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I, and everyone else in my family, have hit a wall in trying to find any information regarding Caroline Hawsey. She can be found on the 1860 census of Conecuh County, Alabama along with her husband (no marriage record that I can find) John and her children. There is also a Caroline Hausey listed in the same census with a husband, James. This is not the same person even though a few of their children have the same names as my Caroline.
The family story is that Caroline, born circa 1822, was a "Blackfoot" (don't know whether Lakota, which is the favored thought, or Blackfoot Nation) from the Black Hills. She was kidnapped sometime around 1847 with a group of women and was sold into slavery. They think her sister may have been kidnapped as well. I was told that she was released when her master died and then married a local farmer. I have no idea who her master could have been. The really troubling part is that she is ONLY found on the 1860 census. There is no record of her before or after. On the 1870 census, there is a woman named Sarah in her place. I cannot find any information regarding Caroline before or after 1860. I would love to know if our family story is true. I would love any and all information possible!