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Re: Highgate, Donnelly, Thompson, Harris - Ontario surnames

These references are from The Freedom Seekers by Daniel G. Hill:

pg 21. "Isaiah Matthew, Edward Nolan and Aaron Highgate, a local teacher, went to Detroit on their way to join Brown's army of liberation, but turned back when they heard that Brown had been captured at Harpers Ferry."

pg.154 "In Chatham, too, racial segregation continued in the schools. In 1854 Aaron Highgate, a Black, was appointed teacher of the 'coloured school' on Princess Street at a salary of 100 pounds a year. His appointment effective in September, was conditional until December; it was to be extended if he could then produce a certificate of qualification. This he evidently did, for he taught in Chatham until 1856, when he was replaced by Alfred Whipper."

Harris references include Clayborn Harris, Collingwood Harris, 'Harris' in Chatham 1852, (let me know if you would like to know more on these.)

You also may want to search the "Black History of Southwestern Ontario" site:

Hope this helps.

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