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Re: Barge Family Info.
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I am a Barge descendant. If your family is from Alabama, you need to get in touch with Mrs. Peacolia Barge. She's done quite a bit of research on the Alabama Barges. She's married to Foy Barge and lives in Bessemer (205) 426-6396.
Below is a link to an oral interview about her family history.
The white Barges settled in Pennsylvania when they came to America. Lewis Barge, the progenitor of most southern Barges, moved to Fayetteville, NC from Philadelphia in the mid-1700's. He married twice and had children by both wives. He owned lots f land and slaves. His descendants moved to Georgia, Alabama during the 1800's and pushed further south to Texas and Florida in the 1900's. There are other Barges in Pennsylvania and Ohio, but no one to date has been able to link these families.
Below is a link to the white Barge lineage. This is fairly accurate, but misses key names in some places. This link doesn't include info on African American Barges.
My line descends from those who remained in Fayetteville. My line didn't leave Fayetteville until the 20th century. The only ones remaining in Fayetteville today are descendants of females and thus do not carry the Barge surname.
I don't know if any of the property once owned by the Barges is still in their descdants' hands. However, there is a Barge Lane still in Fayetteville. It remains unpaved today, just as it was in the 18th century when Lews Barge owned it, despite the fact that several homes line the lane. Lewis and his white relatives were buried at the Cross Creek cemetery No 1. His grave is parallel with an African American church across the street.
To my knowledge, no one has doen much research to link the African American Barges in various states. I know many of my ancestors, but cannot link the slaves willed by Lewis Barge to his children, to any of them.
Please share a bit more about your Barge line and I'll see if I can help you. Again I would suggest that you contact Peacolia Barge. She's been tracing the Alabama Barge history for many years.
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