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African American connections to the family of John Poe and Sarah Threet



John Poe (1785-1859)


The First Distributive Settlement of the estate of John Poe states there were 11 slaves valued at $7,750.00

John’s estate included the following slaves:


Wilot                           48

Elizer                          19


The will has:

Elizabeth                    11 (?)

and child Dilsy           2

Isham                          15

Hicks                          9

Lewis                          6

Henry                          13

Winney                       9

Catherine                   9

Melissa                       5


Specifically left to Sarah Threet Poe, widow

Bob and wife Martha






The estate of Thomas Poe, son of John Poe included these individuals (some inherited from his father).





Henry              27        $1000

Mary                35        $800

Wilson                        14

Katherine       8          $500

George           10        $500

Green             6          $400

Anthony          2          $250

Rhody             1          $150

Harriett           3          $200

Hannah           1          $50



Some of the above may appear in the Census records. They appear to have been with the Poe family since they were located in Anson County, North Carolina


1870 Grant County, Arkansas census

(This appears to be Bob and wife Martha mentioned in the slave list, although the 1880 census seems confusing in regard to ages)

Robert Poe    42 (B) Farmer           NC

Martha            37


Catherine       17

Melissa           16

Lucinda          14

Munton            10

Robert            9


(Also from slave list)

Elizer Poe      27

Gilsy                11

Nelson            8

Lewis              15


Harriet Poe    24 (B) AL Keeping House for Jasper Pumphrey

Elizer Poe      51 (B) AL

Emeline          8


1880 Grant County, Arkansas census


Robert Poe (B)                      54        NC

Martha (Mulato)         61        NC

Robert Jr (Mulato)     21        AR (parents NC)


Newton Poe (B)         22        AR (parents NC)

Mary B.(Mu)               21        AR (parents DK and VA) <- not sure what DK stands for


[ Note: Newton Poe m. Mary McCoy 15 January 1880]


Nelson Poe (B)          17        AR (parents DK AL)

Eliza (B)                     40        mother AL (DK DK)

Dilsy (B)                     22        sister

[Note: Dilsy Poe m. Jack Hood 27 January 1881]


Lewis Poe (B)           23        AR (parents AL AL)

Elizabeth (B)              24

William H. (B)            3

Sarah F. (B)               3/12


Hicks Poe (B)            27

Mary (B)                     24

Harriet                        30 sister

Emma                         18 sister

[Note: Hicks Poe m. Mary Cobb 18 December 1879]



I am certain the African American Gilbert Poe in the Indian Territory Census of 1900 is the same Gilbert Poe  in Pulaski Co, AR in 1880 and listed in the will of John Poe in 1859.

The age of 35 in 1880 fits the age of 55 for the Indian Territory Gilbert Poe in 1900. And, clearly we see wife Caroline and Lewis, age 8 in 1880, is next in the 1900 census at 27. Maybe some time a descendant of Gilbert or Lewis or other sons and daughters will find this data, on my site or independently. I always wonder what stories about their past with the white Poe may have been handed down orally or maybe documented.

Another former slave I want to track is Robert Poe. He was 42 in 1870. He and wife were born in North Carolina. In the 1870 census we see that most children were "at school". I know that Robert is one of the folks who for quite a while stayed nearby the old Poe farm in Grant (Saline) Co. AR where he had been a slave under John Poe.

Gilbert among list of slaves willed to wife Sarah (Threet)

I'm sure Gilbert can be found in other census data, and I hope to find it. This man seems to have been determined to strike out and be successful. Gilbert is listed as a farmer in Indian Territory and his son is a laborer. Son Lewis is a day laborer -- probably on his father's or nearby farms.



Other African American Poe Families




     MRS. AUSTRALIA HUNGARY PAICELY HAYNES, the daughter of Roland R. and VIOLA POE PAICELY, was born March 28, 1921 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

     She was a product of the Indianapolis Public School System. She attended the Philander Smith College for one year after graduating from Crispus Attucks High School.

     In 1981, she became an active member of Broadway United Methodist Church. She dearly loved her church activiities, which included being a member of the Sunday School, the Senior Choir and she was an accomplished organist and pianist. MRS. HAYES enjoyed classical music. Choruses and Anthems were also her favorites. She was a member of the Toast Mistress Club.

     AUSTRALIA was the organist for Little Bethel Baptist Church for thirty-three years (1961-1994) in additional to being active at Broadway United Methodist Church.

     MRS. HAYES retired from the Military Pay Division at the United States Army Finance and accounting Center at Fort Benjamin Harrison after twenty-nine years in 1981.

     MRS. AUSTRALIA HUNGARY PAICELY HAYES departed this earthly life on February 9, 2004. her parents, her husband, Willie E. Hayes, one son, Chappel Roland Hayes, one brother, David Randolph Paicely and one sister, Lavonia Paicely Drew all preceded her in death.

     MRS. HAYES's immediate survivors include two sons, Sidney Edgar Hayes and Wiley Augustus Hayes; two granddaughters, Kimberly Haskins and Sele Nadel-Hayes; and one geat granddaughter, Alexandria Whatley.

     She is also survived by two brothers, Clifford Morris Paicely and Sydney louis Paicely; two sisters, Sharon veronica Paicely Robinson and Furniss "Fern" S. Paicely and a daughter-in-law, Nancy Nadel Hayes. She will be missed by a host of nephews, nieces and many friends.



Floral Park Cemetery

Indianapolis, Indiana, Saturday 14, 2004