|Frank Trigg, Jr., Legacy Museum, Lynchburg, Virginia|
In the 1870 Census, as part of the Robert William Hughes (1821-1901) estate -- "the place" referred to in Mary Louisa's letter -- that included some of the former Peter Johnston, Jr. (1763-1831) and Charles Clement Johnston (1795-1832) (and Eliza Madison Preston Johnston, 1803-1828) family Panecillo grounds, Eliza Mary Johnston Hughes (1825-1909) and her children are listed, and in addition, there are three people classified as "mulatto" living there, too:
Peter Hope (born 1776) -- hence, 94 years old, exactly the same age mentioned in Mary Louisa's letter. If only we could interview him: born the same year as the Declaration of Independence and still alive after the end of slavery in the USA! Who were his parents? How closely is he related to other family members? When did he die? Where is he buried?
Louisa Saunders (born circa 1852) -- there's a married Louisa Saunders living in Lynchburg, Virginia, in 1880. Same questions for her as for Peter Hope.
Frank Trigg (born circa 1850). Here we can say much more. Frank Trigg, Jr. (1850-1933), was the son of Frank Trigg and Sarah Ann Trigg, who were also classified as mulatto. He married Ellen Preston Taylor (1858-1936) in 1880. The thing to look for now are his recollections of growing up, memoirs or other related documentation.
|Photo by Bernard Fisher, May 26, 2014|
Note: Eliza Mary Johnston Hughes (1825-1909) was taken under the wings, for a time, of John Buchanan Floyd (1806-1863) and Sarah "Sally" Buchanan Preston Floyd (1802-1879). The "personal servants" of the Floyds seem to have been "bequeathed" in some way, formally, or informally, to Eliza, probably after the death of John. There may be legal documentation. Both Eliza and Sally Floyd were living in Abingdon in 1869 and socialized together, as evidenced in the letter from Mary Louisa Mitchell/Michel Binckley at Abingdon, Virginia, to John Milton Binckley at Washington City, dated August 8, 1869, mentioned at the beginning of this post.
Much more to look for.
Original manuscript of the Binckley letter is in the John Milton Binckley Papers, 1816-1943. Library of Congress Manuscript Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA. This is my rough transcription.