On August 5th, 1868, J C Abeel was asked to supply rations and fuel to the 'infirm former servants of R E Lee'. They were living on land alloted to them on the Arlington Estate in the vicinity of the Freedmans' Village in the District of Colombia.
Clem Norris age 85~born c1783
Sallie Norris age 78~born c1790
Lawrence Parks age 80~born c1788
Austin Brannin age 74~born c1794
Estella Brannin age 60~born c1808
Charles Syphax age 78~born c1790
Louisa Bingham age 65~born c1803
In the 1870 US Federal Census there is a Sallie Norris living in Alexandria with Leonard Norris and Lesley Norris and the Hoffman family, Sarah, Edward & Arcelia, all recorded as people of colour. I cannot confirm if this is the same Sallie Norris who was enslaved by the Lee family.
On Oct. 23rd 1868, Charles Syphax is once again mentioned in correspondence between Elias Plummer and General Howard. The letter states that Charles Syphax has been renting 10 acres of land on the Arlington Estate, west of the canal.
Reference is also made to the above freed people in April 1867 when E B Gates wrote that 'it is expedient' that they be allowed to continue to live with their relatives and not be removed to the 'Home'.
This research was conducted as a contribution to the #SlaveNameRollProject in hope that families may be reunited with their ancestors. If you can add any information to what became of this family which might assist their descendants in connecting to them, you are welcome to do so in the comments box below.
District of Colombia, Freedmans' Bureau, Local Superintendant for Washington & Georgetown
1870 US Federal Census, Virginia
Charles Syphax on the Arlington Estate