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Subject: Re: [SCLANCAS] Elizabeth Demps
Date: Wed, 31 Oct 2007 01:41:37 -0000
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I'm sure by now that you've seen the 1860 Census and that the Elizabeth Demps born in SC in 1790 is mulatto. My Demps ancestors also come from SC, and they are also mulatto. In 1850, most people with the surname Demps are in Franklin Co., North Carolina. In 1860, the only people with the surname Demps on the census are the people in NC associated with Elizabeth Demps, my ancestors in SC (John Demps and family, in Marion co.), and one other NC Demps family. Before 1850, only the surname Dempsey existed. I am still trying to figure out where Demps came from--probably from dropping the "ey" (there were tons of Dempseys in Orangeburg, SC in the early 1800s that were mixed-race families, which is probably why most of the 1850 and 1860 Demps' were mulatto).
Where did your ancestors go from there? Mine headed to Alabama by 1880, but it's an uncommon enough surname that I wonder if we're all connected somehow.
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