Lethia Faulkner | Former Slave of Keene and Constant

From the Banner Democrat, published on June 1, 1895 is a profile on "An Aged Negro Woman" named Lethia Faulkner was a former slave of J.W. Keene and Col. E.W. Constant.

East Carroll Banner Democrat
June 1, 1895, Page 3
Source:  Library of Congress
Details of Article
Lethia was purchased in 1853 by JW. Keene in the 2nd Ward of Carroll Parish, LA.  Col. Constant notes her age as 115 (born about 1780).  Said to be too old to work when originally purchased.

Further Research
A search of the 1880 US Census for East Carroll Parish, LA notes a Letha Folkner living in Ward 2, District 29 (line 9, page 577D).  She is living in the same household of WB (William Bodien) Keene, noted as a merchant and planter.  Her age is 90 years old (born about 1790), and her occupation is an "Old Family Servant."  Her and both her parents have birth states of Virginia listed.  Additional servants in the household are Hester Bynum, and Edward Singleton.
Year: 1880; Census Place:  2nd WardEast CarrollLouisiana; Roll:  453; Family History Film:  1254453; Page:  577D; Enumeration District:  29; Image:  0056. 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.

WB Keene was associated with the following plantations in the East Carroll Parish area: Atherton Plantation and Bellagio Plantation.

The 1870 US Census has Lethia listed in the 2nd Ward living at Guier Plantation (which could be Hollybrook Plantation, or Poverty Point Plantation) on line 32, page 177B.  She is listed as Lefe Falkner.
Year: 1870; Census Place:  Guier Plantation Ward 2CarrollLouisiana; Roll:  M593_509; Page:  177B; Image:  358; Family History Library Film:  552008. Ancestry.com. 1870 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Original data: 1870 U.S. census, population schedules. NARA microfilm publication M593, 1,761 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.

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This article caught my eye as Atherton Plantation is the plantation where my father, Rev. John H. Scott, lived and where his mother and his grandfather, Granderson Conn had lived. Granderson Conn's mother had been married but as the story has been passed down, she was "picked out" by the slave owner and my great-grandfather, Granderson Conn was the result of that terrible act.

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