Months ago I was searching newspaperarchive and I decided to see if I could find some information for John M. Inge, the owner of my slave ancestor Phillis Inge. I typed in his name and I came across this obituary published on August 11, 1923 in the Danville Bee:
1. According to the obituary Irene, or Renie, was born around 1818 and was a slave of Major John Inge. I do know that my great x3 grandmother Rosena, the mother of Phillis, was born around 1820. I am wondering if Irene and Rosena were sisters since they are pretty close in age.
2. Irene Inge married James Pritchett. The wording in the obituary is a little confusing. It states that Irene was a slave of John Inge "as was her husband, James Pritchett, the slave of the slave of the Pritchett family." I wonder if this line was a mistake or was James first a slave of the Pritchett family and later a slave of Mr. Inge, or vice versa. It also made me wonder if this James Pritchett who married Irene came from the same plantation as my ancestor Robert Pritchett. Robert, my great x3 grandfather, and his son Wilson, my great great grandfather, belonged to John James Pritchett according to his slave inventory in 1848.
I decided to do a little research on Irene to see if I could find some sort of lineage. I did a basic search in ancestry using her name, location, and birth year and I found her in the 1920 census:
After hearing all these names like Irene, Patrick, Henry, Douglas, and Susan, I thought I had seen these names together before so I went back and looked at the will of John Inge (dated 1849) and nearly fell on the floor:
"The entire revisionary interest in all my said real estate with appurtenances thereunto belonging, remaining after the determination of the estate in and to the said real property with the appurtenances herein before devised to my wife, also the following Negroes to wit:
Patrick, Susan, Irina, Douglass, Wesley, Sally, Isham, Henry, Jim, Gilbert, Anna
with their future increase and the utensils and fixtures now attached and belonging to my Smithy;"
This entire family is indeed listed in John's will! In the future I will do more digging by researching Patrick and his wife Susan. There is a possibility that Patrick is the father of my great x3 grandmother Rosena. She is mentioned earlier in the will with her children Phillis and Andrew.