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Black- Blackstones

Hi Group:

I am searching for my Black - Blackstone relatives from Maryland. My gggrandfather, Robert Blackstone was born in Baltimore, MD around 1813 and family history has it that he was born a "Free person of color". He and his wife, Mary Hebron -from Montgomery, Co., MD, moved to Washington, DC around 1850 and worked there. Around 1860, he and his family, wife and 4 sons, moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, so that he could work on the "new" suspension bridge there. Around 1864, he died while working on that bridge. Before he died, he was also a member of "The Black Brigade" a northern, Black Civil War unit.

I have been genealogy research for 27 years and this is one of my most unyielding "brick walls". Anyway, from the data I have found, I believe that Robert's folks may have come from Annapolis, Annie Arundell, Co. Are there any records or data I could use on the Internet or at a LDS library, or National Archives, or any where else, that will help me? I really want to find his parents and more.

Thank you for any assistance this group can give me and please email me if you have any questions.

Janet Keys Benson

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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