1870- Asbery Dunigan age 19 (Is my g-grandfather Asbery Buffington working on the Dunnigan farm, the census list two black men, Louis and Asbery listed as living in the household of Ezekiel Jackson Dunagan. It was common for the census taker to only recorded the head of house surnamee; The face that Elizabeth Buffington is living next door is evident of their close relationship among the Evans, Dunigans, & Buffington as well as Asbery Buffington)
The Asbery Dunagan listed is my great grandfather Asbery Buffington. He was born a slave in the Buffington family in Hall County, GA and was transported to Marshall County, MS via wagon carvan with the family along with Cinn Buffington. Ezekiel Jackson Dunagan married Nancy Evans, daughter of Shopia Buffington and A.M. Evans. He was working on the Dunagan farm at the time, and as often was the practice, the census taker recorded black workers under the same surname as the head of house. I am a direct descendant of Asbery Dunagan/Buffington my DNA profile is on Ancestry. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
This is what I know: Asberry Buffington born a slave abt. 1856 Hall County, Georgia d. 5/221947 Marshall County, Ms.
1850 Hall County, GA Slave Census: Ellis Buffington had 29 slaves all listed as “B”.
Massa Buffington had 5 slaves all listed as “B”.
1860- Hall County, GA Slave Census: W.J. Buffington had 5 slaves 1 “Mu” male age 12 (unlikely Asbery based on age).
Berrian Buffington had 11 slaves 4 Mu/males (The youngest is 15 therefore unlikely to be Asbery) ***There is a note B. Buffington Adm of 10 heirs)
Note by E. Pace - employer (can’t make out the word?) of Buffington owners. He had 20 slaves, 3 Mu/males, 1 Mu/male age 4 (This could be Asbery which leaves the question who are his parents? I’m looking for any information about his parents or siblings from Georgia).
-On the 1850 and 1860 Census William Buffington, Ellis Buffington, Berrian Buffington, A.M. Evans, T. ?. Dennigan, are all neighbors.
Sometime after the civil war about 1866, it is documented that some 30 families came from Hall and Jackson County, GA to Marshall County, MS in a caravan of wagons. Quite a few families came at that time including Buffington, Evans, Dennigan, Gilmore, Gilmers, and Littlejohns
Elizabeth Buffington, Berrian Buffington, William Ellis Buffington, A.M. Evans, E.J. Dunigan all came to MS from GA and bought slaves with them.
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