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Re: What is your most interesting discovery?

Susan, you are right.

Although I knew that my ancestors were slaves, when I found their names, ages, CHATTEL NUMBERS, AND VALUES when they were sold from their plantation, I almost fell over.

My ancestors were sold from a plantation on Butler's Island, Georgia.
It was the largest slave auction in the U.S. and is known as "The Weeping Time". They ended up in Louisiana where my grandmother was eventually born.

I was able to track my family (back to the 1760s) through the slaveowner's personal records (Major Pierce Butler was a senator from South Carolina). I was also able to track other families that were sold from the plantation during that time.

Finding my folks on a slave auction list was my most interesting discovery.

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