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Re: Walden-Chesnut-Langston Connections
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I am looking for information about my great-grandfather, Morris M. Sampson of North Carolina, born circa 1834. I have reason to believe that he was orphaned at a very young age and that he was adopted by either the Patterson's or the Chester's of Fayetteville, North Carolina. He used "Patterson" as a surname for a long time as did his siblings. My search brings me to Mary Sampson Patterson Leary Langston whom I discovered was the grandmother of Langston Hughes. I cannot find Morris on censuses prior to 1867 (Madison, Florida), but I have found people in early censuses in Ohio who may be the same person. If anyone knows anything about Mary Sampson's siblings, I would be so grateful. Morris was a sheriff in Madison, Florida, and a fierce advocate for voting rights for people of color. His dedication cost him his life, as he was hanged circa 1882. My goal is to give my great grandfather a proper memorial. To be able to find his family is the least I can do. Thanks for any help you can give me.
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