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Re: What is your most interesting discovery?
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Well I have only really been researching for about 8 months now but for me it was the recent finding of my ancestors Dennis Evans Sr. Ancestry. My aunt passed his name onto me from the family Bible this April. I assumed Dennis Sr. was a slave but to my surprise he showed up in the 1850 census as a free molatto man who owned land and lived with his wife. I wondered how he became free, when he purchased the land and why he was mulatto. After months of researching I took the 4 hour drive to the county courthouse and discovered his name amongst several other slaves who had been freed in a court case where the slaves of a plantation were suing for their freedom based on descending from an illegally enslaved American Indian woman. The woman had been captured and brought into their region of Virgnia around 1705. The depositions give an account of how some of them were related and what they looked like.
I always assumed that Dennises ancestors may have been indentured servants or he descended from a white slave master. For some reason I did not expect American Indian heritage to show up in my family tree. This was a surprise to me.
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