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Re: Black persons in early Washington County, Penn


You have brought-up some interesting questions that I have no answers to at this point. However, here's what I have:

I believe there's an explanation on the surname of Lucas, namely: William Lucas, his descendants, etc., whether freed or slave contained in the book by Brenda Stevenson, "Black & White," I hope this is the correct one because I loaned this book to another person who has it.

You have more information on "Mary Dodd" than I. What I have found leads back to your basic data, Mary was important to The Lucas-Waters/Walters family. When I first started working on this side of the family, I quickly realized that it would entail working with sources from three states: Ohio, Pennsylania, and Virginia, not necessarily in that order. To this effect, I'm currently working with a member of the Simmons-Lucas family from Belmont County, Ohio and working back to Pennsylvania than Virginia. This involved my mother's maternal and paternal branches because of their intermarrying. This is another situation where a researcher group needs to be formed so we may gather and share data from different approaches. Ohio appears to be a major choice for our source of research. In all possibility, this is the last portal we have for Lucas family except for those who migrated to Africa from Virginia.

My next course of action would be to take your data on Mary Dodd back to the beginning for her because we know she was heavily involved with Solomon and his family, hence, the Heatons, in Loudoun County. I can trace the Cox family Lydia's husband to Loudoun County, and have pictures of Lydia, her husband, and their two daughers, all born in Loudoun County.

Here's something else. In Uniontown, Fayette County, PA, the Kennan family moved from to St. Clairsville, Belmont County, Ohio. Samuel Jones, see also the Cox and Lucas families, named at least two of his children after the Kennan family members, and there is much familarily between the two families, black and white. Therefore, when you investigate the Dodd-Heaton, you might consider at the same time the Kennan family. I would not be surprised to find a link between the white families, perhaps with the Underground Railroad.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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