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Re: Inquiry on the Color Line
In Response To: Inquiry on the Color Line ()

Hello Daniel -

I wonder if you're still pursuing the same line of inquiry as you were three years ago, and where it has taken you since. I've been following a similar trail since 2000, but focused on the 18th century VA-NC border and early 19th-century TN, where it's much harder going. I would be really interested in corresponding about anything you may have discovered about those earlier places and times. My particular interest is in the ways laws and social customs affecting FPOC evolved as the frontier moved west and "civilization" caught up. I have a fragmentary picture of developments in my ggg-grandfather's TN Baptist church between 1802 and say 1830, but the background needs a lot of filling in. Another set of questions involves the role of free people of color in steamboat traffic on the Arkansas and other rivers in the mid-19th.

If your 19th- and 20th-century research is still ongoing, I might be able to connect you with my 3rd cousins. They are descendants of my gg-grandfather and his mistress, who was a slave and also his wife's first cousin. From pictures they've sent, they span every imaginable shade, but have never separated into white and black branches. (Chances are pretty good that my gg-grandmother herself had mixed ancestry, although she was white enough for her husband to become Governor of Arkansas.)

If you have the time and interest to talk more about these questions, please let me know.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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