I have found that it is quite difficult to
trace African American Families beyond the 1870's mainly because of
slavery, but also because of the like of required census taking for slaves in prior
decades. Therefore, much research is required to accurately
document our ancestors history.
With that being said... my research to find the Father's of
Louisa's children has revealed that Louisa was married to Robert Boxley, but also had another partner according to the
certificate of Josephine Spriggs Anderson who was
using the name "Josephine Boxley" in the1880
census. This document indicated that Josephine's
father was Dave Spriggs and helped me verify that Josephine and
David were indeed Spriggs while Jeff, Winnie, Eliza and Jane were
documented and known by younger generations to be Boxleys...
all children of Louisa. Of course it will probably never
be know who the actual fathers of the children were because we
are identifying children that were born into slavery between the
1830's and 1850's.