AfriGeneas States Research Forum
I'm still researching to followup on my grandfather telling me years ago that his family lived in Illinois and were "taken back to slavery". Many free blacks living in Illinois were kidnapped and sold south. The Charles and Maria below are Charles Adams and his wife. Maria Adams and seven of her children were kidnapped in Illinois by slave traders in 1842. One of their sons might prove to be my great grandfather. Ninian Edwards became a governor of Illinois.
Ninian EDWARDS pledges to CHARLES and MARIA (the wife) that he will free MARIA if they continue to conduct themselves well at the time of CHARLES ' freedom, which will be in 1834. Dated March 4, 1818. Test: Amos RERVES, Randolph Co., IL. Certified the above copy of pledge to CHARLES and Maria ADAMS, so attest this June 7, 1832. Seal of Court, Kaskaskia City, signed by James HUGHES.
Timothy GUARD swore that Ailsey DIGGS, Negro woman, purchased as a slave some 20 years ago, is not obligated to serve him in any way, and as she was living in Illinois prior to the General Assembly Act of January 17, 1829 Is free and a citizen of Illinois. Certified by L. WHITE, Clerk of Gallatin County, Illinois.
David DAVIS, free man of color, registers the following children of his and CUBA, a free woman: (1) WILLIAM born June 29, 1829, (2) GRANDISON, born March 30, 1831, (3) SARAH JANE, born January 29, 1832, (4) JAMES CARROLL born April 20, 1834, (5) DAVIS CARROLL born July 4, 1835, (6) AQUALI DORSON, born July 19, 1839.