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This was posted yesterday by Joseph Fox on the website. Another example of the value of searching newspapers for key information.

William "Uncle Billy" Johnson......A Slave who lived to be over 100 years old owned by my family in Hamphire & Morgan County WV. This is an article out of the Cumberland Maryland newspaper in 1897 where someone wrote a small story on his life. He was first owned by my 4th great grandfather Angus Mcdonald Sr......William shows up in the 1900 census record at 103 years old in Paw Paw WV, however I can find no death record or Obit. My family owned many slaves with birth dates and deaths entered into the family bible, yet at some point the names and information were all blotted out. I am interested in researching more about them and was wondering if anyone could give me some insight as to where I need to go about finding more information for my research. Thank you!


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