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Re: A chapter of family history
In Response To: A chapter of family history ()

Hi Art:

You and your family's incredible history has been in my thoughts.
Have you completed any chapters etc that you can share with us?

Be aware!!! I will be with you (and I am sure the rest of the Afrigeneas community ) and supporting you in this incredible chronicle of American history

K Wyer Lane

Hello All,

: Below is the beginning of my family history in this country, to
: this point. This is my documentation of the first slave
: ancestor, Betty (Bess). her children and the first slave-holding
: family (La Force). Taken from my 'notes'
: on Betty from her section of my Family Tree Maker Page.

: Hannah #2, her 'notes' pick up her children, which includes
: Candice, my 5th great grandmother and later generations.

: I need help in giving the story a 'better flow'.
: Thanks in advance for all comments/criticisms.

: Art Thomas

: Generation No. 1

: 1. BETTY "BESS"1 (LAFORCE) was born ca 1730 in ????, and
: died in ????.

: Notes for BETTY "BESS" (LAFORCE): Betty or
: "Bess" is listed as one of 13 slaves captured in the
: Shawnee Indian raid at Martin's Station, KY in June of 1780. The
: 13 slaves were the property of Mrs. Agnes Moseby La Force, widow
: of Rene La Force. The La Force family, a French Hugenot family
: originally from Goochland Co., VA had migrated into
: the western portion of Virginia that later became Woodford Co., KY
: following the death of Rene La Force.
: While in Goochland Co., VA the La Force family were neighbors to
: the famed Randolph family of Virgina.

: Betty is believed to be the mother of 7 of the slaves, with a
: daughter named Hannah listed among the slaves. After their
: capture, Betty, the other twelve (12) slaves and the other
: members of the Agnes La Force family were taken to Detroit, MI
: and eventually into Canada (West) for distribution among the
: Shawnee and their Indian agents who were British Loyalist.

: Betty, along with her children Grace, Rachel, and Patrick were kept
: by the Shawnee. The other children were dispersed among the
: Loyalist as follows: Scippio---Simon Girty, Ishmael--Philip Le
: Duc, Stephen--Capt. Duncan Graham, Kijah
: "Keggy"--Capt. Matthew Elliott, Joseph--Capt. Matthew
: Elliott, Job--Mr. Duperon Baby (pronounced Baw-be), Hannah-Mr.
: Frederick Fisher and Kandis (Candis)-Capt. Alex McKee.

: In 1812-1813 the La Force family petitioned the British government
: for the return of their slaves. The documentation describing the
: pettiton may be found in the Woodford County Court (Book F, pp
: 187-188 and 311 which lists the names of the slaves.

: Children of BETTY "BESS" (LAFORCE) are: 2. i. HANNAH2
: (LAFORCE), b. ca 1745, ????; d. ????.
: ii. SCIPPIO (LAFORCE).
: Notes for SCIPPIO (LAFORCE): When the La Force family petitioned
: (1812-1813) for the return of their slaves captured in the
: Martin's Station raid in June 1780 it was stated that Scipio had
: been taken by Simon Girty, a white Pennsylvanian
: wo sided with the British and led many Indian raids against the
: Americans.

: Futher research required for Vital Records on Scipio. For
: continuity we have assumed the surname of
: La Force for all of the slaves captured in this raid.

: iii. JAMES/TIM (LAFORCE), b. ????; d. ????.
: Notes for JAMES/TIM (LAFORCE): When the La Force family petitioned
: (1812-1813) for the return of their slaves captured in the
: Martin's Station raid in June 1780 it was stated that James/Tim
: had been taken by Mr. Philip Le Duc, a French Canadian member of
: the raiding party led by Capts. Bird and McKee.

: Futher research required for Vital Records on James/Tim. For
: continuity we have assumed the surname of La Force for all of
: the slaves captured in this raid.

: iv. ISHMAEL (LAFORCE), b. ????; d. ????.
: Notes for ISHMAEL (LAFORCE): When the La Force family petitioned
: (1812-1813) for the return of their slaves captured in the
: Martin's Station raid in June 1780 it was stated that Ishmael
: had been taken by Mr. Philip Le Duc, a French Canadian member of
: the raiding party led by Capts. Bird and McKee.

: Futher research required for Vital Records on Ishmael. For
: continuity we have assumed the surname of
: La Force for all of the slaves captured in this raid.

: v. STEPHEN (LAFORCE).
: Notes for STEPHEN (LAFORCE): When the La Force family petitioned
: (1812-1813) for the return of their slaves captured in the
: Martin's Station raid in June 1780 it was stated that Stephen
: had been taken by Capt. Duncan Graham, an officer and agent in
: the British Indian Department.

: Futher research required for Vital Records on Stephen. For
: continuity we have assumed the surname of
: La Force for all of the slaves captured in this raid.

: vi. JOSEPH "JOE" (LAFORCE).
: Notes for JOSEPH "JOE" (LAFORCE): When the La Force
: family petitioned (1812-1813) for the return of their slaves
: captured in the Martin's Station raid in June 1780 it was stated
: that Joseph had been taken by Capt. Matthew Elliot, an officer
: and agent in the British Indian Department.

: Futher research required for Vital Records on Joseph. For
: continuity we have assumed the surname of
: La Force for all of the slaves captured in this raid.

: vii. KIJAH 'KEGGY" (LAFORCE).
: Notes for KIJAH 'KEGGY" (LAFORCE): When the La Force family
: petitioned (1812-1813) for the return of their slaves captured
: in the Martin's Station raid in June 1780 it was stated that
: Kijah "Keggy" had been taken by Capt. Matthew Elliot,
: an officer and agent in the British Indian Department.

: Futher research required for Vital Records on Kijah
: "Keggy". For continuity we have assumed the surname of
: La Force for all of the slaves captured in this raid. .


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