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Re: Who were Free People of Color?

Carla:

After departing from the VA Tidewater during the late 1690 to early 1700's, the majority of my family landed along the border of VA/NC, in now Greensville County, VA and Gaston, NC. Therefore, I am very familiar with the marriages/relationships in the area. As you noted, the racial lines seem to be a bit less defined. I believe class was the primary driver in finding a mate.

I have shared my own family marriages with Paul H. over the past few yrs. It's a bit "confusing". With regards to the Harris', you note a white man married an FPC in Greensville County during the early 1700's. Perhaps, the "white man" was FPC, became accepted as "white", then married FPC? Does the man descend from the FPC's documented by Paul H?

Within my own family I have seen the same pattern of oscillating - where a white/FPC marriage results into two or even three groups of children (white, mixed/black and native american). IMHO, there are few full-blood Whites and African Americans in lower VA/upper NC.

It's all about where an individual feels most comfortable.

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