Digging Deeper - Sarah (Hewlett) Atlas

After the big news of discovering the former slaveowner of the father of Sarah (Hewlett) Atlas this week, the genealogy research team began efforts to see if any additional info could be found.

During the 2010 research trip, the team obtained a copy of Henry Hewlett's death certificate from the Louisiana State Archives in Baton Rouge, LA.  Henry Hewlett is the brother of Sarah (Hewlett) Atlas.  Listed on his death certificate is the following information:

Name and Statistical Particulars:  Henry Hewlett, male, colored, married
Date of Birth:  June 8, 1842 in Jackson, LA
Age at Death:  74 years, 2 months, 28 days
Occupation:  (Hard to read) Appears to be Field laborer
Name and birthplace of Father:  Robert Hewlett, born in Virginia
Name and birthpalce of Mother:  MN Johnson, born in Mississippi
Date of Death:  September 5, 1916 in Saint Francisville, LA
Cause of Death:  Senility, Arteriosclerosis
Informant:  Rosalie Ogden, Saint Francisville, LA

Breaking down the death certificate: 
- Rosalie Ogden was Henry and Sarah's sister.  She was the widow of Reuben Ogden by January 12, 1909.
- Jackson, LA is in East Feliciana Parish while Saint Francisville is in West Feliciana Parish
- Robert Hewlett's birthplace of Virginia is also noted on his 1870 US census record
- The discovery of the name MN Johnson, born in Mississippi, is key.  No other name for the mother of Robert's children has been listed anywhere.  Confirmation as to whether or not she or their children received their freedom before the end of the Civil War is still being researched.

Additional Information:
Louisiana Marriages 1718-1925 records for Henry Hewlett:
Henry Hewlett to Eliza Walker, December 8, 1887 in West Feliciana Parish, LA
Henry Hewlett to Emeline Pruit, June 1, 1898 in West Feliciana Parish, LA
Source Info:  Hunting For Bears, comp.. Louisiana Marriages, 1718-1925 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004. Original data: Compiled from a variety of sources including original marriage records located in Family History Library microfilm, microfiche, or books. Original marriage records are available from the Clerk of the Court where the marriage license was issued.

1880 US Census Records
District 197, Not Stated, West Feliciana Parish, LA, Lines 15-17, Page 430D
Robert Hewlett, age 60, born in VA, a laborer, both parents born in VA
Henry Hewlett, age 38, born in LA, listed as son to Robert and minister at the African Methodist Episcopal Church; father born in VA, mother born in MS, cannot write
Priscilla Hewlett, age 56, born in LA, listed as daughter in law to Robert; cannot read or write
Year: 1880; Census Place: , West Feliciana, Louisiana; Roll 474; Family History Film: 1254474; Page: 430D; Enumeration District: 197; .

NOTES:  Verified possible wives of Henry Hewlett:  Priscilla ?, about 1880 (Census), Eliza Walker - December 8, 1887 to May 31, 1898, Emeline Pruit, June 1, 1898 to ?

Bayou Sara, District 197, West Feliciana Parish, LA, Lines 5-6, Page 422C

Reuben Ogden, age 37, born in , a laborer, born in LA, can read and write
Rosa Ogden, age 29, wife, born in LA, father born in LA, mother born in MS, can read and write.
No children listed.
Year: 1880; Census Place: Bayou Sara, West Feliciana, Louisiana; Roll 474; Family History Film: 1254474; Page: 422C; Enumeration District: 197; Image: 0348.

Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 1880 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. 1880 U.S. Census Index provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints © Copyright 1999 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved. All use is subject to the limited use license and other terms and conditions applicable to this site. Original data: Tenth Census of the United States, 1880. (NARA microfilm publication T9, 1,454 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C.

1900 US Census

Saint Francisville, District 107, Lines 72-73, Page 11B
Henry Hewlett, age 58, born January 1842 in LA, owns a house on Ferdinand Street, a farmer employed for 4 months.
Emeline Hewlett, age 29, born April 1871 in LA,
No children listed, but boarder Amos Henderson, and son Hewlett Henderson listed.
Year: 1900; Census Place: St Francisville, West Feliciana, Louisiana; Roll T623_ 586; Page: 11B; Enumeration District: 107.

Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. T623, 1854 rolls.

NOTES:  The house that Henry is living in is most likely the home that his father owned.  Since Robert Hewlett cannot be located on the 1900 census, one can surmise that he probably died between 1880 and 1900.  Robert's subcommittee testimony, he mentions the land that he owns, but does not mention where it resides.  Since there were no house numbers available to the 1900 census enumerator, here is what current day Ferdinand Street looks like in Saint Francisville, LA:

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LindaRe said…
Nicka, Good work as always, look forward to reading more.

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