So rarely do we see a document that bridges the 1870 divide by positively linking a freed person with a surname to the final slaveholder. When we do find a document that bridges that divide, we post it to our 1870 Brick Wall page.
Here is the latest addition to that page: a rations request written by plantation owner Y. Calhoun Cain to the Freedmen’s Bureau sub-agent for Berkeley County, South Carolina. The document reveals that the final slaveholder of Freedman James Jenkins of Pinopolis was Y. Calhoun Cain’s father. Next research steps will be to learn who Y. Calhoun Cain’s father was: