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Re: Thornton Alexander 1816
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Hi, I am Roane Smothers.
>From my research the Greenville Negro Settlement, later know as Longtown, began when James Clemens bought land in Darke County Ohio in 1818. James's wife was Sophia Sellers and both were from Rockingham County Viirginia. Thornton Alexander bought land in Randolph County Indiana in 1822 about a mile from where James Clemens bought land. In Tucker's History of Randolph County, it states that Thornton Alexander slave master was A Sellers, whom I belive to be the father of Sophia Clemens. A. Seller was from Rockingham County Virginia, and his famity history states that he freed his slaves in 1816 and took some of his slaves to Warren County Ohio, where his son had settled. Then he took his freed slaves to Darke County Ohio and bought land for them.
At the time there were Native Americans in the area. From an artice written by W.E.B DuBois about longtown, he states that a boy whose father was white and whose mother was Negro and Indian squated on the land in 1804 which became the settlement. I belive that boy was James Clemens.
My theory is that James Clemens, because of his native American Heritage was able to relate to the Native Americans who lived there.. I do not know if any of the settlement people maried the native American population in the area, however some of the other people of color who settled there were Native Americans and Tri-racials from other southern states.
Other early settlers were free blacks, the son and daughtes of white masters who freed them and inter-racial marrages.
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