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I took a chance...
On page 79, I first saw
ADELAIDE there are only 2 times it has been spelled exactly this way, both on a census
In the 1870 SC census it gave
Adelaide TEAGUE
Lucinda Vance(my grgrandma age 18 bn abt 1852)
Francis Vance
Harriet Vance
Elbert Vance
Beckie Vance
James Vance
I have traced all of these siblings migrations.
For 10 years this was embedded in my brain and notes. I have done a lot of traveling to work shops and just to get the feel. Made lots of friends that talk the way I do..genealogy. Some from SC gave me lots of hints.
I looked into all records I could find for Teague and Vance. Vance records did not have these names. The 1860 slave record for TEAGUE, had a female with an guesstimated birth age of 1820 which would have been my gggrandma's year. Nothing else was in any records that I could find for slave names of any kind. So I actually just had settled on that's where the SURNAMES came from..the LAST slaveholder. But for some reason, ancestor's just would not let me rest.

Because I am a member of the Old Edgefield Afro American Genealogy Society, I contacted Ms T. Browder, the reference librarian, with what I had. They were just starting up this branch and she had time to look up members of the VANCE family and marriage partners. She has now turned some of her duties over to others. To make a long story short, I KNOW those 'leaves' on this tree.
Bernice A Bennet wrote a excerpt about the Slave Research Book. Thanks Bernice. With the membership that includes the SC Newsletter and Quill, I have bought many books (3) that I have felt might confirm information. NOTHING was ever found.
So I decided to try this book, by doing what Mrs Bennet did. FOR ME it worked. There was ADELAIDE, FRANCIS, HARRIET, ELBERT charted exactly like in 1870. The first family group on Calhoun estate sale list. Lucinda/Lucy was further down purchased by someone else. It may not work for everyone. CALHOUN's Estate made over $118,000 profit for, 47 slaves Oct 27 1863. All these people did not stay in and around SC after sales. Some were transported to MS, Ga., NC and anywhere else slaves were needed for labor. BUT 1865 came, freedom. Some migrated, some changed their surnames. I just have tried everything. I found Lucy in 1900 in Monroe Ms. All of the census up to 1920 said born in Ms. Black people did not know how to fill out these forms. Most were illiterate. On the 1930 census SC was given. Then stuff started making some sense.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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