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LaForce...Can you help connect the dots?

Cross-posted from the AfriGeneas Forum

Posted By: Art Thomas
Date: Sunday, 18 September 2005, at 2:43 p.m.

Ready for a long story? Okay, here goes.

Iím looking for AA families surnamed LaForce, or have the LaForce surname in their ancestry. My LaForce ancestors were captured in the battle of Martinís Station, Ky ( June 1780) during the Revolutionary War. They were the slaves of Rene and Agnes Moseby LaForce. Follwing that raid they (ancestors) were taken to Canada and dispersed among the British loyalists and the Native Americans, primarily the Shawnee Tribe.

Iíve been in contact with descendants of Rene and Agnes LaForce and have actually met them at a ĎGatheringí of descendants of the captives from the Martinís Station raid..

The LaForce family was released by the British in 1783 and returned to KY. I now find in the 1860 Census an AA family of LaForceís living in Indiana that were originally from KY, with the matriarch, Winnie, a 77 y/o, her son Nelson, his wife, Mary, and children, Harriett, Fielding + Mahala (twins), Charles, Calvin, David, Elizabeth, Douglas & Mary J.. These AA LaForceís are FPOCís.

Could Winnie be a descendant of the slave family that was captured in 1780? Did the LaForceís acquire Ďnewí slaves following their release by the British? When, Why and How did the AA LaForceís become FPOCís and migrate from KY to IN? These are questions Iím asking the AfriGeneas family to help me solve.

For more detail on my LaForce ancestors take a look at the Related Files Section of my FTM Home Page , URL below, and the file titled ďLaForce Efforts to Recover SlavesĒ

Thanks for listening and any help/suggestions provided will be greatly appreciated.

Art Thomas

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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