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Re: Assumptions about the racial origins of "fpoc"
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HI, Yes, again to all of your questions. You see my grandparents were half first cousins. So all of the folks that I am talking about were my greatgrandparents who lived near if not next door to each other. One half brother was born during slavery. His mother's freedom was purchased by her 3rd husband who was manumitted. He was illiterate. His wife's mother was considered mulatto as was her grandmother. So she was probably about 1/4 black. The half brother who was the minister was a free born and had a college education. Both brothers had the same mother, but different fathers. The father of the minister was considered mulatto. The minister's wife's parents were both considered mulatto. If any thing I think he listed his family as mulatto because he was mixed race and the other brother wasn't. I think the purpose would be not to lie, but because this was VA in the early 1900s there might have been some social status associated with it as well.
I have photos of most of the above mentioned family members, and if I didn't tell you which was which, you would probably think the wrong family was mulatto.
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