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Re: Free Negro vs. Mullato
In Response To: Re: Free Negro vs. Mullato ()

Barbara,
Amen. I never could understand those who find that when their ancestor shows "mulatto" they will argue with you that it meant they were Indian. That was not the case, it always meant someone of mixed ancestry, and while that mix could include Indian, it usually also included black and white, too. Often, too, in the census people were just called "mulatto" because they happened to be light-skinned that year, while in other years, that same person would be listed as "black". It was all in the opinion of the census taker, and I believe that it also depended on whether or not that person had a sufficient enough tan that year to further confuse the census taker.

Deloris


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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