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Re: [JAMAICA] Afr Americans & West Indians: The Ti


Mr. Jordan was officially born in 1871 (I double checked). As noted, several of my family members met him during the 1940s, and were/are very certain of his Haitian roots. With regards to Mr. Jordan being a former slave, obviously the dates don't align. However, this is not the first time of heard enslaved persons along the VA/NC border after "official emancipation". Of course I sincerely hope the elders in my family were misinformed on this one, but...

As I have previously mentioned to you with the exception of a few lines documented by Paul Heinegg, we arrived from the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and "one other place" during the early 1800's - not enslaved. During my 18yrs of research I have encountered several people with roots along the VA/NC border having the same story. I very much suspect many of these lines were brought in as cheap, undocumented labor, very similar to what we continue to see with Mexican, Honduran and other Hispanics.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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