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Connecting FPOC Families in Ohio History

I received notification from the Indiana African American Genealogy Group (IAAGG) of a compelling article by Daniel Sharfstein, author of the new book "The Invisible Line: Three American Families and the Secret Journey from Black to White".
http://www.slate.com/id/2285549/

This article about a gentlemen named Orindatus Simon Bolivar Wall mentions the surname Langston and southern Ohio. The location is Chillicothe in Ross County, Ohio and the time period coincides with that of my Allen and Walden ancestors, 4th great-grandparents, being in Chillicothe and their known connections to the Langston and Hemmings families.

The article makes mention of Wall's abolition activities in Oberlin, Ohio during the time of the Wellington Rescue (1858) and John Mercer Langston who was also involved with the Ohio Colored Men's Conventions of 1851 & 1856 in Columbus, Ohio as a delegate and comtemporary with Lewis Adams of Urbana, Ohio, my 3rd great grandfather.

I find the Adams, Allen, Hemmings, Langston & Walden families involved with each other in Champaign, Franklin, Lorain, Ross & Shelby counties over the years thru marriage, civic, religious and military activites. Wall married the sister of John Mercer Langston. Elizabeth Walden married Peter Allen. Lovina Allen married William Adams.

This indicates to me a closeness and the continuance of a connectivity among these families that demonstrates a unity among FPOC families during the pre-civil war years in Ohio.

Art Thomas


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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