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Re: Solomon Bruce and Barney Redman

Hello Gene,
Yes, I agree with you. This is what I know. In Barney Redman's (Civil War soldier and son of Barney Redman Sr. and Nellie Lett)obit, it states that Mary Louisa Bruce McHenry, etc. are half-brothers and sisters to Barney Jr. So if you agree that Solomon Bruce did, in fact, bring his children from Jane into Greene County and Barney Redman Jr. states that they are his half-brothers and sisters, doesn't this mean that this is the same Solomon Bruce who was the slave of the Vanmeters?
In the 1840 census of Hardy County, I suspect that the male 24-35 is Solomon, the two females 36-54 are Susan and Harriet Little (I believe Susan is Solomon's sister and Harriet is his niece)and the two females 10-24 are Jane and one of their children.
Since marriage among slaves was not recognized, many slaves lived as man as wife without any documentation of their marriage. Likewise, no documentation of a divorce. Slaves as well was whites went from one person to another a lot of times without the benefit of a preacher. In addtion, our ancestors were not necessarily "good Puritans." They did not always get along or stay with each other for the sake of the kids. Furthermore, it appears that Jane was several years younger than Solomon. One can speculate on that but I won't.

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