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Re: Revolutionary War and Other Questions
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Yeah, and Mary Ochiltree's mother was Sarah Sampson Ochiltree, sister to Chloe Sampson. Thus Charles Chestnutt's father, Andrew, married his first wife's, first cousin.
Link to photos of his parents:
The families are so intertwined that I can't make sense of them.
Several years ago I obtained copies of church records beginning in the 1870's of some of the FPOC descendant families. These were people who worshipped at St. Joseph's Episcopal Church. Thankfully, the church is still standing with a fairly healthy congregation. The church was found @1875, and my family, the Williams, Barges, Dunns, Scurlocks and Pearces were members of this congregation. I've been looking at the social and familiy ties, by tracking witnesses at marriages, and godparents, and such. My head spins sometimes, as I want to be able to discern between those who had social ties, from those who had family ties. But it seems apparent to me that after a few generations, these families had relatives in common.
I too have ties to Fayetteville State College/University. A distant cousin, George W. Williams, was briefly president of the college. He was the uncle/cousin(I can't recall the exact relationship at this writing), of Carrie Williams Clifford, one of the women who participated in the Niagara Movement, during the formative years of the NAACP. Although Carrie W. Clifford knew Chestnutt, and Langston Hughes, I've not been able to find any evidence of her acknowledging any family or social ties to these two writers. Clifford's great granddaughter is working on a book about her, but I'm not sure how far along she's gotten.
I've been to Fayetteville several times, and to Raleigh, trying to dig up info on these families. My brick wall is the 1830's. I know historically, that it was a particularly difficult time for FPOC in the south. In the wake of Nat Turner's Rebellion and the abolitionist postal campaign in 1835, many state legislatures increased restrictions on FPOC. In order to survive, many FPOC people who could, denounced their African ancestry. Many of these people looked white, as was the case in my family, and so could easily account for any darkness in appearance as being caused by their indian ancestry. To a certain extent, I do believe they had indian ancestry, but I don't think they were free from African ancestry.
As for the Lumbee connection, I've heard that often. I've met a few Lumbees who have moved to the Washington, DC area. Some acknowledge links to the community in NC, but not to having African ancestry. I understand their position. I mean if you look at Heather Locklear, you can understand how someone who looks like her, could say that she didn't have African ancestry.
As for the Hammond/Lomax connection, I hope you publish something. I had thought he had living descendants, and thought I'd pursue the research a bit, but now knowing that you're doing it, I can let it go. There is or once was, a monument to Isaac Hammond in Fayetteville. I've been to the Cool Springs area, to the cemetery, but didn't realize at the time that the monument was located in that area.
I hope to visit Fayetteville in 2005 to do a bit of research. Although most of the records are in Raleigh, I plan to take photos of the areas where my family lived. Do you ever go to Fayetteville or Raleigh?
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