I'd like to add the surname EASLEY to the early area of Carroll County, Mississippi searches.
Two men in particular are of interest to me, who both seem to have been born in the mid/late 1820s and were first reported in the northern and southern divisions of Carroll County in 1850. They are my most distant ancestor, James Robert Easley, who was born in 1826/1827 and married Mahala Caroline Butler then moved to Vicksburg, and another man around the same age, John W. Easley, who was married to Lousia McKenzie and had two children (Florence and Julien) before he disappears completely from public record. They were both living in Carroll County in the northern and southern division in 1850 (Robert Easley living with the Ledbetter family and John W. living with his wife Louisa), both say they were born in Mississippi.
I was hoping maybe something could be found on who their parents were. No one has any idea about who these men are, or what Easley they came from. They also were both apparently river boat and steam boat pilots, I believe they were brothers or cousins, or something, and I believe their father most likely did the same thing, since that seems to be an occupation that is learned from father to son. The point is that my family have no idea who their parents were. We do know that they were Easley sons, since my yDNA came back as a perfect Easley match from several different companies.
I was wondering if there was any information on any Easley's in the Carroll County area in the 1820's, possibly someone who was a boatman or owned boats that brought settlers up river during the settling of Mississippi. It's just a huge brick wall for me, and I keep coming up with nothing paying genealogists, they just keep sending me back information I already know and can easily find on the internet. Was hoping I might have better luck with someone there on the ground in Mississippi. I need to find out who James Robert Easley's father was.
Anyway, I guess anything you can find on any Easleys or river boatmen around Carroll County in the 1820s and 1830s would be great. I don't even know what services are available, but this has been something that's stumped a lot of people in my family for a long time. Even if you know someone, a serious genealogist there in Mississippi, that you could put me in touch with, that would also be a great help. Thanks.