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Re: Black persons in early Washington County, Penn

Linda:

It's almost a certainly that I have had relatives in Fayette, it's just a matter of pinpointing which ones'. The Cox family lived in Uniontown on Murphy Street. Included in this family was Anna West which takes one back to Washington PA.

In Brownsville, there's a good possibility that Henry Cox and the Lucas and Jackson families are related but at this point I'm still working to clear-up this family. More later on this one and if I don't get back to you by mid-March next year, please ask me about this.

Although Monongahela City (Mon City) is located in Washington County, PA, it's very close to Fayette County. We are researching the Simmons, and Hilton on that side of the family.

Sorry, I can't be more specific here, Linda, but we're working on the 100th Simmons-Newsome Family Reunion planned for August 2009, in Mt. Vernon, Ohio. By the way, this group of people also were early settlers in Barnesville, Ohio.

By the way, for those researching the two southern parts of Ohio and Pennsylvania, and are unaware of this. In 1881, Rev. William J. Johnson, pastor of the (now closed) Bethel AME and Captina AME Churches made a statement in part that: "The first group [of colored persons] came from Pennsylvania and from slave states with their owners who freed them upon reaching Ohio." This is where History should precede Genealogy, i.e., most of us migrating from the South did come first through Pennsylvania to Ohio.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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