A few years ago Alex Haley awakened the African American People with a sense of wanting to know what their family origins (roots) were. Many of us have unconsciously thought of this but have never taken the time to ask our parents, grandparents or fore fathers about where we came from.
I am one of those who have thought about this and tried to trace my Bias family roots. I started with myself and progressed backward as far as I could. At times I could have kicked myself for not asking more about my family while many of my ancestors were living. My grandmother used to tell her grandkids about some of the old tales that were told to her as a child. We would sit around with our mouths opened in wonderment while she told of nightriders, today’s Klan. As I look back I wish that I could have had a tape recorder, but in that time there was no such thing. In fact radios were just coming into age for us in southwest Louisiana.
With all that aside, we were able to establish that the parents of John S. Bias were not known, however, we were able to assemble a ancestral chart of his family. John had siblings: All of their names were not known but some were: Solomon, Emily, Zephr, Giles and Henderson Bias. I believe that there are others but so far we have not been able to make an association with our family.
I am looking for anyone with the Bias surnames and may have roots in Southwestern Louisiana or Acadiana.
The 2011 Bias Family Reunion will be held in Lake Charles, Louisiana in June 2011. We thank the Lake Charles Bias family members for a great job of hosting. We met many new family members. Our next reunion will be hosted by the Opelousas group headed by Ms. Audrey Mayfield. Information will be forthcoming. You may view many Bias members on Facebook.
- Bias Family Tree (108 KB)
This is a tree of the Bias Family in SW Louisiana. If you have information that can help to validate or add to this tree, please contact me at my email or mailing address.
- John C. Bias at Father's Day abt 1971 (81 KB)
John reading card :Daughter Nebraska and & Wava Granddaughter
- Decendents of Nick Bias (114 KB)
L-R: Sharon Bias Rawls, Unk, Dr. Cornell West, Irene Bias West, Tanoa Rawls, Unknown
- Reunion 2003 Reunion (133 KB)
One of youngest Bias Family Members
- Izamae Bias (6 KB)
This photo taken from a glass plate collection at USL, Lafayette, La. Izamae was about 15 years of age. Her nickname was Tulu
- 2009 Bias Reunion Photo (192 KB)
Bias members receiving City of Crowley proclamation
- John Bias & Clara Lyons (107 KB)
An extract of the marriage license of John Bias and Clara Lyons
- Aaron Hill, Bias Historian (363 KB)
Aaron Hill, Bias Website and Historian
- Aaron & Lillie (99 KB)
Aaron & Lillie Hill--Photo taken at church services. This photo replaces an earlier photo of my USAF service
- 15th Bias Familu Photos (94 KB)
Bias 2009 Family Reunion members receiving awards
- John Bias and his 15 children (295 KB)
Photo taken at family gathering in early 50's. John C. Bias was the grandson of John S. Bias and the son of Manson Bias.
- Nick Bias (82 KB)
Photo provided by Colinda Bias. She states that Nick was a always dress to the nine.
- John Bias (4 KB)
John Bias Family Reunion in 1970's
- Kelly L. Bias on his favorite horse (226 KB)
Kelly as he rode in the International Rice Festival, Crowley, La. in the late 1930's. He was the one and only black cowboy to ride in the festival and all would wait for him to appear and have his horse perform.
- Charlie & Emma Bias (152 KB)
Photo provided by Wade Bias. Emma is one of Charlie's three wives
- Hannah Bias Guidry (6 KB)
Hannah Bias was the second daughter of John C. and Julia "Young" Bias, She was born in 1913
- Manson Bias Holding His Great-greatgrandson, Dane (85 KB)
Photo taken in June 1955. Manson the son of John S. Bias, circa 1848. Manson was born in St. Landry Parish, La. around 1876. Photo was taken of him holding Dane E. Hill, my son (first and fifth Generation). Location was Robert's Cove, La.
- Arthur Moore Bias (155 KB)
Arthur Moore is one of twins born to Charlie Bias. Photo furnished by Wade Bias
- Evora Waver Bias (71 KB)
Evora Bias, daughter of Avery Bias and Granddaughter of Charlie Bias. Evora was born about 1893 or 1894 in Crowley, La. Photo furnished by Robert Hunter.
- Registration 2003 Bias Family Reunion (245 KB)
Vickie & Sister, Sharee preparing to register family members for the 2003 Bias Reunion held in Crowley, La, Jul 2003
- Leaze Bias (25 KB)
Leaze Bias, wife of Manson Bias and the mother of my grandfather, John C. Bias. Leaze maiden name was Sinnette. Place of birth believed to be in St.Landry Parish, La. She was born about 1870. Leaze also know as "Maw" was a mid-wife and delivered more than 50 babies in the Acadia Parish area.