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Dennis "Boy" Gainey b. bet. 1800--1813, NC
I have been trying to find Dennis Gainey (called Boy in NC) who I was was told from NC per one of my older relatives. He was born in Slavery and was called "Boy" by the people in NC. I have not been able to find him in NC, he was said to have moved to PA.
Now a little background. He was the Black father of my g grandmother, Winnie Barefoot and her sisters, Mary E and Faithy Barefoot. Their mother was White, Clarky Barefoot b. about 1812, NC. He worked for her on the farm and was her farm hand or laborer, keeping the farm going I understand. She owned her own property. She said to be unstable because she had children by a Black man, so I am told by some of the white descendants.
It seems some of the Whites were going to lynch him, so he left the area and later came back to see his children. Each time he came back he was faced with the same thing.. lynching again and again.
He left a final time and never returned. We heard that he settled in PA. But I have not been able to find him in PA or NC Census recordss. Where do I go from here. Help, anyone.
I was told that one of grand daughters whose parents last name was Langston went to PA to live with him and that's all we know. His name was on the Faithy's marriage Certificate as the father. Could he have changed his name the reason we can't find him?