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Free black family migration: VA to PA, NY, OH, KY

African-American Tosspot families from Winchester, VA to Delaware County, PA; Buffalo, NY; Cincinnati, OH; Louisville, KY

Associated surnames: Ball, Guess, Lucas, Strange, Tolliver, Triplett

Art, thanks again for posting the link to your list of African-American residents of Cincinnati, 1842. I recognized surnames associated with several Virginia families, including Tosspot. The Robinson, Strange, and Tosspot families all had a connection to Edward McGuire of Winchester, VA. Although “tosspot” is a slang word for a drunkard, I’m not sure of the name’s true origin. It could have been a misspelling of another name. Like the African-American Strange families in PA (& perhaps also those in OH), they also descend from FPOC in Winchester, VA. Variant spellings include Taspot, Tasspot, Tespot, Tospot, Tospott. Apparently related individuals migrated from Virginia to Buffalo, NY, Cincinnati, OH, Delaware County, PA, and Louisville, KY.

1803-1820 Winchester, Frederick, VA (Free Negroes & Mulattos)
TOSSPOT, Timothy & Sarah “Sally”

War of 1812 Service Records
TOSPOTT, Jacob, rank in & out: servant
57th VA Militia

1817 Winchester, Frederick, VA
Reuben Strange (born c. 1765) freed by Edward McGuire
(In 1813, Timothy Tosspot & Charles Robinson lived near and/or worked for Edward McGuire)

1836 Winchester, Frederick, VA
STRAGE/STRANGE, Richard

1840 Ward 4, Cincinnati, OH
TOSSPOT, George

1842 Cincinnati, OH
BALL, William, steward, Sycamore bet. Woodward & Franklin
BALL, William, drayman, Sycamore bet. Abigail & Woodward
BALL, R., barber, Sycamore bet. Front & 2nd; Sycamore bet Abigail & Woodward
STRANGE, Gabriel, shoemaker, Broadway bet. 6th & New
TOLLIVER, Pholip (Philip?), juckster (huckster?) New east of Broadway
TOSSPOT, George, barber, Front bet. Vine & Race
TOSSPOT, Johnathan, barber, boards G. TOSSPOT
TOSSPOT, Timothy, drayman, Masonic alley
TRIPLETT, Alfred, waiter, 3rd bet. Race & Elm

1860 Ward 4, Cincinnati, OH
TOSSPOT, Jim, 30, fireman, b. 1830 VA

1860 Ward 18, Cincinnati, OH
HOH—TOSPOT, Jonathan, 40, b. 1820 VA
Wife—Elizabeth, 34, b. 1826 VA
Dau—Cora, 8, b. OH
Son—Charles, 6, b. OH
Other—GUESS, Mildred, 24, b. VA

Civil War Soldiers
TASPOT/TESPOT, George, private 32 US Colored Infantry
Enlisted 3 March 1864; mustered out 22 Aug 1865
Organized at Camp William Penn, Philadelphia, PA, Feb 7-March 7, 1864
Fought in SC

1870 Ward 4 Cincinnati, Hamilton, OH
TASSPOT/TOSSPOT, Susan, 45, keeping house, b. 1825 VA
Lucas, Julia, 48, at home, b. VA


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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