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Quaker and FPOC in Southside VA and NC

I've been investigating the social history of 18th-century Southampton County, VA, where my DREW ancestors started out, and it seems to me that at least in the first half of the century there was a lot more legitimate interracial marriage than anyone thinks. (One clue is the number of times that you find a white family in VA with a specific list of first names, and a generation later an FPOC family across the border in NC with the same surname and the same list.) But one thing that strikes me is the frequent occurrence of the same surnames in Quaker and FPOC families in the border area. COPELAND, GRIFFIN, and HUNT are examples from this board. JOHNSON is another.

The question is: since Quakers became convinced of the evils of slavery before most of their neighbors, are the ancestors of these FPOC families the freed slaves of Quaker families, or evidence of higher rates of intermarriage in more tolerant Quaker circles? How did the two groups interact? Does anyone on this board have ancestors from the 18th century VA-NC border with Quaker connections?

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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