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A Case Study: How are Milton & Sallie related? Researched by: Terrence A. Garnett Beginning: In my research | have taken an interest in the family of Milton and Sarah Bankett; and Henry and Sallie Southern all of Bellville, Austin County, Texas. Several of my relatives directly descend from these two African-American families. ‘The Bankett's owned several acres of land after slavery and were well known in the Bellville area. ‘Through marriage and death records I learned that Henry Southern! and Sarah Southern-Bankett? were silbings. Their parents were Adam and Caroline Southern former slaves from Kentucky. I surmised that Henry's wife Sallie Bankett-Southern was related to Milton Bankett. Purpose: ‘The purpose of this research is to determine how Milton Bankett and Sallie Bankett Southern are related to one another. Marriages: A) Milton Bankett married Sarah Southern on April 5, 1866 in Austin County, Texas.3 B) Henry Southern married Sallie Bankett on January 16, 1873 in Austin County, Texas.4 1 Texas, Department of State Health Services, Death certificates, 1903-1976, #38866, death certificate of Henry Southern, died December 17, 1927 [Austin County, Texas]. 2 Texas, Department of State Health Services, Death certificates, 1903-1976, #4182, death certificate of Sarah Bankett, died January 14, 1937 [Austin County, Texas]. 3 Bellville, Texas; Austin County Courthouse, County Clerk, Early Marriage Records 1824-1920, Milton Bankett and Sarah Southern; Volume: E, Page: 33. 4 Bellville, Texas; Austin County Courthouse, County Clerk, Early Marriage Records 1824-1920, Henry Southern and Sallie Bankett; Volume: E, Page: 408. ‘Trying to determine a timeframe for their deaths using Census Records. Milton Bankett: 1870 Census- We first find Milton in 1870, living in Bellville, Austin County, Texas. He is 35 year old farmer and listed under the surname “Banker”. His birthplace is Texas.5 1880 Census- Milton is listed as “Melton Bauket” and he still resides in Austin County, ‘Texas. He is a 45 year old farmer and he list his birthplace as Mississippi.© Unfortunately, Most of the 1890 Census Schedules were destroyed by a fire at the National Archives in 1921.7 This leaves researchers with a 20 year gap. The next available record is the 1900 census schedule. Milton’s wife, Sarah is widowed by this time so this indicates that Milton Bankett died after 1880 and before 1900. Deaths in Texas were not recorded until 1903, because of this Milton would not have a death record. Sallie Bankett-Southern: Sallie was not located in 1870 under her maiden name so we have to view the next available census. By 1880 she would have been married to Henry Southern. 1880 Census- Sallie is 25 years old and list her birthplace as: Texas. The family surname has been erroneously transribed as “Dauchem” on Ancestry.com and HeritageQuest. [The actual image says Southern].8 1900 Gensus- Sallie is 48 years old and she has been married to Henry for 27 years. She was the mother 6 children with 5 still living and her birthplace is Texas. 1910 Census By this time Sallie is 56 years old and has been married for 37 years. Her birthplace is Texas.! | Sallie was not listed on the 1920 Censiis, and her husband Henry is listed as a Widower. This places her death after 1910 and before 1920. No death record was located for Sallie. 5 1870 U.S. Federal Cenus, Bellville, Austin County, Texas, Roll: M5931_574, Pg: 230 6 1880 U.S. Federal Census, Precinct 1, Austin County, Texas, Roll: T9_1289, Pg: 493 7 1890 Census Information 8 1880 U.S. Federal Census, Precinct 1, Austin County, Texas, Roll: T9_1289, Pg: 494 9 1900 U.S. Federal. Census, Precinct 1, Austin County, Texas, Roll: T623_1608, Pg: 54 10 1910 U.S. Federal Census, Precinct 1, Austin County, Texas, Roll: 1624_1528, Pg: 132 No Death Records: Both Milton and Sallie did not have death records. The next step would be to check. cemetery transriptions cither online or in book format. According to the book titled, “The Cemeteries of Austin County, Texas” by The Austin County Historical Society! it states that Sallie Southern is buried at Pilgrim Rest Colored Cemetery: I am quite familiar with this cemetery because several of my ancestors are buried there. Sallie is buried next her husband Henry at the cemetery. Both Henry and Sallie would not have been born in the 1830's, according to census records they both would have been. born between 1852-1856. We now have the date of Sallie's death which is 1919. : | There was no mention of Milton Bankett in the book, but because he owned several acres | of land he most likely left a large estate. We would need to check Probate records which are housed at the Austin County Courthouse in Bellville, Texas. 11 Cemeteries of Austin County Texas (Texas: Austin County Historical Society, 1991/92).