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Moss/Morse FPOC Bedford Origin
While doing some family research for the paternal Morse branch of my family which used to be Morse I came across about 20 Mosses who were born free and classified as mulattoes in Bedford County,VA on a register from 1803-1860. I didn't see my ggggreat grandmother Fannie Moss who was born around 1775 on the list but someone else in family found her and she was also born free and listed as FPOC and mulatto in Bedford County. However her daughters, sisters, and other children were on list. I know VA has a long history of racial classification with Indians and mixed race people. I am wondering if anyone out there knows if they were Native American since so many of them were concentrated in one area? Basically where did they come from and how were there so many of them born free and classified as mulatto in a state renown for slavery? I am also trying to find out if anyone knows the name of Fannie's parents and siblings. Family lore says that she was married to a Clarence Willis who was Cherokee out of NC. My gggreat grandfather Lewis was one her three sons that were sold into slavery in nearby Nelson County, VA. There is a Richard Moss that married a Sarah Johns he was born around 1760 I am wondering if he was Fannie's brother? The Johns are Native Americans. A lot of his descendants live in the neighboring county of Appomattox and retained the original spelling of Moss and did not change to Morse. Any help would greatly appreciated.
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