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AfriGeneas Canada Research Forum

Re: Slaves returned from Canada

Thank you, Eileen,

It appears the person of interest is:
John D Newell//Copiah, MS//c.1820//b. Mississippi

According to my aunt, my great grandmother was Rachel Newell. (I am hearing Rachel's surname for the first time.) She is related to a family named Britt. Rachel was born in MS. She was brought from Canada by a man named John Newell. I need to find Rachel's parents and why she, Rachel, was in Canada. Possibly a runaway and John Newell went to Canada to retrieve her.

I have found John D Newell to be John Daniel Newell Jr. b Sep 1814. He married Nancy Britt. (This ties the Newell and Britt surnames) I believe him to be the John Newell who brough Rachel from Canada. His father, John Daniel Newell Sr. died in 1828 before Rachel was born.

Linda Durr Rudd displays information of a contract signed by former slaves to work on a plantation in 1866 in Copiah Co., MS. The first two names on the contract are my great grandparents, Mingo and Rachel Adams. The two former slaves listed at the bottom have the surname Newel.

The Copiah Co., MS area where the Newells and Britts were located is in the same area where my MS family lives and near where we had this year's family reunion.

Ed Adams


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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