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Need Information For Book--Elmwood

Hello, my name is Valerie Bradley-Holliday. I recently published a book entitled: Northern Roots (African Descended Pioneers in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan). I am posting to your Web Site in the hopes that someone may recognize one or all of these individuals (refer to the list). I am writing a book about an African American community that they were a part of called, "Elmwood." which was located in the Ottawa National Forest of Michigan. The community was presented in Theresa A. Singleton's "I, too, Am America" from an archeological standpoint.

I want to add that the individuals that I listed came from Chicago, Illinois prior to coming to Elmwood, Michigan (a location in the Ottawa National Forest) to farm and cut pulpwood. Anyone who can help me find information on any of these individuals is greatly appreciated. Please feel free to contact me at

Cherry Donaldson born around 1879; reported origin North Carolina.
Jerry Donaldson born around 1871; reported origin Louisiana.
Josephus Keeble born around 1910; reported origin Missouri.
Ethel Keeble, sister of Joseph Keeble
John Williams born around 1878; reported origin Mississippi.
Ernest Bell born around 1882; reported origin Louisiana.
Thomas Thompson born around 1897; reported origin Indiana.
Bessie Carter born around 1896; reported origin Mississippi
Thomas Elbird born around 1858; reported origin New York.
Jack Farley born around 1863 (origin reported generally as United States)
Charles Dent born around 1874 (origin reported generally as United States)
Cal Green
Raymond Mahan
Ethel Rogers
N. W. Williams
P. L. Grooms
John Henderson, children:
A. N. Williams (listed as having four children)
Mr. Adams
Mr. Beatty

These individuals all are reported as living at Elmwood. Anyone with any information about these people or incidents about their experiences in Elmwood Community can send information to my E-mail at

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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