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FPOC'S & Inter-familial connections

The discussion on the "Free" Generic Negro and their origins has been enlightening and interesting to say the least.

When my genealogical research took a serious approach about 20+ years ago and I got into my ancestors who happened to be labeled FPOC's it was more of an interest of WHO they were and HOW did they become “free” rather than WHAT they were.

I maintain a database that today numbers nearly 20,000 individuals that consists of direct, and collateral relationships for not only my family lines, but those who married into those family lines and also members of other families in communities where my FPOC ancestors settled in Ohio prior to 1865. The connectivity of FPOC surnames is amazing!!!!

These connections are from families who settled primarily in the Ohio counties of Allen, Athens, Champaign, Clark, Clinton, Darke, Greene, Logan, Mercer, Miami, Paulding, Ross, Shelby, Warren and Washington. They migrated into Ohio originally from NC and VA, with some coming from WV and PA. Included, but not limited to, are these surnames, many found in the works of Forum Manager Paul Heinegg: Adams, Allen, Artis, Barnett, Bowles, Boyd, Chavis, Copeland, Dempsey, Gale(s), Harvey, Honesty, Lucas, Moss, Nickens, Reno, Scott, Simpson, Stanhope, Stillgess, Stewart, Taborn, Tudor, Walden, Warrick, Waters, Weaver, Whetsel and Woodson.

It would be great to connect with others who frequent the FPOC Forum to try and match their folks with those in my database whose surnames are included above.

Oh, the part on WHAT was the ethnic origin/race. One example of the white woman/black man mix that Paul mentions is that of a 4th great grandmother, Elizabeth "Betsy" Walden (1825-1874). Her mother, supposedly white, and John Walden, a man of color came into Ohio from NC. The family is found in the Ohio Census for Ross County in 1830. Elizabeth "Betsy" is my DIRECT maternal 4th great-grandmother and my mtDNA test results indicate a female of European ancestry in that line.

Thanks again for this discussion thread and hopefully through it additional connections can be made.

Art Thomas

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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