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Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2007 16:52:23 -0700

In further reply to what has been written - -

Paul Heinegg's book, Free African Americans of Virginia, North and South Carolina is where I am assuming the information about Esther Perkins' came from that formed the question of this posting.

If people are interested, it probably is well to read the information in context of the book which is online at, which gives information about Esther's children, and grandchildren, and that may well be clues to solving the question about her family.

Paul Heinegg's work indicated that Esther may have been white, and that the colonial laws of Virginia would have forbidden her to marry as she was in all probability indentured, as were her children. Her children were sometimes enumerated as mulatto, which would indicate mixed ancestry.

Her descendants thought a great deal of her, as the name carried through the line, including one family named a daughter, Queen Esther, as I do, as I am one of her "children."

Pat Ash

> Date: Tue, 10 Apr 2007 15:09:24 -0700> From: > To: > Subject: [PERKINS] ESTHER PERKINS> > Hi, from what you indicated below, she may have been a slave. Most slaves took on their masters family name when set free, etc. > > There are many black American Perkins who descended from slaves originating from the original settlements in MA, RI and VA. That is why you may be having trouble locating information on her. > > You may want to consult history books about the slave trade or Google information on organizations that have dedicated time to recovering slave heritage (ex. African, Caribbean). I have heard of individuals doing this type of very difficult research, its just a matter of hooking up with them or locating books they have published, etc.> > Best of luck, Michelle> > wrote:> > Anyone have info on Granny Esther?> > Esther Perkins, born say 1710, was in Accomack County on 8 December 1730 > when Thomas Blair, Gentleman (her master?), paid her fine for having a bastard > child [Orders 1724-31, 201, 115a]. Esther died before 1 June 1748 when her > son Jacob was bound apprentice in Accomack County: "Mulatto Boy Son of Esther Perkins, deced" [Orders 1744-53, 273].> > > > > ************************************** See what's free at>; > -------------------------------> To unsubscribe from the list, please send an email to with the word 'unsubscribe' without the quotes in the subject and the body of the message> > > -------------------------------> To unsubscribe from the list, please send an email to with the word 'unsubscribe' without the quotes in the subject and the body of the message

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