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BURRIS, Samuel D. 1808-1869 ?

[quote ]"Burris, Samuel D. (1808-c. 1869), antislavery activist and conductor on the Underground Railroad, was born in Kent County, Delaware. Little is known of his early years except that his mother was a free woman of color, but as a young adult he moved to the Philadelphia area, became a farmer, married, and started a family. (No information about his wife and children is available.)"

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Just beginning to learn a bit about Sam Burris. Are there other details available? Is there a published accounting of his life and contributions as an Emancipator? I understand that the family lost their farm due to inability to repay the "abolitionists " who schemed to prevent his being 'sold down the river' for the role he played as Abolitionist. If so why did this happen? Was he 'done in' by friends? Are their descendants? Did he die in obscurity? Where are his remains?


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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