Finding Eliza

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By , November 22, 2017 8:41 am

This is the 1874 guardianship document that made the orphaned 13 year old Robert Norris a ward of Jasper C. Mixon, the nephew of his former slave owner. This is where I discovered that Robert’s mother was named Eliza Mixon. Aunt Jean always said that Robert was “given away” but she thought it was to someone named Norris and that’s how he got his name. She had the essence of the story right but not the facts.



Here’s the transcript of the guardianship papers (see image above) for Robert Norris that names Eliza Mixon as his mother. Becky (Becca) Mixon who was raising him and died is probably his aunt and Henry Mixon (Small) is probably his 1st cousin.

The State of Alabama ~~ Wilcox County.

KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS, That we Jasper C. Mixon, James C. Gross and T.W. Price are held and firmly bound unto John T. Cook, Judge of the Probate Court of said county, and his successors in office, in the penal sum of One Hundred Dollars, for the due and faithful performance of which sum, well and truly to be made, we bind ourselves, our Heirs, Executors and Administrators, jointly and severally, firmly by the Presents.

Sealed with our Seals, and dated this 25th day of February A.D. 1874 (1874)

THE CONDITION of the above Obligation is such; That, Whereas, the above bound Jasper C. Mixon has been duly appointed Guardian of the person of Tom Mixon over the age of fourteen years, and Henry and Robert Mixon. (Henry the son of Becky Mixon and Robert the son of Eliza Mixon) The said Henry and Robert being under fourteen years of age.

NOW, THEREFORE, Should the said Jasper C. Mixon we and truly do and perform all the duties which are or may be required of him by law as such Guardian of the three boys as aforesaid then this obligation to be void, else to be and remain in full force and effect.

Approved, this 27th day of February 1874
John T. Cook
Judge of Probate

Jasper C. Mixon
James C. Gross
T.W. Price

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