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HONESTY: another unique black surname?
In Response To: Re: Tosspot in KY ()
Since you've worked on the STRANGE and TOSSPOT family surnames from Winchester, VA, I wonder if you have also run across any information about the HONESTY family?
I've encountered them as I continue tracing the Strange families that migrated to PA & OH from the Winchester/Berryville area in VA. I've seen that there are many families, white and black, with Strange (Strang, etc.) surname; but I agree with your speculation that Tosspot, most likely because of its less than respectable origin, may be unique to the extended family from Virginia that migrated to Delaware County, PA, Cincinnati, OH, Buffalo, NY, Louisville, KY, etc.
As for the HONESTY family, in a quick look at census records, I saw that nearly everyone with this surname is recorded as black or mulatto. It might be a family name they chose for themselves, conferring ultimate respectability; or possibly they just had many more descendants than the Euro-Americans associated with this surname. They seemed to originate in Fairfax County, VA, but I've also found them in VA counties of Frederick, Fauquier, and Loudoun. They could be related to a branch of the STRANGE family (Elizabeth/Betsie, Emanuel, William) that migrated around 1840-80 to Fayette and Allegheny counties in PA from Winchester, VA (home of antebellum freedmen Reuben and Richard STRANGE, and AME minister Jacklin STRANGE).
It may be coincidence, but I think that William STRANGE and William HONESTY in 1900 Ohio census may be relatives from Fayette County, PA whose ancestors are from northern VA. Possibly they migrated together. STRANGE lived in Lorain County, OH in 1900; HONESTY resided in Youngstown, OH 1900-20.
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