I suspect my great-grandmother may have arrived in South Carolina as an indentured servant early in the 19th century. I believe she was of Scotch/Irish origin. Any ideas where I might find evidence of her arrival and servitude?
I should have written that the person, whose name was Sarah Beckham, was my 3rd great grandmother. That she was of Scotch/Irish origin comes to me as undocumented oral history from another of her descendants and there is no information about when or from where she came. I have been unable to find her in any census or immigration records available through ancestry.com. The one solid piece of information I have is a newspaper report of her death in Camden, SC in 1894 at age 98. The possibility that she had been indentured is a wild guess on my part. I do know that she had a least two daughters, who used the surname Johnson. One of these was my 2nd great grandmother. There is strong evidence that their father was a black man. If Sarah was in an illicit interracial relationship she would have had ample reason to keep a low profile and avoid all contact with officialdom, including the federal marshals and their deputies who were the 19th century census takers.