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Unknown GG grandmother


Date: Tuesday, 1 November 2005, at 10:38 a.m.

Just a little background information. I have my g grandparents names and background information. What I would like to know how do I find out what my gg grandparents names were and where they came from?

My g gramdfather was conceived from a white slave owner, Lloyd West as far as we can tell from researching the family and his mother was possibly of African/African American servant.

We don't have a birth/death certificates since Silas West b. Aug. 1832 and died before 1910. My g grandfather married Winifred "Winnie" Barefoot b. abt. 1845 and we have all the information on her family. The Barefoots were very helpful. Both gr grandparents were stated as Mulatto in the 1870 census. I found Winnie Barefoot living in a white household and listed in the 1850 and 1860 census and on the regular Census Schedules. Nothing on Silas West at all before 1870 census.

Silas West lived in the same block as the white West. None of the Lloyd descendants will participate in the West DNA and are very tight lipped about the West family. So this is not real good. We found nothing on Silas West at all in the slave Schedules before 1870.

I was able to find some grantee/grantor information at the Courthouse in Sampson County, NC. But nothing that would tell his connection to Lloyd West only to one of his son's,Wiley West where he had deeded some land to My Silas and Benjamin West (probably a 1/2 brother) in 1875. NC this time, Lloyd West had moved to Fayette, GA. Silas was buried in the Kirby West Col'd Cemetery on Timothy Road in Westbrook Township, Sampson County, NC. Kirby was a relative of Wiley and Lloyd West.

So we are at a brickwall. We did the WEST DNA Project and we matched a James West b. 1798, SC descendants 12 out or 12 markers from Texas. So far we have made a connection with James West, SC to our Lloyd West
NC. Somehow there should be a connection with these two West families for our West to match James West from SC. What is my next step?
Any and all help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks very much.

Alice WEST Ferguson... W53 WEST DNA PROJECT

Thanks very much.


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