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Re: [IL] Early African Americans

Ed Adams wrote, "...Charles Adams, a free black born abt 1790, lived in Illinois with his wife, Maria Adams, a free black born abt 1794. In 1842, Maria and seven or eight of their small children were kidnapped by slave traders. The slave trader, Kuykendall, also kidnapped in Illinois and sold in 1839 a free black named Lewis Adams, born 1824, and died 1930 in Copiah County, Mississippi.

1842 is the same year that my great grandfather, Mingo Adams born 1833, and his brother, Levi Adams born abt 1832, and sister, Sarah Adams born abt 1831, were deeded as gifts by a plantation owner in Copiah County, Mississippi. I do not know if they are Charles and Maria's children. ..."
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My reply:

What a tantalizing bit of history uncovered by your diligent research, Ed. If I were you, I know I would be champing at the bit to connect Charles and Maria Adams to my ancestors ;)

Bravo on the success of your recent characterization work.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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