Amanda Whitfield searching for her mother, Annie Straan, sisters Hannah, Betsy, Matilda, and Martha Maria, and brothers Columbus and Richard

Title

Amanda Whitfield searching for her mother, Annie Straan, sisters Hannah, Betsy, Matilda, and Martha Maria, and brothers Columbus and Richard

Subject

Information Wanted Ad

Description

Amanda Whitfield searching for her mother, Annie Straan, sisters Hannah, Betsy, Matilda, and Martha Maria, and brothers Columbus and Richard. Her mother Annie belonged to Billie Straan who brought them from Butt's County, GA to Alabama, then Mississippi, then East Texas, Jasper County. Their owner left Alabama in debt and ran away to Texas before his property could be levied. The sheriff, Billie's brother, came to Texas and took her mother and five siblings back but Martha Maria remained with Billie. Hannah was left in Alabama and was last hear from there. She has heard Martha Maria is dead indirectly, but not to her satisfaction. The sheriff who carried her mother and five siblings back to Alabama was shipwrecked on his way back to Texas. She was Amanda Straan but now goes by Amanda Whitfield.

Source

The Southwestern Christian Advocate (New Orleans, LA)

Date

September 3, 1885

Coverage

Columbus, TX
Butt's County, GA
AL (Alabama)
MS (Mississippi)
Jasper County, East Texas

Contributor

Daniel Runyon

Transcription

Mr. Editor — I wish to inquire
for my relatives — my mother, sis-
ters and brothers. My mother's
name was Annie Straan; she be-
longed to Billie Straan. We were
first brought from Butt's county,
Georgia, and from there to Ala-
bama; from there to Mississippi,
and from there to East Texas, Jas-
per County. Our owner, Billie
Straan, got in debt in Alabama,
and run away with us to Texas, be-
cause his property was to be levied
on. The sheriff came to Texas for
us, and took my mother and five
children back, but Martha and
Maria remained out here with our
old owner, Billie Straan. The
sheriff was Billie Straan's brother,
Sam Straan. My brothers are
named Columbus and Richard;
sisters are Hannah, Betsy, Matilda,
Amanda and Martha Maria. Sis-
ter Hannah is the oldest and
Amanda next. Hannah was left
in Alabama. When last heard
from they were all still in Alabama.
Sister Martha Maria is dead. I
heard indirectly from them a few
years ago, but nothing definite
enough to give satisfaction. Sam
Straan, my owner's brother, that
carried my mother and five chil-
dren back to Alabama, I heard,
got shipwrecked while on his way
back to Texas after Martha Maria
and myself. I am alone here in
Texas, with no relative except two
of my deceased sister's children.
Aunt Mary is dead; also old Billie
Straan. My name was formerly
Amanda Straan, but is now Amanda
Whitfield. I wish to know if any
are yet living in Alabama, Louis-
iana or Georgia, for I am very
anxious to hear from some of my
people. This is the second letter I
have written, but have never had
an answer. Aunt Mary Straan's
two daughters, Caroline and Har-
riett, are still living and anxious
to hear from any of our people. Aunt
Mary Straan is a fellow servant of
my mother, Annie Straan. Ad-
dress in care of the M. E. Church,
Amanda Whitfield, Columbus,
Texas."

State

Texas
Georgia
Alabama
Mississippi

Files

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Citation

“Amanda Whitfield searching for her mother, Annie Straan, sisters Hannah, Betsy, Matilda, and Martha Maria, and brothers Columbus and Richard,” Information Wanted Ad, The Southwestern Christian Advocate (New Orleans, LA), September 3, 1885, Last Seen: Finding Family After Slavery, accessed August 7, 2020, http://informationwanted.org/items/show/2400.

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