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American Colonization Society book online

In looking for further info on some who seemed to have disappeared from Wake Co., NC after 1850, I was recently made aware of the names of many free people of color who filed petitions in reference to the emancipation of slaves in that State and County, and that some had also signed petitions promoting moving to "the Western Territories". I had originally thought they were talking about moving out West, but it turned out they were referring to moving Africa as part of the American Colonization venture in the 1850s. I found this out when I googled the name I was looking for "Wyatt Copeland" and the results included a book from 1854 ,"The African Repository" which contains records from the Colonization Society. The book gives some info on people who set out on the various voyages heading to Liberia and says that Copeland was among the persons who died on the ship. An example of this is as follows:
"Of the immigrants by the Banshee, which reached Monrovia the 3d and the Buchanan the 11th June last, five of the twenty three landed at Monrovia had died, viz: William Ferguson and his little daughter Jane, aged 11years from Lexington, KY, Wyatt Copeland and Maria Copeland from Raleigh, N.C. and a little girl named Celia Ann Cooper, aged 3 years from Portsmouth, VA. Of the rest of this company, one hundred and thirty eight, who were landed at Buchanan, seventeen deaths are reported, ten of which occurred among the family of thirty six who were liberated by the will of the late Miss Gordon of Orange Co., VA."

As you can see, it includes names of people from various locations and there is much more in this book which can be read online or downloaded to your computer, it is 23 MBs, I know I plan to read it at my leisure to see what other little goodies may be in it.

You may want to take a look at the book at the link below.
Happy Reading!


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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