This podcast is part of the Trask 250 series which documents the lives of more than 250 formerly enslaved of the Trask and Ventress families of Louisiana and Mississippi.
Putting the Pieces Together
1930 US Census
My grandfather as Oswald Sewell, line 34. The family relocated from New Orleans to Chicago in 1925. Honey was working selling insurance for Metropolitan Funeral Home, Nannie was working at a flower factory.
1920 US Census
My grandfather as Oswald Sewell, line 6. This is the first census my grandfather was enumerated on.
Easter Parker Williams on the US Census
- 1940 living in Oakland, CA
- 1920 in Natchez, MS with her husband, Samuel Williams and a son named Alfred Williams;
- 1900 living in Concordia Parish, LA (just across the river from Natchez), with sons Alphonse and Anthony and husband Samuel;
- 1880, still in Concordia Parish but listed with her mother Lettie under the last name Fountain but living right next door to Smith Reeder, her stepfather.
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2 thoughts on “Episode 1: Unearthing Easter”
Thank you so much for sharing your family history—the pictures and documents are priceless. You have done so much to advance genealogical research especially for me and others whose families have been difficult to explore. Keep on keeping it real!
Thanks for listening Ms. Joyce! Keep on keeping on. It will come one day! Don’t give up!