A place called Tensas Parish
Through out my family research, I discovered the Tensas Parish is signifacant. I have traced my 4th great grandfather in the Tensas Parish. He goes by the name Mike Emerson, born in 1809 in Kentucky. Just by doing a google search I found state archives of his marriage record and land deeds in the 1870′s. During the month of July, 2012 I made a trip to Newellton, Louisiana where he once reside. Still to this day I have first cousins of my father still living there. There are 3 different sides of my family that I found once lived in Tensas Parish. My great grandfather Willie Davis and Mary Reed, my second great grandmother on my paternal side once was a slave in the 1850′s. She was stripped away from her family after they were sold. The slave owner had thought she was too small and called her a runt. Her cousin York Reed had than took her in. After the civil war she moved to Mississipi and started a union with a Green Anderson. Loucinda and Dave Baker are relatives from my maternal side and once lived in this parish as well. One thing that stood out is that my family mention the Moss Grove plantation. On the land my great uncle owns, cotton once was grown there. It made me wonder how long ago slaves may have been share croppers there. The town was nothing like the cities when I arrived there. I have never seen a town so undeveloped, it had seem if I was time traveling back to the Jim Crow days. One thing I found out is that most of the people who resides there are family. Some of the young family members didn’t know how closely related we are. I have discovered so much on my family tree, that it had lead me to take the ancestry DNA test. My family in Newellton has given me the impression of how tight knit families are in the South.