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Re: Revolutionary War and Other Questions
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I am at lunch now, but was glad to see your response to my email(s). I will try to make this response brief, lol. I live in Fayetteville. My family, (although many moved to New York), still call Fayetteville home. If I get a chance I will see if I can take a peek at the 1830 census at our library here and forward you what I find regarding your family members. I have many opinions regarding the Lumbee and their African American connections. Especially, tracing many of our common connections through genealogy, (many married Whites in the past, and even now, and that may account for Heather Locklears' looks, as her dad is the Lumbee, but not her mother). I am not sure how welcomed my opinions would be in Pembroke, (the center of their tribal community), regarding these connections, as they are still seeking Federal Recognition, (they have State recognition, but not Federal). Right now, it is important for them to be as Indian as they can be in order to satisfy the BIA's legislature. Maybe one day there will be an honest summary of their ancestry telling the full story, one that embraces their African American ancestry. I am being hopeful here.
I have connections to the Williams family too, but have not followed up on them since they were comprised of more than one family in this area, I am not too sure where to go with it. My Grandmother's first husband was a Williams, and they had 7 children together, (he was from what we call "over the river," which is in the East Fayetteville area). I have seen the Scurlock's family in the censuses, and the Pearces too. What areas of Cumberland County did your families reside? Also, Hammonds' monument is still here in the Liberty Point area of downtown Fayetteville.
Regarding whether these free people had Indian ancestry, I do beleive that many did have Indian ancestry. There are so many questions, and maybe not enough documentation that would give an honest depiction of our people. The times often dictated the documented evidence, and while we search today, those times past are often a hindrance, (with regards to the documented history). Anyway, I am glad to have found someone searching out some of the same family members. I am looking forward to gathering more knowledge on the appropriate research techniques to assist me, (going back to school is one of them). There is a story dying to told, an addition to what is out there already. Hopefully more fine tuned for those of us whose ancestors lived and thrived in Cumberland County NC. I had better go now, as my lunch is ending.
I look forward to hearing more from you.
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