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seeking Pink TYLER - fpoc in NC

I have a TYLER line that is traced to one Pink Tyler and her husband. According to family history, Pink Tyler was a free mulatto, born in North Carolina, and the daughter of a slaveowner named Tyler who "decreed" that she and her offspring were free. She was "married" to a man by the name of Primus EDWARDS who was a slave to a man of the same surname. According to the family history, when 3 of their sons were "of age" they went to Canada, where they earned enough money, cutting wood, to purchase their father's freedom. Upon his emancipation, Primus took the surname of his wife.

In a listing of North Carolina Free Colored Heads of Household, for 1820, I find a Pink Tyler listed in Chatham County. I believe that this MAY be my ancestress, but am unsure. The family history states that since the sons could not purchase his freedom directly, they prevailed upon a Quaker man to do so in exchange for them building him a barn. One of the reasons I think that this may be the Pink Tyler I'm looking for is that there seems to have been a large Quaker settlement in Chatham County.

Does anyone have any suggestions on avenues that I can pursue in an attempt to narrow down whether or not this might by my ancestor and gain more information about her?


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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