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Family cemetery, Seaford, DE

My paternal grandmother's family along with several other extended African American families are buried in a cemetery almost two hundred years old. My great-great grandfather Cannada Laws helped to establish Pilot Town in Seaford, De. The state of DE has erected a historic marker there that states:

"Pilot Town in the section of the Hamlet of Concord where many free African American families have lived in harmony with the white families since around 1765. It was so named for the many black pilots who lived in the area and piloted vessels down the Nanticoke River to Chesapeake Bay. Two of the best known were Cann Laws and George Laws."

Cann 's eldest child was my great-grandmother Annie Laws, who married my great-grandfather Harvey Neal, and produced my grandmother Mabel Neal. In our cemetery rests all of these folks as well as Harvey Neal's parents Phoebe and Emeline Neal along with numerous other extended family members and community members of that time.

Please help me to list and repair this sacred place where my ancestors rest.

Any info will be helpful.


[originally posted 23 Jul 2000 - ed.]

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