p. 2-4 American settlements began about 1763. In 1776 there were 78 people and about that many slaves in the district. Some of the Americans came down the Ohio and Mississippi to Natchez.
p. 6 English Land Grants in Mississippi: 1768 - 1779. No Hildebrands, Drennen, Herrington or Sullens listed.
|David Hildebrand||at Villa Gayoso|
|King families||at Villa Gayoso|
|William OwensSanta Catalina|
Other American names listed of interest to us: Everett, Graham, King, Lee, Owens, Parker, Williams, Wilson, House
Note: Lyman C. Draper, the historian, interviewed Elizabeth McCourtney who was residing in Franklin Co., MO. She states that she was the daughter of Peter Hildebrand who was killed by Indians and that their uncle, John Hildebrand, was the first pioneer of what is now Jefferson County. When he was driven off for a time because of Indian depredations, she states that he went to Natchez to visit two of his daughters who had married and gone there. This is the reason for our search. We still need better records.
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