Thank you, Mr. Liles, for your response.Can you shed any light on the Grounds, Rice, Masters, and any other related families, AFTER they left Hempstead County in SW Arkansas +/- late 1825 and went to NW Louisiana?This NW area became Claiborne Parish in 1828. The first census for Claiborne Parish is 1830.
There appears to have been a split among the Methodists who lived in or near Camp Ebenezer in Hempstead County.The encampment was near the town known as "old" Washington. 25-30 families left the area and followed Rev. William Stevenson, Father of Methodism in Arkansas, into this NW area of Louisiana. A difference of interpretation about whether there was a Biblical foundation for owning slaves precipitated the split.
Those owning slaves were among the followers who moved with Rev. Stevenson into Louisiana where slavery was legal. Some early history of this NW area indicates people with slaves arrived in 1826 and a cotton gin was built.
Thank you for your time and attention to my request for information.
Maggie Robinson William & Elizabeth Robinson Family Assn. Houston, Texas