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Not a direct connect but background might add a glimmer of light to the path you are traveling.
William Ellison Jr, born April Ellison, (C. April, 1790 – 5 December 1861) was a free negro and former slave in South Carolina who achieved success in business as a cotton gin maker and blacksmith before the American Civil War. He eventually became a major planter and one of the largest property owners, and certainly the wealthiest black property owner, in the state. He held 60 slaves at his death and more than 1,000 acres of land.