Slave research difficulties

>We don't want to refight the civil war, do we, Mom?

No we don't but while your letter was excellent, you left out one very
important area of research: namely wills. To my knowledge, there were no
slave owners among my ancestors but it wouldn't surprise me if there were.
However, I have read several wills and noticed slaves being passed down
from one generation to the next. 

The early census had a place for at least a "head count". Franklin, if
you'll drop me a note, perhaps I can be of more help. 

Barb Marshall 		List Mom of BAGLEY & DRAKE Lists
Half Moon Bay, CA, USA