AfriGeneas Free Persons of Color Forum
FPOC.... migrations and connectivity
I was helping a friend recently in collecting some information for a family reunion. The primary suranme was STEWART and the location started out as Lake Twp. in Logan County, Ohio around 1860. We found his ancestor Archer Stewart and wife Armina, initially her maiden name was unknown. We later learned her maiden name was CYPRESS.
We started looking in the Census records for STEWART & CYPRESS as FPOC's prior to 1860. What a revelation, we found FPOC CYPRESS and STEWART as early as 1820 that connected to the Logan County, Ohio group. We even "lucked" out and found a John WALDEN enunerated next to an Archer STEWART in Mecklenburg county in 1820. It just so happens I have an ancestor, John WALDEN who I had previously traced to Ross county, Ohio in the 1840 Census. In helping my friend my thirst for WALDEN research prior to 1840 has been renewed.
This effort also presented something I had never seen before.....a whole page of FPOC heads of houshold in the 1830 Census. We found some STEWART's in the 1830 Census in Dinwiddle Co., VA which was a new area to me. Looked at the Census page and there was just names, no family structure data, went to part 2 and there it was, a whole page of family information for part 1. (I hope you seasoned FPOC researchers aren't laughing at me). I've seen some areas where there were a few FPOC's per page, but never an entire of FPOC's.
Well, that's the end of this little story. Thanks for listening.