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Re: Tracing Persons Passing for White

There is no info on anyone in our family ever passing for white, but after my dad's death the hospital called me to ask if he was black, of hispanic origin. I told them to the best of my knowledge, no, just black. Sometime later while reading his medical records, I saw where the doctors identified him as colored, negro and black in his younger years, but white in his dying years. Jeepers! He did have very pale skin, blue-green eyes and red hair, but really. Anyway, it's a good thing we know we are and do look like black people. Such emotional turmoil a person must have being classified as one race but seeing another in their reflection.

There was, however, an aunt and uncle who were twins who simply vanished after the 1910 census. None of the older Walker relatives had anything to say about them when the family tree was being worked on. I suspect they passed for white and went to live in another state. They probably did not have children, but I hope they did. I also hope they didn't pass, just maybe had a falling out with the family and left. Their names were Sarah Albertha Walker and George Walker, Jr., and listed as 8-year-olds on the 1900 census in Attala County, MS. I've searched the SSI/Rootweb/Ancestry, you name it for them, but have come up empty or with possibilities that cannot be confirmed.

My cousin who did most of the work on compiling the Walker family tree was burned out afterward. She has passed the gauntlet to one of us other cousins to uncover the mystery of the vanished mulatto twins.

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18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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