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FPOC's from VA/NC into OH prior to 1820

In doing a year-end review of my FTM database for possible updates I'm seeing many surnames being mentioned here on the FPOC Forum that connect into my personal family histories & genealogies.

Some of the surnames that connect were in Ohio prior to 1820, some even before Ohio statehood in 1803. Sources for this information are the FPOC Forum, Ancestry, LDS site(s), Paul Heinegg's work cited here on AfriGeneas.

In addition to my work in Ohio County courthouses, UGRR and A.M.E. research I would like to mention Bev Gray's website which clearly demonstartes the presence of these surnames in Ross County, Ohio prior to 1820.

Bradley, Carter, Freeman, Nickens, Nutter and Piles are used here for examples.

BRADLEY - ca 1799-1802... Joseph, Sirrah, Robert & Phyllis. A Bradley descendant, Sarah "Sallie" Bradley, marries George Gammon in 1835. George is the son of John & Rebecca Gammon awho were married in 1807 in Urbana,Champaign County, OH. George & Sallie are documented UGRR conductors in Springfield, Oh with their house built in 1851 being renovated as an UGRR Interetive Center.

CARTER - ca 1808-1812 ...Fannie & Sally .....Fannie Carter who marries a Henry Hitt in Ross county later migrates to Urbana, Ohio... there she becomes involved wtih, John & Rebcca Gammon, ...Lewis & Susan Adams, Frank & Rachel Reno, my 3rd & 4th great-grandparents, in chartering an A.M.E. church....St. Paul in 1824. Fannie owned the land where the original building was built and donated that land to the church.

FREEMAN - ca 1812 .... Moses & Nancy ... Moses Freeman was the agent sent by Richard Allen, founder of the A.M.E. church into Ohio to establish A.M.E. churches in Ohio and Urbana, Ohio w/St. Paul A.M.E. being one of those church's chartered with the help of Moses Freeman.

NICKENS - ca 1804 .... Amblick, Sarah, Wm., Rose, David, Esther, Isaac, Jane, Owens and Dilcey are early Nicken settlers in Ross County, Ohio...Some Nickens descendants migrated to the Madison/Clark county areas and married into my Bray& Ward connections.

PILES - ca 1800 ..... Nelson, Elinor, Robert, Wm. and Maria, this family migrated in Clark county, Ohio and became heavily invovled in UGRR activities and the A.M.E. church in Springfield, OH. Piles are collateral family through their marriages to Bell, Adams and Nutter. Robert Piles, a barber owned significant properties and left an estate in excess of $100,000 when he passed away 1886 in Springfield, OH. He was in business with a Miles ancestor and I've found them advertised in the 1833 Springfield city directory 'Miles & Piles Barber & Shaving Services.

Thanks to all of the above mentioned sources, filling in the blanks and expanding beyond my immediate family has been to this point, a very rewarding genealogical journey.

My advice...when you hit a 'brickwall' look outside of your direct lines. You will be surprised by the amount of information you get on/about your families when you search the broader community.

Now back to my reiview and updates.

Art Thomas

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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