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Re: "Free" vs. "Freed".
In Response To: Re: "Free" vs. "Freed". ()

Hi Linda. There certainly were a number of East Indians in the English colonies. They are mentioned in both the Maryland and Virginia court records when they sued for their freedom. Those who were treated fairly and granted their freedom after the completion of their indenture would not have appeared in the court records. Most travelled as indentured servants to England from India and then indentured themselves to ship captains to pay for the trip to Virginia and Maryland. The largest family was the Weavers of Lancaster County. By 1820 there were over 120 members of the family in North Carolina alone, mostly in Hertford County. They spread across North Carolina: through Northampton and Halifax counties, and some went to Indiana where they created the Weaver settlement (a small African American town). There was no oral family history of being East Indian which is not surprising since the three ancestors of the family came over so many generations back (late 1600s). I have quite a few pictures of the family on my site that descendants have sent me over the years.
I don't recall ever coming across a white Charity family in Virginia before 1820.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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