Dear Vicki, If you would please carefully re-read my post you will find in the first paragraph that I stated that Sebern is listed on the 1850 Census in Sabine Parish, Louisiana.
This location as I previously indicated is just a few short miles south of where Sebern and Rachel McCathern are documented as being married in 1852.
Perhaps you are unable to locate this record I refer to because you are looking in the wrong state.
As per the 1850 Sabine Parish LA Census there is no township listed, there is no enumeration district listed, the only numbers I find is the number 248 which is most likely the page number that was etched on the Microfilm as a reference.
As with many rural census records in 1850 it does not appear to contain the data you request, at least not on the digital copy that I possess.
As I also previously stated, he is listed in the Williams Family household under the name Seaburn McCathern, 18 years of age, occupation Laborer, Born in Georgia.
He was most likely working for Mr. Williams who was a Blacksmith as was another individual that is also listed as a Laborer in that same household.
Whether or not an error exists as to his listed birthplace on this particular census record is unknown to me.I am not in the least bit surprised that another location other than Alabama is listed, as I am well aware that such variances do indeed exist in the federal census records.
In fact I have an article from the Elk City News Democrat for Thursday May 22, 1919 that states Sebern's birthplace was Louisiana.
It also says in this same article and I quote "that he was converted when young, and done what he could to help win souls to Christ. and says he is not tired of the way, but it only grows brighter each day.He is Methodist and can tell of some grand times in his work for the Master."
The fact is that there is also other documented evidence in several other articles written about Grandpa McCathern from people not even related to the man in both Oklahoma and Texas that indeed confirm over the years that he was known by others in the communities where he lived as a prayerful Christian and an upstanding respected citizen.
In 1922 it was written in an article of him in the Elk City newspaper when he turned 100 years old and I quote "Mr. McCathern is a devoted Christian, a member of the M.E. Church south and is one who believes in heartfelt religion and holiness.It is wonderful to hear him quote scriptures, and he is always praising God for being so good to him."
The testimony about Sebern that has been written by others in these two articles that I mention is more than enough for me to determine exactly how eyewitnesses who knew him must have perceived the man.
Based on my own beliefs I tend to think the evidence weighs in favor of the man being an upstanding citizen of the community as was testified by those who knew him.
The 1850 census record and 1852 marriage record that I mentioned is not by any means the only evidence of the McCatherns living in Louisiana in the 1850's.
As to the Chapman family, the info I have on this family was not obtained through deeds or estate settlements or anything of that sort but rather was obtained through researching the local area history.
However, if you are interested in confirming the existence of a plantation, I would recommend that you would refer to the 1850 & 1860 slave schedules for DeSoto Parish.
It is well documented that Chapmans were among the largest of Slaveholders in Desoto Parish and those who desire to learn more information is welcome to contact me privately via e-mail.
Concerning the book by Ms. Porter that mentions the McCathern's, I think it would be wise for me to share the information with everyone at this juncture so that others may form their own opinions as to what his peers knew of his character.
In that spirit, here is an excerpt concerning Grandpa McCathern that appears in a 1940's publication on Texas Panhandle Pioneers.
This was written in a book "Memory Cups of Panhandle Pioneers" by Millie Jones Porter, Clarendon Press Copyright 1945.
This is a section out of a chapter called "More Shackelford County Friends" called "The McCatherns" on pages 507 & 508.
Ours seems a little world when we see how often the paths of men cross and recross. While Mr. Porter lived in Shackelford County, Old Grandma and Grandpa McCathern lived there. "Becky" had married Tom Reed, and later Mollie married but died soon after. There were five boys in the family.
I have, over and over, heard him tell how good an old couple they were, and that he believed if there were ever saints they would qualify. They understood the longings of the young people for social affairs, and opened their home for them to have dances and blessed them with their presence.
We heard they had moved to Oklahoma and then to Wheeler County, but had not seen them. One Sunday there was a revival meeting in progress, in the grove the Buntin family had set out on the little creek where Big Johnnie Jones had lived when we came. It was owned by J.E. Stanley and called the Stanley Grove. Just as we walked up near the crowd, someone began to pray. We stopped and as we stood there, Mr. Porter whispered to me. "I don't see him but that is Grandpa McCathern praying." It was, and when Mr. Porter told him that he recognized his voice for it had not changed a bit after more than twenty years, his reply was: "Ah Jimmie, I have always used it in a good cause."
Becky's son, John, still lives north of Sweetwater in Wheeler County, but Becky died in the spring of 1944.
If anyone has any questions, or just wishes to say hi, please feel free to contact me as I am always honored to hear from my family.:)