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FPOC's Champaign County, OH 1807-

Hello All,

BLACK LEGACY: African-Americans of Champaign County, Ohio, Volume I,
(1996) by Sheila J. Farmer Clay, Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 95-92040.

This book chronicles the presence of AA’s in Champaign County, Ohio from 1807 to the present.
The Subject families are born and/or raised in this area covering the last 190 years. A “Dateline” of biographies and autobiographies which include Manumission Papers, Vital Records, School Records, Church Records, Census Records, Military Records and Photographs along with many other forms of documentation are used to “tell the story”.

In 1820 the FPOC Head of Household included the names (Surname & Given) as follows:
Simon Right, John Lyons, Wilson Thomas, Taylor Wooley, Ambrose Ford, Lewis ADAMS , Francis RENO,
Fannie Carter, Richard Stanup, Jesse Mitchell, Andrew Warwick, Robert Fleming, Molly Brandon, John Gammon, Booker Lyons, Job Dunn, Benjamin Riddle, Lewis Brassfield, Robert Reed, Wm. Roberts,
Jonathan Bale, Jo. Robinson, Daniel Warren, Peter Shaffer, David Lancaster, George Shaffer, Elijah Brown & Samuel Rector.

Names written as recorded in the 1820 Census, ADAMS & RENO are 3rd & 4th great-grandfathers.

By 1830 Noah Griffin, Wm. Smith, John Malory, Humphrey Clinton, Jefery Thompson, Henry Archey, James Hunt, Joseph Hughes, George McCoy, Benjamin Powell, Edward Taylor, William Winsor, David Bates, Stephen King, Benjamin Hardesty, Lidral Ford & Henry Keyes had joined the others as FPOC Head of Household in Champaign County, Ohio.

This book, along with “Register of Black, Mulatto and Poor Persons in Four Ohio Counties 1791-1861” and Registers of Blacks in the Miami Valley: A Name Abstract (1804-1857) by Stephen Haller, Ohio Historical Society and Robert H. Smith, Jr. Wright State University (1977) are of tremendous value in establishing relationships among the early FPOC’s not only in Southwestern Ohio, but throughout the State OF Ohio.

Art Thomas


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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