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Census research- John Pyle Kaufman Co, TX 1870s South Carolina, then GA, MS and Texas Research - census, family research

In 1860 John Pyle, a white widower farmer of 65 in Kaufman Co, TX, held two enslaved women and four boys. The women, ages 38 and 28, were classified by the census enumerator as black. Their boys, ages 19, 14, 6 and 2 months old, were all classified as mulatto. I believe all those boys were Pyle's natural sons. John Pyle had been widowed since 1851.

In the 1870 census, after Pyle's death, a 10-yr-old black boy named Tom Pyle was included in the household of John's oldest son Samuel Pyle, also in Kaufman Co, TX. Tom was listed "at home". No mother was listed with him. I think this is the last son of John Pyle. Samuel Pyle was his white half-brother and took care of him. Other white half brothers in Kaufman County were James and Jonathan Pyle. In 1880 in the town of Kaufman, TX, a young black man of 20, named Jefferson Pyle, was listed as boarding with a black couple and going to school. I believe he was the same person as Tom Pyle. Perhaps his full name was Thomas Jefferson Pyle, or perhaps he named himself Jefferson as a young man. It was exciting to see that he went on to school.

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