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Slave Narrative of Mandy Billings

Interviewer: Mrs. Bernice Bowden Person Interviewed: Mandy Billings Age: 84 Location: 3101 W. 14th Highland Add., Pine Bluff, Arkansas “Now I was born in 1854. That was in slavery times. That wasn’t yistiday was it? Born in Louisiana, in Sparta—that was the county seat. “Bill Otts was my last owner. You see, how come me sold my mother was my grandfather’s baby chile and his owner promised not to separate him nary time again. It was in the time of the Old War. Charles McLaughlin—that was my old master—he was my father and Bill Otts, he bought my mother, and she was sold on that account. Old Master Charles’ wife wouldn’t ‘low her to stay. I’m tellin’ it just like they told it to me. “We stayed with Bill Otts till we was free, and after too. My grandfather had to steal me away. My stepfather had me made over to Bill Otts. You know they didn’t have no sheriff in them days—had a provost marshal. “As near as I can come at it, Miss, I was thirteen or fourteen. I know I was eighteen years and four days old when I married. That was in ’74, wasn’t it? ’72? Well, I knowed I was strikin’ it kinda close. “My white folks lived in town. When they bought my mother, Miss Katie took me in the house. My mother died durin’ of the War—yes ma’am. “I member when the bloodhounds used to run em and tree em up. “Yes’m, niggers used to run away in slavery times. Some of em was treated so mean they couldn’t help it. “Yes...

Louisiana Cemetery Records Acadia to Calcasieu Parish

Louisiana Cemetery records are listed by parish then name of cemetery within the Louisiana parish. Most of these are complete indices at the time of transcription, however, in some cases we list the listing when it is only a partial listing. Louisiana Cemetery Records Acadia to Calcasieu ParishLouisiana Cemetery Records Caldwell to Concordia ParishLouisiana Cemetery Records Desoto to Franklin ParishLouisiana Cemetery Records Grant to Lincoln ParishLouisiana Cemetery Records Pointe Coupe to Richland ParishLouisiana Cemetery Records Sabine to St. Helena ParishLouisiana Cemetery Records St. James to St. Tammany ParishLouisiana Cemetery Records Tangipahoa ParishLouisiana Cemetery Records Tensas ParishLouisiana Cemetery Records Winn ParishLouisiana Cemetery Records: Livingston – Natchitoches ParishesLouisiana Cemetery Transcriptions, Natchitoches to Plaquemines ParishLouisiana Cemetery Transcriptions, Terrebonne to West Feliciana Acadia Parish Fuselier (aka Dupre) (hosted AtAcadia Parish, Louisiana Tombstone Transcription Project) Allen Parish Following Cemeteries (hosted At Allen Parish, Louisiana Tombstone Transcription Project) Akins Arkadelphia Cemetery Black Jack Cemetery Bond Botley–African American Botley Buck Martin Canada – African American Caney Creek Carter Memorial Catholic Cemetery Cherry Grove Community Creel Cryer Deshotel Green Oak Green Oaks Hamilton Hampton Memorial Horton Kinder–African American Kinder-McRill Kinder-McRill Cemetery Leblanc Cemetery Lyles Lyles– McGee Nevils Cemetery Oakdale Oakdale Oak Hill Oak Hill Oaklin Springs Oberlin Old Cole Palestine Pecan Grove Pine Chapel Reed Reeves Family Rest Haven Cemetery Simmons Simmons St. John’–African American St. Michael–African American Turner Turner Old Young Cemetery Ascension Parish Following Cemeteries (hosted At Ascension Parish, Louisiana Tombstone Transcription Project) Broussard Cemetery Carpenter’s Chapel Cemetery Donaldsonville Protestant Cemetery Assumption Parish List of Assumption Parish Cemeteries (hosted At Assumption Parish, Louisiana Tombstone Transcription Project) Avoyelles Parish Following Cemeteries (hosted At Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana...

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