This is going to be a long and ongoing process and I will need as much help as you, my fellow researchers, can provide me in order to make any headway at all. The chances of 100% success likely range between slim and none -- but I feel it is imperative that we at least try!
At this point I think it's time to provide more detailed information on Edmund Wells and
the slaves he held in the two censuses he was alive for, then see what we can extrapolate
from the subsequent census years. The data for 1846 is taken from Edmund Wells' will. The
data for 1850 is from the household of David C. Wells and the data for 1860 is from the Thomas
D. Perry household as that is where Sarah Wells was living then. The oldest male slave listed
for Thomas D. Perry is 25 so apparently Washington is no longer associated with them for
|1830||Age Bracket||1840||Age Bracket||1846||1850||Age||1860||Age|
It would appear that David Wells got out of the slave holding business by 1860. His mother is living with daughter Martha & her husband Thomas D. Perry by then.
Let's look at Chaney's records over the available years (1840-80) now. The 1840 data is from Benjamin Caudill's household and for 1850 and 1860 from the widow's household. The 1870 data is from Chaney Caudill's household and the 1880 data is from Harris Howard's and Hiram Collins' households, the latter of which has Chaney listed as white, as mentioned above, and as 40 when she should be nearer 46 if not 48. Chaney Caudill married Hiram Collins 10 April 1873 with daughter Margaret as one of the witnesses. Margarett and Milton Caudill are living in the Howard household in 1880. Have no idea what became of Chaney's youngest daughters from the 1870 census. All the children listed in the Hiram Collins household are his by his previous marriage.
|Name||Sex||1840 Age |
|1850 Age||1860 Age||1870 Age||1880 Age|
Note: I can't as yet include Peggy or Milton Caudill in the index as they were born after 1850 and I'm concentrating on 1850 at the present time (although for purposes of uncovering names I'll deal with whatever years and censuses that I have to).