Saturday, August 26, 2017

An Eigner/Suber Tragedy

On the eve of Christmas 1903, Samuel Eigner 22 years old, was walking down town Newberry, S.C., to watch the festive sky filled with fireworks. A Roman candle caught Samuel in the eye and exploded. It penetrated his brain after which he was killed instantly. The tragedy didn’t end there. Within that year, Samuel’s wife Florence, age 20 died of Brights disease (Kidney failure) on July 30, 1903. His twins were born on November 26, 1902 and delivered by Harriet Counts. The twins died in a fire.

Perdita Suber, Samuel’s mother was left to grieve. Perdita sued J. Guy Daniels for $5,000 for the death of her son. It was Daniels who set off the rocket. The jury brought in a verdict in favor of J. Guy Daniels. Of course.

According to my research, I believe Morgan Eigner was Samuel’s father.

There are a few places to read more about those tragic happenings. If you visit the South Carolina Department of Archives and History in Columbia, S.C., ask for a large book called the Sheriff’s Inquisition. You’ll have to go through the book page by page because I’ve forgotten the page number where I found the inquisition for Samuel Eigner’s death.

Information about Perdita Suber’s case can be found at the Newberry, SC Library on page 8 of the Newberry, Observer in the June 14, 1904 issue and on page 8 of the July 14, 1905 issue.

Prior to all of the afore mentioned tragedy, I found one other story that involved Samuel Eigner. In the Newberry Observer issue January 17, 1901, Lottie Jackson was shot in the mouth by Samuel. It was a flesh wound. He was fined $50 or 30 days on the public roads. He worked the roads.

Does Anyone recognize those names or have any of you ever heard that story before? Please let me know.   

Sunday, July 6, 2014


A few years ago while searching for my ancestors who were of a combined African and Native American heritage, I felt guilty having to plow pass names of those who weren't of my family. To plow pass them meant to leave them behind without telling anyone they had been seen. I don't like that feeling. Because though they are gone, the fact that they had names means that they were once somebody. They once belonged. Most likely their descendants are here now and possibly searching for them as I search for my ancestors. 

A few years ago I took up the tedious task of documenting families that I had found while searching for my own. I remember racing home from work - exhausted - throwing on dinner, and then planting myself at the computer for another five hours. This went on for what seemed like forever. Most of that time I didn't find my family at all. However, I made sure I didn't leave anyone else's family behind. I put all of that data into two e-books that can be bought through Barnes and Noble and

In my book CHOCTAW MINOR FREEDMEN ENHANCED, I've provided a unique combination of information. I didn't just list the names of Choctaw minor freedmen, I cross-referenced the information given and found the names of their parents' parents, uncles, aunts, step-siblings, and in some cases cousins. Some of the most exciting finds are the Indian Tribal Numbers for each family member - if they had one. The names of slaveowners are also listed. Many of the families had information on both the Choctaw and Chickasaw rolls.

The information is vast! Though there is no index for names in my books, a search is made easy with e-books. All one has to do is to click on FIND and enter a full name or merely a surname and voila! If the name you're searching for is in the book, it will take you right to it.

Here's a sample from the book:

Minor Choctaw Freedmen Enhanced
Card #2
Residence: Choctaw Nation
Post Office: Boggy Depot, I.T.
Roll #155
Name: Cleio Butler
Age: 2
Sex: Female
Father: W. H. Butler
Father’s Roll #2266
Mother: Malsie Butler
Mother’s Roll #4801
Born: July 14, 1904
For Father's enrollment see Choctaw Freedman Roll Card #1083
For Mother's enrollment see Choctaw Freedman Roll Card#1083
Remarks: Father enrolled as William H. Butler #1 Choctaw Freedman Card #1083

Father - William H. Butler - Tribal #645 - Owner: David Folsom
William H. Butler’s Father: Semon Butler
Simon Butler’s Mother: Nancy Butler - Owner: David Folsom
Mother - Malsie (Molsie) Butler - Tribal #3553
Malsie (Moslie) Butler’s Father: Alex Foster
Alex Foster’s Mother: Salina Mahardy - Owner: George Presley
Note: Surname Foster may also be Forrester

Bessie      F        (Born: June 29, 1889)
Roggie     F        (Born: March 30, 1893)
Vivial       F        (Born: February 3, 1897)

Wadie      M       (Born: September 30, 1898)


 Head: Thomas, Carolina –  Age: 75 - Birth Place: Florida

(Father’s Blood: Seminole – Mother’s Blood: Seminole)
Wife: Thomas, Nellie – Age 55 - Birth Place: Indian Terr
(Father’s Blood: Seminole – Mother’s Blood: Seminole)
Daughter: Thomas, Becky – 18 - Birth Place: Indian Terr
Daughter: Thomas, Tenny – 15 - Birth Place: Indian Terr
GDaughter: Payne, Louisa – 13 - Birth Place: Indian Terr
(Father’s Blood: Seminole - Mother’s Blood: Seminole)

GDaughter: Thomas, Nellie – Born Unknown Age 11 - Birth Place: Indian Terr
(Father’s Blood: Seminole - Mother’s Blood: Seminole)
GSon: Thomas, Peter – Age 10 - Birth Place: Indian Terr
(Father’s Blood: Seminole - Mother’s Blood: Seminole)
GSon: Thomas, Jacky – Age 8 - Birth Place: Indian Terr
(Father’s Blood: Seminole - Mother’s Blood: Seminole)
GDaughter: Thomas, Molly – Born: June 1898 - Birth Place: Indian Terr
(Father’s Blood: Seminole - Mother’s Blood: Seminole)
GSon: Thomas, Levi – Born: April 1900 - Birth Place: Indian Terr
(Father’s Blood: Creek - Mother’s Blood: Seminole)
GSon: Thomas, Sherman – Born: April 1900 - Birth Place: Indian Terr
(Father’s Blood: Seminole - Mother’s Blood: Seminole)

I hope these book can be of some aid to your family research. I'm gearing up to putting another book together! We're all family and we should all help one another.  

PLEASE CLICK on the links below for order information:

Monday, December 30, 2013

The Eigners - My Family's Story

The Eigner family descended from the Ibu tribe in Africa. The family began back in the days of slavery when the state of Virginia was in the business of breeding slaves. The first known member of the family was a woman named Adeline. There is not much history on Adeline's life before her arrival in Virginia, however, what we do know is what followed in her life after the birth of her first child, John.

John was sold at birth to a slave buyer from South Carolina named Eigner. In those days people traveled by wagon, buggy, etc. They started from Virginia one night and made camp in the next morning. John's mother followed him to each camp to nurse him. That happened several mornings until they decided that they would never get home, and so they also bought the mother of the baby boy.

John grew to manhood and never took a whipping. He was a talented cabinet maker, shoe cobbler, basket maker, and a good field hand. He was too valuable to be killed.

John saved his money and bought his mother so that she could be a free woman. Later he married Nancy (Horsey) Suber, a part Indian girl who was a slave of the Suber Family. Her father's name was Horsey.

John and Nancy were the parents of  eight children; three boys named John Riley, David and Orlando and five girls named Adeline, Annie, Idella, Mae and Ella. his children and his children's children all called him daddy.

John Eigner loved to attend church and would walk about eight miles on Sunday to attend a white Baptist church where he had to sit in the gallery along with the other slaves. The slaves did not have a church of their own and he always longed for a church for black people.

When freedom came, he was given land by the Henderson family to build a home for himself and his family. Instead, he built a church which was named Fellowship because he wanted everyone to fellowship together and worship God in their own way. Fellowship Baptist Church has come from its humble beginning as a brush arbor to the present edifice located in Pomaria, South Carolina.

Here is a photo of my 2nd Great-Grandfather Orlando Eigner. Orlando is the son of John Eigner. In the photo of my Great-Grand Uncle Asa and his family; Asa is Orlando's son.