The 1850 census of Division 53, Lowndes County, GA, shows Susan J. Alderman, age 12, born in Florida, living with the following family:
William J. Patrick, farmer, age 27, born SC Emeline, age 23, born GA Henry W., age 5, born GA Weltha A., age 2, born GA Elbert J., age 1, born GA.
Does anyone know who Susan was and why she is listed with the Patrick family?
The only Susan J. I know of who is the right age is Susan Jane, daughter of James Alderman and Susan R. Newton, both of whom died in the early 1840s. They had no daughter named Emeline that I'm aware of. Susan Jane married John A. Alderman.
If anyone can help me solve this mystery, I would very much appreciate hearing from you.