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Re: Black and Native Relations - REDMAN info

Hi Nicole. Please do not take offense, but I do not take seriously claims like, "Legend has also related that William Redman supposedly had Cherokee Indian ancestry" and "there was a Samuel Redman in upstate South Carolina who was part Indian as well as John." I have also seen claims that the Virginia branch of the family were Indians with no supporting documentation.

The documenation we do have is that a "molatto" child named Nann was freed from slavery in 1697 because it was proved in court that her mother was Jane Redman. Also, there were a number of mixed-race Redmans who were free during the colonial period who (to my way of thinking) were most likely her descendants because there were only about a dozen people whose manumission was approved by the Virginia Legislature during the colonial era and Redman was not one of them.

Richard was one of the most common first names for the Redmans. A Richard Redman registered in Halifax County, Virginia, in 1825: about 38 years of age, of a yellow complexion, born of a white woman." I think it most likely that by "born of a white woman" the clerk meant free because of descent from a white woman.

I will certainly follow your lead about the other South Carolina information you mentioned.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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