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Re: Unable to find FPOC+Washington Co. PA Census

Dear Jan, You have been so kind to help me and your census information has helped me find Roger - or at least I think I have found him. I hope you will be able to help me sort through what I have found when you get a chance. I would very much appreciate it. I have received no response from Afrigen. web site?

There were only two African Rogers in all of the data I searched through - the early slave registers and looking through all the family data in the census. (I found no FPOC living with any of the Dickerson family members)

I did find Rodger DORSEY living as a FPOC in the 1830 census (Washington County, Washington Township) with the age matching the manumission papers of 1808. No names of his family members were listed so I can only assume Benjamin Dorsey FPOC was his son - found in the 1840 census, Washington County, Washington Township - one of the neighbors, John Grayson was also listed as a neighbor of Rodger in the 1830 census.

(I did cross check all the names connected to a Joseph Dorsey - large slave owner in East? or West? Pike - near Brownsville. I also checked Dorsey Pentecost with no Rodgers, Benjamins, etc. (Joseph did have a Nan in the early slave records but no Rodger and no Benjamin.) There is a Nancy Dorcy attending church with my Dickersons - country colored classes of the Methodist church. I don't think these members would be from the far away Joseph Dorsey plantation so can only assume this Nancy Dorsey is, like Rodger, choosing the Dorsey name rather than the Dickerson name.

I followed these Dorseys up to the 1900's - finding Samuel W Dorsey, Hugh Dorsey, etc. All seem to fit but I am concerned about the last name of Dorsey rather than Dickerson and concerned about the first names not matching any Dickerson given names. We don't have Benjamin, Hugh, and Samuel in any Dickerson records. Is this usual, Jan? I see these names in the African American Frederick, Maryland records - where the Dickersons came from but I don't know if this is an explanation because Rodger and Nan lived with the Dickersons for so many years. I wonder if they always had the surname of Dorsey and the Dickersons, perhaps, did not use it??? So strange to me!

I did find your Tar Adams, Pearls, etc while searching through the census. I thought Tar Adams lived in Greene County but I saw him right near the Dorseys in Washington. Interesting man!

Please let me know you received this even if you don't have time to respond to all this at this holiday time of year.

Warm regards!

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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