AfriGeneas Free Persons of Color Forum
Re: Louisiana Redbones
In Response To: Louisiana Redbones ()
The Redbone Heritage Foundation in Natchitoches is working tirelessly to preserve the history and culture of their ancestors. Many of their research team members are participating in DNA studies. Their emphasis is to embrace and celebrate the diverse ethnicities , cultures and traditions-- similiar to the Melungeon groups in the United States. It has been interesting to converse with some of the members of the research team and to find out that their DNA testing results have confirmed oral traditions passed down by family members from generation to generation.
Since many of the pioneer families were born into large family groups, it is easy to imagine how they would move out into the world, carrying similar stories with them. For example, William Goings, Sr. a free person of color from Moore County, North Carolina had 9 children as of the 1790 census. One son ended up in Texas. Two grandsons, according to family tradition, left North Carolina and set up a horse trading business in Louisiana. So we have one family with connections to Virginia, Tennessee, Louisiana and Texas. Then there are also six other children of his who are unaccounted for.