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Re: Joseph Wrinkle-escaped slave
In Response To: Joseph Wrinkle-escaped slave ()

: Hello...I am researching my paternal 'Wrinkle' line. According to
: family history & a story written about my GG Grandfather,
: Joseph H. Wrinkle, he escaped from the Kentucky area while out
: on an errand, crossed the Mississippi & made his way to
: southern Ontario, Canada in the late 1840's. There he married a
: Scottish woman (Mary McPhail) & sired 12 children. There is
: a possibility of a Louisianna connection as well. Is anyone
: familiar with the Wrinkle surname in connection to slavery or of
: African American descent?

Hi Leah,

Welcome to Afrigeneas.

Have you identified your ggrandfather in the Canadian census records?

I only see 3 close spelling variations in 1870 census index of AA's African-Americans|in the 1870 U.S. Federal Census
Surname,Given Name,Age,Gender,Race,Birthplace,State,County,Locality,Series,Roll,Part,Page
WRINKEL,RUFUS,33,M,M,TN,TN,HAMILTON,GEORGETOWN P O,M593,1532,1,588
WRINKLES,LUCY,40,F,B,LA,LA,NATCHITOCHES,NATCHITOCHES P O,M593,518,1,520
WRINKLEY,AUGUSTINE,74,M,B,VA,M

It could also have been spelled RINKLE:

African-Americans|in the 1870 U.S. Federal Census
Surname,Given Name,Age,Gender,Race,Birthplace,State,County,Locality,Series,Roll,Part,Page
RINKLE,EVE,43,F,B,TN,TX,HUNT,lone oak p o,M593,1593,1,432
RINKLE,JOSEPH,30,M,B,LA,LA,ORLEANS,7-WD NEW ORLEANS,M593,522,1,508
RINKLE,SAMUEL,35,M,M,KY,MS,MARSHALL,HOLLY SPRINGS P O,M593,740,1,560
RINKLE,SARAH,20,F,M,TN,TX,HUNT,lone oak p o,M593,1593,1,432

Under this spelling there is a connection to KY.

You might want to see what listings there are in KY for white families with this surname - I only see Van Wrinkle in Madison county in 1850 but didn't check variations.

Also you should do a google search for escaped slave notices in KY.

I'm sure you'll get lots of other suggestions from other Afrigeneas volunteers.

Denise


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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