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Re: A Lone Ralston in Savannah
In Response To: Re: A Lone Ralston in Savannah ()

Many thanks for your reply. We did indeed visit the Bull Street Library, but that visit was very early on in our research--before we were able to really make full use of the resources there. We consulted the city directories and found some of the addresses at which George lived, along with the names of the others at the same address, but haven't yet pieced together how they are related--if at all.

We hope to go back down to explore the social history of Savannah a bit more in hopes of getting some more insights into mixed race families like George's. We've been to Charleston, which is where George's wife Valeria is from, and have begun to learn just how complex social relations in the South could be, both pre- and post-Civil War.

I'm fortunate enough to live within reach of the Library of Congress, which has a goodly number of old city directories on microfilm. From those directories, I discovered that George was employed for some time as a cooper and also worked other dockside jobs for various naval stores and shipping agents, including firms named S.P. Shotter Co., and Paterson, Downing & Co. Both of these were on Bay St. in Savannah.

None of this has shed any light yet on George's origins, so we're still looking.

Thanks again.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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