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Re: Who were Free People of Color?

Hi,
I just happened to stumble on to the thread on rootsweb when I put in
Free colored persons and Free persons of color in PA, I don't know if I could find it again.
I am researching the family of my gggrandfather William/Wm DOUGLAS(S) he was born free in Jefferson county, Eldrid township, PA. I found info that states a Wm DOUGLASS was the only black man in the county in 1830 and a tax record with 8 people in the home, but no family names. I have found info on him under all of those spellings and his birthdate varies from abt 1830-1836. I found him on the 1870 census in Erie, PA. with his wife Ada, daughter Edith and mother-in law Sarah WRIGHT.
They later moved to Iowa where sons Elward and Earl were born 1874 & 1875.
They later moved to Kansas (Phillips then to Logan county) where the children married, Edith to Nathan WARD, Elward to Dora JEFFERSON and Earl to Laura BEVERLY. They all died in Kansas, Edith and Nathan were my ggrandparents.
William was a inventor and in the early 1900's he was able to obtain
patents for some farm equipment. I was able to get the numbers and copies of his drawings.
The early census records as most of you know don't tell you all of the names in the family so I am not sure who his parents or his siblings were.
To tell the truth I have the same problem with Ada and her mother.
They were from N.Y. and Conn.
I am researching all of those surnames but William is my main focus right now and my brick wall.
Anyone else looking for some of these people or can someone give me some tips on finding out the names of the family members in 1830, 1840? Our family reunion (Douglass-Ward) is coming up soon and I sure would like to be able to give my family a great gift with a tree including his parents or siblings.
Thanks for any help you can give me.
Linda

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