AfriGeneas Free Persons of Color Forum
Re: Tosspots, Winchester & Oberlin College
In Response To: Tosspots, Winchester ()
In case you don't already have this record, I found George H. Tosspot listed on a website for Oberlin College Archives. He was an African-American student at Oberlin College, 1852-53. Apparently he died during that academic year.
I also found other names of African Americans that I recognized as children or grandchildren of FPOC in Virginia, including: John Francis Cook (Oberlin 1853-56) and George Frederic Thompson Cook (Oberlin 1853-58; 1859-60). They are sons of Rev. John Francis Cook, a Presbyterian pastor and antislavery activist of Washington, DC, one of over 20 individuals whose freedom was purchased by Alethia Browning Tanner and Sophia Browning Bell, sisters of Rev. Cook's mother Laurena Browning Cook. Rev. Cook's wife Jane Mann Cook is a daughter of Rachel Mann, FPOC from Virginia. Three other Oberlin students, William W., Grace C., and Samuel W. Strange were children of Civil War USCT veteran William Wallace Strange of Winchester, VA (wife Cassandra of Fayette County, PA). After leaving Oberlin, William Jr. worked as a civil and mining engineer, Grace was a school teacher and librarian, and Samuel taught music.