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Re: Inquiry on the Color Line...Early Ohio
In Response To: Re: Inquiry on the Color Line ()

Hello All,

Ohio from the early 1800's to the early 1900's, over 100 years or more had a considerable number of black "settlements". Most of these settlements were from groups who migrated into Ohio after being manumitted by former slave holders in the South. In my area, western Ohio, we see groups such as the Artis, Dempsey, Gist, Mendenhall and Randolph's to name a few who settled in Miami, Shelby, Logan, Champaign counties in particular.

It appears that after a generation or two of marriages between these various families they were "running out" of eligible mates within the AA community and sought marriages outside of that community. The number of interracial marriages took on a significant increase in the latter part of the 1800's. I can't prove it "scientifically", but searching marriage records for the last 10-15 years seems to lean in that direction.

My personal experience in checking out the ladies :), as an AA youngster when going from Piqua, Ohio (hometown) to Troy, Sidney, Bellefontaine, Xenia, Lima, etc....... you get the drift, I was told "nope, not her, she's a cousin". And they were of ALL skin tones. So most of my high school dating was with other than AA girls,.... I thought, and I don't they believe were cousins :).

I've added this view to the discussion to show another possible reason reason for moving across the color line. Supply & Demand

Let me stop rambling and thanks for listening,

Art Thomas

p.s. my wives have been AA.....both of'em :)

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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