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Re: Looking for NORRIS Family - AL > Chicago, IL
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Found something interesting on the web regarding confederate migration to Brazil after the Civil War. This passage concerns a certain former colonel prominent in AL before the Civil War:
"One of the most prominent of these Confederate immigrants was Colonel William Hutchinson NORRIS. A native of Georgia, Colonel NORRIS was a veteran of the Mexican war, a lawyer and a U.S. Senator from Alabama before the Civil War began. Colonel NORRIS was in his sixties during the Civil War, but had four sons which served in the Alabama Infantry. Through his contacts in Brazil and in response to the urgings of Emperor Dom Pedro II, Colonel NORRIS organized the immigration of a large group of families from Alabama at the end of the war. The Emperor himself greeted Colonel NORRIS and his group on their arrival to Brazilian soil. Colonel NORRIS is considered the founder of the town of Americana, which today is a largely industrial (textiles) city of over 160,000 residents, mostly of Italian descent. In fact, it was under pressure from the majority Italian descendent population that the St. Andrew's cross of the Confederate battle flag was removed in 1999 from the crest of the city founded by Confederate immigrants."
Full article: http://mi.essortment.com/postcivilwarr_rrid.htm .
Explains where some former slaveowners and/or confederates scampered to after the war.
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