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Re: To: Paul Heinegg
In Response To: To: Paul Heinegg ()

Hi Tee. I did not mean to say that Barak's white ancestors were proven to have African American ancestry. But there is a good chance that it is so. Samuel Bunch of Louisa County (no. 1016 on Barak's genealogy) could very well be the Samuel Bunch of Louisa County who was indicted by the Louisa County court (along with members of the Hall, Collins, Donathan, Branham and Gibson families--all mixed raced families) for failing to list a tithable in 1745. Since they were not old enough to have children of tithable age (16), they were most likely being indicted for failure to pay tax on their wives. The court documents support this analysis. This was a common situation where a tax collector would suddenly seek to enforce the 1723 law which made African Americans taxable on their wives (regardless of the race of their wives). The court would then take up the same argument that John Bunch brought to the General Court in 1705; ie., how much African ancestry did the individual have and did they "come under the law." For other such cases see:


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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