Catie WINGFIELD-DORSEYMystery of The Smyrna Church: Retracing Rev. DICKEY’S Historical Footprints

Challenge: Under what conditions was Catie given and/or sold to J.M. Dickey in 1859-60 & which CODY owner was involved in this transaction?
Ancestor(s): 4th Great Grandmother Catherine WINGFIELD DORSEY (b. abt 1850 – d. 1933)
Others: Slaveowners – Robert Donnelson CODY & Rev. James Madison DICKEY
Years: 1859-1865
Tribe(s): Georgia – Wilkes & Warren County
Summary: Mystery of The Smyrna Church: Retracing Rev. DICKEY’S Historical Footprints

QUESTIONS:

  1. Did Minister Dickey purchase Catie or was she loaned by her CODY owner?
  2. Where did Catie go, once Reverend DICKEY left Wilkes in 1862 — still 3 years before Emancipation?
  3. Who Pastored Smyrna Church AFTER Rev. DICKEY? Could Catie have been given to another family in 1862/63?
  4. How did Minister DICKEY cross paths with Catie’s owner anyway? What was their connection?

REFERENCES:

Luckie Daniels – What Reference Materials Do I Need?

  • Estate Inventory for Robert Donelson CODY
  • Will of Robert D. CODY
  • Confirmation of HARDSHELL BAPTIST church attendance by Robert CODY
  • Insurance Policy if Catie was “loaned” to DICKEY
  • Smyrna Church Roster/Minutes
  • DICKEY bible & journal entries [in possession of DICKEY family]

Rev. James Madison DICKEY’S Footsteps:

  • 1850 – a 25 year old James Madison is found living at home with his Father, Mother & Siblings in WALKER County.
  • 1859 – James is living in RICHMOND County {Augusta} at the St. Johns Parsonage. In May, he marries Ann Elizabeth THOMAS EVANS.
  • 1860 – in June, Census records show James Madison living next door to Susan WINGFIELD (owner of my 4th Grandfather James WINGFIELD). He owns 2 slaves – Catie (age.11) & an older woman.
  • 1860/61 – James oversees the reconstruction of The Smyrna Church in Wilkes County.
  • 1862/63 – James is in OGLETHORPE County {Lexington}
  • 1878 – James Madison DICKEY dies in and/or near Augusta, GA.

Question: What else could help? What am I missing?