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Percentage of Slaves w/ Masters' Surnames
I realize the thread regarding the frequency, or lack thereof, in which freedpeople adopted their owners' surnames has surfaced here over the years. In reading Mary Frances Berry's "My Face is Black is True", on the movement for slave pensions led by Callie House, there is a two-page overleaf photocopy of ex-slaves' petition to the U.S. Congress re-pension. In the left-hand column are the freedperson's whole names, in other columns are information such as hometowens and "master's name". Though this may not be a large enough sampling to be representative, there are a few states involved in this excerpt, and from what I can see, easily less than half had the surnames of their owners.
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