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Re: YORK?? - Questions
In Response To: YORK?? - Questions ()

Hello Allen:

Very little of my focus has been on the Northwest and the birthplace of York in the Upper South. I'm confident that this forum will teach us all about the lives of African Americans in the Pacific Northwest.

I am also confident that Afrigeneas' talented genealogists may be able to answer some questions about the birth and origins of York. Our task in genealogical search is to study our ancestors' enslavers. For all the information printed on Clark, I am sure that his slave owning records are not prominently featured in his biography.

Two researchers at Afrigeneas who are tops in researching family enslavers and their ancestors are Denise Oliver Velez (Getting Started Forum) and Art Thomas. They visit this forum and may offer some insight into the early years of York's life.

Your letter and questions will produce many responses I am sure. Other Afrigeneas family members may uncover information about the masters of York and York's parents that you mention. What did he look like? Like his parents who may or may not have been mixed with Indian or white blood. Our early president Thomas Jefferson discusses these blood mixtures in his Notes on the State of Virginia. He said that it was difficult to distinguish Native Americans and Blacks Although he wasn't known as an anthropologist, he did write about them in his chapter on the Aborigines. We all know that he had first hand knowledge on racial mixtures. By the way Jefferson was a good friend of Lewis Meriwether.

You mentioned that York talked a lot. Perhaps there are diaries or articles in someone's archive that mentions him. I wish that I could add more about his marriage, artifacts wife etc.

Again, I am confident that someone will respond to your thought provoking questions.

Good luck in your search.

K Wyer Lane

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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