On August 9, 1865, Edward Tate of Clark County married Margaret Tate of Clark County in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.
Arkadelphia is the county seat of Arkansas and is situated at the foot of the Ouachita Mountains. In 1870 it had a population of 948.
Edward was aged 25 at the time of the marriage and described as Dark. He had lived with another woman for 4yrs and is described as having been separated by adultery. Edward and this unnamed woman had 3 children together.
Margaret, a Black woman was aged 28, her mother was described as Light. Margaret had lived with another man for 5yrs and they had 2 children together, Margaret was separated from her previous partner by 'being sold'.
At the time of their marriage they had not been united with their children.
The minister at their marriage was PM Carmichael, Justice of the Peace.
In 1865, probably December, Ned Tate, his wife Margaret and 1 child were in an employment contract with Randolph Brown. Arkadelphia for Board, Medical Aid? and $10.50 per annum. The record also has a note which says '#Cancelled by written order'
It is interesting to note that Randolph Brown married Emily C Tate on Nov. 20 1849 in Clark County, Arkansas
In 1870, Ned & Margaret were living in Missouri Township, Clark County with Edward Tate age 10, Culler/Cullis Tate age 8 and Simon Tate age 20.
This snapshot of Ned & Margaret Tate's life throws up a number of questions.
Were they ever reunited with all their children?
Could there be a bill of Sale which identifies Margaret or her previous partner?
Was Randolph Brown or Emily Tate's father their previous slaveholder?
Why was the labour contract cancelled?
Was Margaret's mother the daughter of a slaveholder?
This research was undertaken as a contribution to the #SlaveNameRollProject at slavenamerollproject.blogspot.ie/ in hopes that families can reunite.
1870 US Federal Census
Marriage Record 1865
Labour Contact 1865
Possible Death Date 1923
Brown/Tate marriage 1849
Randolph Brown & Family 1870