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Re: Social Systems & Slavery

Thank you Art, it is always a pleasure to learn from someone I consider an expert. I am no expert on the Northwest Territories either, but I have done research on two early African American settlements in Indiana. As an example of what I was talking about, I will discuss one: "Lyles Station" which was settled in about 1837 and is located in Gibson County (southwest) Indiana. Most of the African Americans who first settled the area, were free born blacks. Later, there were blacks who were "freed" that also settled there. One such family were the children of Levi Greer, who arrived with their father (a white man) from Alabama just prior to 1850, and after arriving in Indiana, Levi freed his family. These children were the freed slaves and children of their white father and their black mother. One such child, Samuel Greer, married the daughter of my free born great great grandfather. My own great grandfather, who was born a slave in Tennessee and freed after the Civil War, later married yet another daughter of my great great grandfather. Had there been some strict heirarchal system in the earliest of the black settlements in Indiana, I doubt the marriages would have been allowed to occur.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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