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Re: STEWARTs of Cass County Mich-EVANS Connection?
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Thank you again, Deloris. Yes, my family traces back to the same Richard Hargrove who fathered William Hargrove Searcy. Finally, I have found someone who atleast knows whose these folks were!
All that I really have on any of them, aside from what is public record, is a lot of speculation based on the story of my direct ancestors, Robert Chapman and Sally Short, who lived in G'ville during the 1800's. They had 3 (we've now learned) children out-of-wedlock and relationship of some degree for at least 20 years. Our suspicsion that Chapman was not "lilly white" was confirmed when we found him in the 1870 Critendon Co. Arkansas census. A "W" had been overstruck with a "B" in the race category, he had married a 69 year-old woman, marked "B" within the past year, and was living beside of his new wife's family. We suspect that she, Jenny Chapman, was a former slave.
As I said in my former post, my attempts to determine the origins of Polly Evans are in hopes of finding some clue about the Chapmans/Hargroves. The above mentioned Richard Hargrove (father of William Searcy) had 10 other children. His daughter, Elizabeth, b. @ 1765, married George Chapman, b @ 1765 (of European descent according to DNA testing). Most of the other children married w/in the local community and led "typical" lives. Elizabeth's nephew (think I've got that correct), Tazewell Hargrove, received Confederate honors & went on to become NC secretary of treasury (think I've got that correct) Any way, you can see that the larger Hargrove clan clearly lived as white although I strongly suspect that their was Native American ancestry as recent as 2 generations. (Shepperd) I also believe, but have absolutely no evidence, that Elizabeth was a "dark horse" in Richard's stable. I say this b/c the Chapmans appear to have been the only (Hargroves) with questionable racial origins. Only 2 of George & Elizabeth's 9 children married. A daughter was said to have "intermarried" in a siblings will.
And it does appear interesting that they were clearly associated with FPC's, based upon census records & legal documentation throughout their lifespans. I suspect that their were some blood relations among them.
I believe that the Chapman/Hargroves lived as white, but only by the sanction of their community out of regard for the larger Hargrove family. Marriage to a white woman would have pushed their tolerance too far & the consequences of "coming out" were too great in 1835.
Thanks for listening to my story & speculation. Please pass on any information regarding any of these folks.
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