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Re: emancipated Mendenhalls of NC

Very interesting...although none of the names look 'familiar' least not yet. But I am adding these names to my files, just in case...I did happen upon a site from Mt. Victory,OH's bi-centenial booklet about Pickreltown, OH in Hardin County. Apparently it was a spot on the underground railroad. It specifically mentions George C Mendenhall's 28 emancipated slave and included the names Asa Williams and Joshua Marmon,and John White who were also in the correspondence found in the Manumission Papers that were filed in Logan County. The only 'problem' for my lineage specifically is the date given of 1885. I know George C died in 1860 and Delphine died in the later 1800's. I am going to try and check a bit futher on the published date.

This booklet also includes a brief story about a Meshach 'Mose" Moxley who was a fugitive slave that became friends with Obadiah Willliams (son of Asa Williams). "...Mose was fearful for the safety of his wife and children. After much prayer and careful planning, it was agreed that Obadiah would go to Cincinnati with supplies and attempt to find the wife and children, purchase them, bring them back to Pickrelltown to a grateful Mose. Later the Moxley family moved to Bellefontaine and established a gun shop. There he maintained a good business and his guns are now highly collectables..." Are you familiar with this site/locale?

Thanks again
Hello Kay,

You ask am I familiar with the site/locale. Well, while not an expert I've done a goodly amount of research for this general area, the Miami Valley of Ohio.

I have AA ancestors that have been in this area prior to Statehood for Ohio (1803). As a result I have looked at those descendant lines, collateral families and other AA families of the area.

The UGRR ..including Hardin County, Pickereltown, Mt Victory and the involvement of AA's and the AA Church in the UGRR is another interest of mine. Many of the families direct, collateral & other were heavily involved in the UGRR.

A listing of UGRR Conductors/Operators in Ohio, by County, may be found at the Link below. A search for the Suranmes you've mentioned will show some family members who were invovled. The listing states that AA's are indicated with an asterisk by their name......true, but not entirely. My Adams & Reno (AA) from Champaign & Hancock Counties do not have the asterisk. So some AA Operators/Conductors are not listed as AA's.

My Family Tree Maker Home Page link is shown below....Take a look at the My Family History Section with the Index of Surnames & Individuals Files, along with the Related Files Section I may have something of interest to you.

Continued best wishes in your research efforts,

Art Thomas

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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