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Re: Who were Free People of Color?
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My perception of free person of color back in the 1700's to 1800's were those individuals who were something other than white, be it mixed or fullblooded, indian, portuguese, spanish,or african. There were many indentured servants who came to america and were free when their indentureship was up. Of course my understanding of all this is that later, it became much harder for a person of color to be freed during the big "slave" period. But many free persons of color were listed as such becuase the census taker couldnt' mark the "white" column, simply put. There is much confusion and I was one of the confused when tracing my gr gr grandfather whom I coudln't seem to locate and I kept coming back to this family of mulattos, the name wasn't the exact spelling of what I was searching and I'm white, of course I didn't understand the mulatto, melungeon, fpc thing then, but many things added up. Also finding his military record that he was dark complected and grey eyed, some say the latter a true melungeon trait, or Mixed race trait. This is my favorite and most interesting and exciting line I've ever traced. Good luck to all.
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