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great great grandmother Bronson, Sabine County, Texas Georgia, Alabama, Sabine County, Texas oral history

There were two slaves, Reuben and Nelly, who were purchased or inherited by Lydia Lackey Loving, wife of Adam Loving who lived in Wilkes County, Georgia in late 1790's to 1805. Reuben and Nelly are mentioned as being property. They were then taken with the family to Pulaski County/Houston County, Georgia, where Adam Loving died, and in his estate, they were again mentioned in 1815, 1821. They then went with Lydia (who was not allowed to own property as she was part native-american) and her son Manuel W. Loving to Fayette County, Georgia, then were moved or migrated to Taladiga County, Alabama, a "White Creek" reservation, in 1834. Instead of doing the "trail of tears," Manuel signed up to fight in the Revolt with Mexico in 1836 (he served for six days, and went home sick.) He received land in Sabine County, Texas, where he lived until he was murdered on property of neighbors, when he and his sons/nephews had returned home drunk from Oklahoma, on a gold/tin/lead mining expedition for the Army. His wife Elizabeth went to court and widow claimed the land and her two "slaves" Reuben and Nelly, and later freed them when the Civil War was over. They remained with her, and are buried in "Moran-Loving" Cemetery, on private farm land From the courthouse in Hemphill, Texas take FM 83 East 1 block to State Hwy 87. Go North or Left on Hwy 87 for 7 miles to Milam. Continue North on Hwy 87 for 5.2 miles. Turn East or Right on FM 276. Go 3.5 miles to where the road dead ends in a T then turn Right. From this T go 1.1 miles until you reach a road that turns Left. Turn Left and at 0.2 miles take the Right fork. Go another 0.2 mile to the cemetery.

Do not know if Reuben and Nelly ever had children, or if they ever took the surname "Lovin/Loving" as their last name.

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