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Re:Black and Native Relations
In Response To: Re:Black and Native Relations ()

Hello Andrew,

Thanks for correcting me on Eugenia. She was actually my grandmother's sister, so she would be my great aunt. In my aunt Helen's autobiography
she said " 'Eugenia, mama's sister ,was the oldest child. Her father was Roger Lewis and Miranda Brisby, an Indian... My father used to take me back to the Pamunkey Indian Reservation . I rode in a wagon with him and when we came to West Point where the train crossed the wooden bridge , we left the wagon hitched to a team of horses on the New Kent side and walked the rest of the way."

She also said, " Following Indian custom, Grandpa Brisby carried his mother's name rather than his father's."
In addition to Eugenia and Nancy, there were six boys:Randolph, Tom, Eddie, Christopher ,Willie, and Clarence.( I have a not so good photo of some of the brothers(our great uncles) taken at a funeral.

After Anne died, W.H. Brisby married "Victoria, a full bloodied Virginia Indian" and started a second family. I have been in touch with the grand daughter whose name is Barbara Brisby Petty.who lives in Washington, D.C.This was in 2002 and she was 72 years old then.

Helen Jackson Lee's Autobiography is "Nigger in the Window", 1978, Doubleday .


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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