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Re: Cromwell Montgomery Turner Lewis Zebbs

Thanks, Doreen;

The history of the black Cromwells in Nova Scotia is legendary, and I've known about it for many years. I was blown away, just a few months ago, when I found a personal relationship to your Cromwells to my own family tree, though the connection is in several steps:

- Mary Ann Cromwell, the daughter of Joseph Cromwell and Celia Hatfield, was b. 22 Oct 1851 in Peel Twp, Wellington, Ontario. Abt 1865, she married William Lawson, and they had about 15 kids.

- Mary Ann's half sister, Amanda Adalia Cromwell (b. 1863), married John Sylvester Miller, in 1879 in Clifford, Minto Twp, Wellington, Ontario, and they had four children. Their only daughter, Jane, b. 1884, married Ralph Aubrey Douglass, in 1906 in Wallace, Perth, Ontario. Jane and Ralph had five sons, and the descendants of these Douglasses still live all over Ontario and Alberta. Jane died at the age of 106 in Brantford, Ontario.

- Ralph Douglass was the son of Albert Harvey Douglass and Mary Ann Lee.

- Mary Ann Lee was my great grand aunt. She and Albert had 21 kids. Mary Ann and Albert were both b. in Ontario, but Albert's parents, Vincent and Martha (aka Patsey) had escaped to Canada via the Underground Railroad, from Virginia, though Mary Ann's father and grandfather had both been born in Ontario. Her great grandfather, William Lee, was also a black Loyalist, who served at Fort Malden, just across the river from Detroit.

Small world. When you go back far enough, we're all related.

Nice hearing from you, "cuz."

- Lisa
Oakland, CA

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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