AfriGeneas Africa Research Forum
For those who are interested in knowing their AmaZulu ancestry, the history is that King Shaka kaSenzangakhona was impressed with the firepower of guns and other European technology. That he sent fifty young amabutho (soldiers) to England to learn circa 1828.
These young men were sent to England and eventually shipped to Virginia. This story was related to me in KwaZulu, South Africa. The descendants and relatives of these valiant young men are aware of that history and related it to me. Of the people brought to Virginia I was told that they were never slaves.
I cannot confirm this portion of the story but I have met descendants of them. I have been successful in locating people the plantation names of Jones and Johnson out of North and South Carolina. I met one descendant in South Africa from Texas and another from North Carolina. Also there is one now residing in KwaZulu from Curacao. There are descendants residing in New York.
I personal am a descendant of Ntonga kaShaka who was born in Africa and his son Clarence (Jones) and his Lawrence (Smith) who was my father of Gaffney South Carolina. Curiously I found another descendant of the king in KwaZulu with the name Ntonga ka Malangana. Confirmation has come from the present king Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu, Prince Patric kaSolomon Zulu and Izangoma the (holy people). There is an organization of royal family members (Ubumbano lwbantwana) who would like to acknowledge those in the Diaspora.
Anyone believed to be of AmaZulu heritage should contact me.