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Re: Revolutionary War and Other Questions
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You are so right, Issac Hammond is within the same families I am conducting research. His daughter, Rachel was married to Enoch Lomack/Lomax. They were the parents of Bishop Thomas Henry Lomack/Lomax, (AME Church), and many other children. Thomas Henry Lomack/Lomax was one of the original founders of Fayetteville State University. I have found a connection between the Hammond's and the Sampson's, and if I find the time to dig for it, I will provide you with what I found. Also, Charles Waddell Chestnutt's wife maiden name was Sampson. He lived with her family while teaching in Fayetteville. There is also a connection to Langston Hughes too.
I have found a ton of interesting things regarding the free people in Cumberland County. What has been difficult is sorting through who was who, and where the families ended up with regards to the color line. This area is also the home of the Lumbee people. Many of these families in later years have chosen to identify with the Lumbee and not readily acknowledge the close family ties between the others of darker hue who today identify as African American. Sometimes I have to remind myself that Free People of Color identified more than the African American people.
Having made the above comment, I am noticing that there seems to be a correlation between the 1835 voting act against Free Persons of Color, (esp. in NC), as the starting point of the "My family is pure Indian, no Black at all, maybe some White," comments. I try to keep in mind that many of the families that Paul Heinegg, and John Hope Franklin identify as Negro and/or African American, are Lumbee families today, and they would prefer not to be identified as Negro and/or African American. I have my own trouble with the census and the census takers of long ago, so I try to be open about where one wants to place themselves with regards to the color line, for whatever reasons.
As you can see, I have a lot of thoughts regarding these free people from this area of NC. Keeps me up many a nights, wondering, lol. I am babbling here, but again, I will look for the info. you seek and post it here. Blessings!
Quo "Poe" I just realized that you're researching family lines possibly connected to Isaac Hammond. How goes the research? My interest stems from notes from Paul Heinegg's book, that connects Dicey Hammond(s) to a John Sampson. One of the children is named Henry Sampson.
I'm trying to find the parents of Henry Sampson who married Carolina Williams in 1853. I'm not sure that Dicey and John Sampson are Henry's parent's, but I'm hoping someone familiar with these families can help point me in the right direction.
I know the Sampsons were in Cumberland County for some years, but can't quite get a hold of them between the 1830's and 1840's. Family lore has me connected to Charles Waddell Chesnut AND Langston Hughes, through their Sampson ancestors, but no one can say exactly how we're related. Chesnut's grandmother Chloe was a Sampson and Hughes' grandmother Mary was a Sampson also.
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