of the enslaved people listed in the Record Book were the slave markets at Natchez. The Natchez Trace led directly to one of the two largest and busiest slave markets in the entire Deep South. It was called Forks of the Road and was located at the intersection of Washington Road (now St. Catherine Street) and Liberty Road about a mile east of downtown Natchez. Slaves were also sold at the Adams County Courthouse itself, at Natchez Under-the-Hill and in various auction houses around town. But its almost certain it was at Forks of the Road slave market where the enslaved men, women and children mentioned in the Record Book were brought.
Original Article: http://pages.prodigy.net/gmccallum