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Subject: Re: [APG] Survey of Slave Surnames
Date: Sat, 13 Jun 2009 21:34:52 -0500
References: <138619.4769.qm@web301.biz.mail.mud.yahoo.com>
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Adrian, I did click on "Somerset NJ" On the left. That led me to the list,
but not to transcriptions of the manumissions.

??
Elizabeth


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Subject: Re: [APG] Survey of Slave Surnames


Elizabeth, click on Somerset NJ on the left. That first page is set up in
case I find more for other areas. I should add a bit of text on that page,
give me a minute, that should help.

Adrian

--- On Sat, 6/13/09, <> wrote:

> From: <>
> Subject: Re: [APG] Survey of Slave Surnames
> To:
> Date: Saturday, June 13, 2009, 8:20 PM
> Adrian, thanks for pointing us to
> your website. You've done a valuable
> service posting this material. One question: I found the
> list of
> manumissions under your "Somerset County" link, but I
> didn't find the
> "transcribed" manumissions. I also got a blank page when I
> clicked on the
> link labeled "manumissions."  Am I missing something?
>
> Well, now, I thought of a second question . . . You wrote:
>
> >When I trascibed the Somerset County NJ manumissions to
> my website ... I
> also noticed that it was rare that a slave took their
> owners surname.
>
> Presumably, there's more in the full transcription than in
> the list I
> accessed; but working from the list alone, it's obvious
> that a few of the
> manumitted slaves were known by surnames prior to
> manumission. As was
> typically the case, those names *aren't* the names of the
> family to which
> they belonged. (When slaves were accorded surnames during
> their bondage, it
> was almost always the name of a former owner--or the name
> of a parent which
> was derived from some other owner.) What I'm wondering is
> how you determined
> what name they took after they were freed (something that
> almost never
> appears in the manumission record). Is this part of a
> larger study in which
> you are tracking down each of these to, perhaps, see how
> they fared as
> freedmen?
>
>
> Elizabeth
>
> -------------------------------------------------------
> Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG
> APG member, Tennessee
>
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