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Re: Family History, Genealogy, DNA & Geography
In Response To: Re: Family History, Genealogy, DNA & Geography ()
Yes, I think you're very correct in your statement that the approach for the research of our enslaved ancestors changes the further back in time you get from the Civil War. Congratulations on getting back to the 1820 timeframe regarding your wife's ancestor.
Your questions about shipping records, ports, slave manifest(s), private sales/auctions, etc. are all well taken and with the possibilty of them not being in the local courts. At this point I've been following the research of several LaForce researchers and also the history of the French Huguenot's in the areas of NC and VA where this set of people settled.
We have accumulated a fair amount of information on the land purchases, life style and social contacts of this LaForce family, but nothing as yet on the acquisiton of their slaves. One thought is that Betty/Bess came into the family with the marriage of Agnes Moseby to Rene LaForce. So I'm in the process of also looking at the Moseby/Woodson connections and their slave holdings. It's almost a certainty that the immigrating French Huguenot's did not bring slaves with them. At least there is no record of that being the case.
As stated intially I got back to this point by finding my ancestors as being captured in a raid on the western frontier of what is now Bourbon/Harrison Co., KY (Martins's Station & Ruddle's Fort) in 1780 during the Revolutionary War. A listing of the slaves shows Betty/Bess with 7 chidren and 5 grandchildren. .......Betty/Bess, Hannah & Candis are my direct ancestral line.
After the captives were taken to Canada and my ancestors were distributed among their British and Shawnee captives Agnes Mosby LaForce made several attempts by petition to the British government to have her "slaves' returned to her between 1781 and 1812. It is speculation, but to me, indicates something deeper than an owner/slave relationship. Note the p.s. on the letter written for General George Washington's signature.
Well, that's enough of the story for now, but yes, I shall keep my AfriGeneas family posted on the success, or lack thereof, with this endeavor.
Thanks for your insight, it is greatly appreciated.
Art's Family & Other Folk
List of Slaves captured at Martin's Station (1780)
Letter for Geo. Washingtion's signature (1782)