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Re: Cemeteries in Knoxville, TN
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Thank you for your reply. I was browsing through my copy of VIRGINIA KALEIDOSCOPE, subtitled THE CLAYTOR FAMILY OF ROANOKE, AND SOME OF ITS KINSIPS, FROM FIRST FAMILIES OF VIRGINIA AND THEIR FORMER SLAVES and wondered if a death date for Lewis Spears (my great-grandfather who escaped during the civil war) had finally turned up.
7 people researched for almost twenty years before their efforts culminated in the publishing of VIRGINIA KALEIDSOCOPE. Just this year, after reading the book, a reader was able to send to the authors the birth and death dates of another great- grandfather of mine from information in their family Bible. This great-grandfather was white. Lewis Spears was African American.
Vignettes trace various family members from the poverty and forced illiteracy of newly freed slaves through the adversities of segregation, Jim Crow" laws, and discrimination, through the industrial revolution and migration from the south, and achievements in many fields of endeavor. Should you want to read this story of an African Amrican family, more typical than you might imagine, but never reported as broadly as stories of athletes, entertainers or criminals and non-achievers of all types send a check or money order for $39,95 + $6.55 S&H to one of the authors--------
Dr. Margaret C. Woodbury
Mrs. Ruth C. Marsh
Thank you again for your answer.