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Re: finding keziah clifton
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Dear Deniece, There were at least two other Keziah Clifton, in my area of research around 1860, however this Keziah was not on any census to my knoledge. I intended to answer sooner, but I wanted to be more accurate before I did. When I saw the current new message posted about "Side Altar Marriages", I knew this was my cue. That is because from what I have accertained, Keziah was born in Baton Rouge, and was married to a Frenchman. They were supposed to have moved to North Carollina directly afterwards. I should have said she was from Baton Rouge I am still trying to see if she was actually born there. Actually many of my Clifton relatives, are from Louisiana. But there are many issues of changed names, and other tribal issues they were gracious enough to share with me, but I intend to work on the Alabama side since so many of them passed through here back and forth. Many are the stories of the freed people of Mobile Pensacola, New Orleans and many other Port and Large Cities. Also I am researching my mothers side of the family from here as well I will assist my Louisiana cousins in any way that I can, as in patience we must all work step by step in prayer and love. Keziah Clifton in 1861, lived in the home of The Clay Family, who since both her and her mother (Who they don't mention by name)and herself were both sickly and her mother apparently died during that time, provided for the children of Keziah, and apparently nephews, and grandsons of her mother in their will, as bound out children along with three other white children, It becomes rather painfully ( for me ) stipulated that the senior Mrs. wanted nothing to do with carrying out this part of the will after her husbands death. Several of their own children are also provided for in the will. Hoever Two of the willed sons carried out the will for all of the children. I have acertained that possibly Keziah was in charge of her white step children, for a time anyway who were possibly related to the Clay Family. Also it strikes me that there was a lot of death maybey related to some type of plague? I hope and pray that someone will provide further information, as I have discovered that it is very confusing having relatives in two races, and even more baffling when I discovered that there are many other shades of races that I knew nothing about that are just like me accepting and loving, but very cautious.