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Re: [SC] Berkeley, Barbados connection examined

Just reviewing forums for December and very interested in the research you are doing on the Butler holdings including "weeping time". I first became aware of Pierce Butler and his wife [nee] Kimble in the historical novel "Five generations of a Slaveholding Family" and absentee slaveowners..
Wondering if you might be interested or willing to lead a discussion in this forum sharing some of your general and specific findings. In my view everyone interested to research the period of enslavement would do well to be aware and be knowledgeable be aware of the Butler experience.

Thanx for your consideration.

I too have researched the Barbados-Carolina connection finding out that the Middleton family came from Barbados to the Carolinas in the 1600s. My ancestors were enslaved by the Middleton and Bull families of SC and eventually ended up with Major Pierce Butler who moved his slaves in 1793 to the coastal islands of Georgia (Butlers Island and St. Simons). I have a lists (dating back to 1771) of 400+ slaves living on the Bull Plantations showing how they were to be divided amongst the original owner's (Mary Branford Bull) four granddaughters (one being the wife of Major Butler). I have traced these families through the censuses (some to 1940). I have a lists of Major Butler's slaves (inherited by his grandsons, Pierce Mease Butler and John Butler, that were auctioned off in 1859 during what is known as "The Weeping Time." My great great grandparents and their two older children were sold from Georgia to Natchitoches Parish, LA. I have done tons of research on these slaves.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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