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From: "Trevia W Beverly" <>
Subject: Re: [ROOTS-L] Slave Owners ++++ names
Date: Mon, 5 Mar 2007 19:21:22 -0600
<<< the Palmers -- who can be found after the Civil War, with the same
given names as the former owners (presumably) on the censuses, and ... >>>
Anyone researching black families, remember that while we most often think
that a former slave took the name of his master --- not always. Often they
took the name of someone prominent in the community, someone who had
befriended them or someone in public office that they admired - not wanting
to remember the time when they were enslaved.
Two excellent books to begin with is "A Genealogists' Guide to Discovering
Your African-American Ancestors" by Franklin Carter Smith & Emily Anne Croom
(Betterway Books) and Oryx Press' American Family Tees Series - "A Student's
Guide to African American Genealogy" by Anne E. Johnson and Adam Merton
And don't forget slave narratives --- you may think it unlikely that your
slave family had the opportunity to tell his story but you may be surprised
that he did.
Trevia Wooster Beverly
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From: "Kith-n-Kin" <>
To: <>; <>
Sent: Monday, March 05, 2007 5:43 PM
Subject: Re: [ROOTS-L] Slave Owners
> I would certainly be willing to do that -- if I can.
> I know that even as "yeoman farmers" (translate that as 'closer to the
earth than to the bank'), there are
> in some censuses with a number listed by the "slaves." However, without
the critical legal records such
> as wills/probates or other indentures, it is hard to see how that would
help, as you point out.
> The ancestors I have with wills/probates weren't the ones with slaves, and
the ones with slaves have
> already been transcribed and posted on the internet or in other books.
> I had one ancestor who was, as I recall, a tavern owner in New Hampshire,
with a slave. No name. The rest
> were in Virginia, Kentucky, Missouri.
> The only real references I have at hand, with names, are the Palmers --
who can be found after the Civil
> War, with the same given names as the former owners (presumably) on the
censuses, and a few in Missouri,
> identifiable because they have the same last name and were "born in
Kentucky." Several of the Clay
> families have done some work with the Clay descendants, black and white.
> It's a stretch, but I agree, we need to provide all the information we
can. I think the biggest hurdle is
> that not many of us know how to go about it.
> Pat (in Tucson)
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> |Sent: Monday, March 05, 2007 12:00
> |Subject: [ROOTS-L] Slave Owners
> |No offense to anyone. But how many people are willing to find their
> |descendants who were slave owners and put online what they
> |fine ?? It would be nice
> |If they would because as it is very hard to fine African
> |Americans before
> |1865.. Especially since most owners only recorded the gender
> |and age of their
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