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What happened to George W. Hale’s slave, Airy?

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August 17, 2014 by elhseven

According to the Bureau of Land Management, George Washington Hale bought 477 acres between 1859 and 1860. A few years prior to acquiring his land, on March 6, 1854, according to, No Land, Only Slaves – Caddo Parish, he also purchased a female slave name, Airy, who was 16 years old at the time of the sale. George bought her at Robert Hamilton’s estate auction for $800. Fast forward 160 years later and after my “Early Settlers of Caddo Parish Community” blog entry someone communicates that Airy might be the long, lost great, great-grandmother they’ve been looking for. There is also a possibility that Airy gave birth to a daughter named, Mary.

After an exhaustive search, there is very little information available about the lives of Airy or Mary. Calling all Hales who descend from Caddo Parish, if you know anything about Airy/Ary/Airie or Mary, please email me, info (at) redriversankofa dot org.


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