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AfriGeneas Genealogy and History Forum Archive 2

Re: Genealogy Samuel Fraunces
In Response To: Genealogy Samuel Fraunces ()

A Samuel Frauncis appeared in the New York City census of 1790. His household included 1 white male 16 and older, 4 white female and 1 slave. There is a reference to his being called "Black Sam" in the PRIVATE AFFAIRS OF GEORGE WASHINGTON, by Stephen Decatur Jr, 12-25. There are many records on Fraunces and his participation in the revolution, in addition to his relationship with George Washington. However, I don't think anyone has found conclusive evidence that he was of African descent.

Who knows, perhaps the definitive document has yet to be discovered as to his race. If he was classified as white as early as 1790, it could be that he was mixed, or that his wife was white. We don't know who supplied the information about race, so it's hard to say. I checked the D.A.R. publication and he's not listed. I do know that D.A.R. will only publish a name on a colored patriot if they can find evidence to support it. Without it, they won't identify the individual as a black or indian patriot.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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