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Re:Black and Native Relations
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Here is some documentation on my ancestors that triggered my initial question. The LaForce family resided in Goochland Co., VA, home of the Pamunkey, prior to their departure for Rudell's & Martin's Forts in KY. My line comes from Betty, Hannah & Candis.
Thanks again for your help in trying to resolve the Slave/Indian question.
Slave Captives at Ruddell's and Martin's Forts
Source: Milo Quaife, "When Detroit Invaded Kentucky," The Filson Club History Quarterly, 1 (January, 1927), 58-59. Also William Renwick Riddell's "Life of William Dummer Powell, First Judge at Detroit and Fifth Chief Justice of Upper Canada" (Lansing, 1924)
“A Mrs. LaForce came out in 1779. An Indian had a wife of a mulatto woman belonging to Mrs. LaForce. She came to Riddle’s (sic) just before it was taken. On their way out her husband died at the Big – Flat Lick (known by either name) 7 miles this side of Cumberland Ford. The Indians children had pretty blue eyes, skin neither black, red, nor white, kinked hair etc. They were taken prisoner. One of the children living in Mo.”
Source: Draper Manuscript MSS 22 C16 
Know all men by these presents that I, William B. La Force of the county of Woodford and the state of Kentucky, have nominated, constituted and appointed and by these presents do nominate, constitute and appoint Merit Young of the county and state aforesaid my true and lawful attorney for me and in my name to demand and take into possession ( if practicable) or make arrangements for the recovery of all or any part
/s/ W.B. La Force /seal/
Source: Woodford County Court
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