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Re: Percentage of Slaves w/ Masters' Surnames

I have studied a lot of names of Black people in Rowan and Cabarrus County, N.C. area as well as those of Whites and I have observed how close their surnames are. There are those in both races: such as House, Heilig, Barnhardt, Blackwelder, Bost, Pfeiffer or Phifer, Morgan, and even some of the Shad/Shadd folks. Whether these Blacks were slaves or free, they still seem to latch onto the same last names as those of whites. Many of them also attended some of the churches as whites, though they may have had to sit in back or in the balcony. Especially in Rowan County, it seems as though in many ways a lot of these folks might not be blood related, but somehow allied. Joseph

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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