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Re: L3 Mystery
In Response To: Re: L3 Mystery ()

Wow!!! This is very interesting! MY GG Grandfather and his family are from Virginia and were Free. Their surname is Bannister. I posted a search in the State forum about them and met a lady who's free Bannisters were also from Virginia. Hers went to Indiana and mine came to Texas with money (which I'm assuming was given/earned while in Virginia. After leaving Virginia, they first settled briefly in Alabama, then settled permanently here in Texas. Also, my GGGG Grandmother Sarah Echols was born in Virginia in 1799, but her son Joseph was born in Georgia. She wasn't free and was likely transported, bless her heart, to Georgia. My Bannister ancestors are listed on the 1860, 1850, 1840 and one, Jane on the 1830 census. There is also a huge number of White Bannisters there as well. It appears that they were there and had been there a really long time and probably had close ties with the White Bannisters. My brother thinks perhaps they brought them with them from Barbados due to the heavy trade between Virginia and Barbados. Not sure. But, I hope I'm an L3 too! I can't stand the waiting..........I've got a least 3 more weeks or so before I find out from Natl. Geo. Maybe you guys are my long lost cousins too!! I hope so because you're all very nice! :-) smile! Do any of you have the Bannister or Echols surnames in your families??? I really pray that my enslaved ancestors were at least well-treated. It's all so sad sometimes. During the course of this research, slavery has never been more real for me.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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