I am researching the STALLINGS surnamwe. It is my wife's maternal side. Her Family Oral History (FOH) relates the following: her grandfather, John Dennis had his origins in Bradley County, Arkansas and later moved to Wynne, Cross County, Arkansas around 1923. His father's name was Shade or he had a brother named Shade or both his father and brother were named Shade. Shade may have been a free person of color or was favored by his owner (owner took Shade everywhere with him) and was emancipated prior to 1865 and given land. Shade's wife was named Laura STRICKLAND and was a Cherokee Indian who had an opportunity to reside on a reservation but declined the offer. Laura was the midwife in the local area and was very much respected. John Dennis married Martha JACKSON, daughter of Andrew JACKSON and Rhoda McCLAIN. That's what I knew going in.
Setting the record straight: Thanks to a Bradley County researcher (Dena) I've focused on the following family as they appear the 1870 Federal census:
M593-48, Calhoun County, Arkansas, 11 April 1870, Fayette Township, Alex Mason, Assistant Marshall
STALLIONS, Shadek-54-M-B-Labor-No Land-$100 Personal Property-born in N. Carolina- Can't read/write.
, Laura-55-F-B-Georgia-Can't read/write
, George-19-M-B-Louisiana-Can't read/write
, Rosetta-17-F-Louisiana-Can't read/write
, Shadrick-(can't make out the age, but it looks like 10)-M-B-Louisiana-Cant' read/write
Ok. It's taking shape. Perhaps Shade was short for Shadrick. The enumerator is forgiven his spelling. Coming forward to 1880:
NA Film #T9-0039, page 40A, 1880 Federal census, Ouachita Township, Bradley County, Arkansas:
STALYONS, Shadrick Self M 59 Male B NC Farmer NC NC
Lelar Wife M 48 Female Mu AL Keeping -- House
Shadrick Son S 20 Male B LA Labor NC AL
James Son S 13 Male B AR Labor NC AL
Thomas Son S 10 Male B AR Labor NC AL
Martha J.Dau S 9 Female B AR Labor NC AL
Francis Dau S 7 Female B AR NC AL
Dennis Son S 3 Male B AR NC AL
CALLAWAY, Jimey MotherL S 65 Female B Servant AL
RODES, July Other S Female 24 Mu Labor __ __ __
I'm convinced this is my wife's family. Father named Shadrick and a son named Shadrick and my wife's father Dennis and they are in Bradley County, Arkansas. The FOH is proven, for me anyway. Now, to add confirmation.... a surfing I go.
I come up on a STALLINGS web site hosted by Linda F. Harris. Starting with Nicholas and coming forward a significant number of Shadracks (Shadrach) appear. It is in Meshach's, b. abt. 1750, Bute, NC (Elias) line significant information is noted. Meshach's (Nancy Riddick) son Shadrach, b. abt. 1775, Duplin County, NC has a son Wiley, b.1796 (Susan Murphy) who has a son Shadrach, b. 1821 Duplin County, NC. This Shadrach m. Lelar CALLOWAY. Their Children:
George, b. 1854, Louisiana
Shadrack, b. abt. 1860, Louisiana
James, b. abt. 1867, Ark.
Martha, J. b. about 1870, Ark.
Frances, b. abt. 1873, Missouri
Dennis, b. abt. 1877, Ark.
Is this the same family shown in the 1870 and 1880 Arkansas Federal census above? I'd be hard pressed to say no. Pauline Mitchell Pierce notes in a post at Stallings Family Genealogy Forum that Wiley moved to Thomas County, Georgia; Microfilm # M432-83, Division 81, Thomas County, Georgia:
21 179 179 Stallings, Wiley 56 M W Farmer 300 NC
22 Susan 49 F W
23 Josiah 19 M W
24 Timothy 14 M W
25 Mary 12 F W
26 Charles 9 M W
27 Susan 5 F W
Slave Inhabitants in District 81, County of Thomas, State of Georgia, 1850:
Wiley STALLINGS: 1 59 F
1 19 F
1 4 F Mu
1 2 M Mu
Attention is again focused on the FOH. Could Wiley have had a slave concubine who was Shade's mother? With the aid of Federal census I have a handle on my wife's family from 1900 to present, well almost. Comments, thoughts, clarification, additions, exclusions, and plain old help from 1870 back is welcomed.