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Re: The Generic "Free Negro" in early Virginia

James, thanks for your response and the clarification as to the low probability of a possible Pamunkey connection with my ancestor Hannah, the the mulatto woman belonging to Mrs. Laforce who had five (5) children fathered by an "Indian".

My confusion came from the fact of the LaForce family settling on the James River in King William Parish, Henrico County, VA ca 1700 with approximately 700 other French Huegenot immigrants. Then when the Senior Rene LaForce was named a Justice of the Peace for Goochland County when it was formed out of Henrico County in, I believe, 1728 I then mistakenly connected the present day Pamunkey Tribal reservation in Goochland Co., VA to the Native Americans who may have been in the proximity of the LaForce's in that part of Goochland County.

Art Thomas


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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