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Re: Name changes for Freed Slaves
In Response To: Name changes for Freed Slaves ()

thats a complicated question. I guess the most logical approach is to find as much as you can about the white RABB and his slaves. If he owned your ancestor, they might show up in inventories, estates, etc..Try comparing the slave schedule and the 1870 us census with your ancestor to see if there were slave of similar age and gender. Those names are something else though. Some of my ancestors didnt even TAKE their white slaveowner's surnames. They took the first name of THEIR father as their last name(This seems to be a common trend amoung slaves and free people of color in the Southwest Louisiana region(mostly in Saint Landry and Saint Martin).It came from a french naming convention of using their fathers first name as a last. Hope this helps.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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