I'm looking for information on Jas Hargis, listed as the slaveholder for several slaves on the 1860 Slave Schedule (census). The place of residence is listed as Marshall, Mississippi. I'm interested in any Hargis, Hargiss, Hargus slaveholding family from De Soto and Marshall Counties in Mississippi, or in neighboring Shelby and Fayette Counties in Tennessee. In addition, I'm looking for any slaveholding Hargis families from Upshur County Texas or nearby East Texas.
The ancestor I'm trying to locate is my great-grandfather, Oscar Hargest. I have only been able to trace his story back to 1870, when he first appears on the 1870 census, listing his residence in Upshur County Texas. I know his history from that point forward.
What I have been able to piece together: Oscar was born a slave in Mississippi, about 1847. From family history, I know that he traveled from Tennessee across Arkansas to Upshur County Texas. He was of mixed African American, white, and Native American heritage.
In early census records, Oscar's name is listed as Osker Hargis. This pointed me to focus on Hargis listings from the 1850 and 1860 Slave Schedules, which pointed me to Jas Hargis. The Slave Schedules do not list the individual names of the slaves, only of the slave holder. The Schedule does list the gender and age of each slave. On the 1860 Schedule, Jas Hargis is the slaveholder for what appears to be a family, with a male child of the right age for a match to Oscar.
Any information will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.