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Re: Swampers - Free Blacks in the Great Dismal Swa

I'm a descendent of the Sutton and Berry (borne out of Scott/Locklear) lines of free people of color who lived in VA and NC in the early 1800s.

My Scott/Locklear line migrated in the mid-1800s from NC to Indiana, and we have some fairly strong documentary evidence of this movement -- including an obituary describing the journey and a Works Progress Administration interview describing the same. Most of these migrants settled in Marion and Vigo Counties, Indiana and were buried in Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis.

Some brothers who stopped off along the way settled in Ohio.

Is anyone here aware of any further research on this pattern of movement that I could explore?

It's clear from our findings that ours were not the only families making the journey, and I wonder how large the migration actually was.

The WPA interview is here -- although it is included in the WPA Interviews with former slaves, take care to note that (unlike in other interviews), Lizzie makes no mention of being or having been a slave, or her father having been one. Lizzie's father is Arthur Locklear (believed to have been the brother of my ggggrandmother), born in Wilmington in 1822 according to her.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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