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The will of Alfred Alston (Warren Co., NC)
Warren Co. WB 41, p. 127
Copy received from North Carolina State Archives

All the (money ?) and Negroes and their increase that I have put in
possession of my daughter Lucy Davis I __ and intend for her and
in addition to what she has received I give her Negro (Maria ?)
Doctor, Negro [illegible] Adaline and her three children Susan,
N_ha _, and Eliza

I give to my son Alfred Alston Negro boy George the son of Sally

I give to my daughter Martha (I ? J?) Alston Negro boy Anthony and
girl Frances, children of Sally.

I give to my wife during her widowhood all of my Negroes not
before given away to my children in a previous clause of this my
will, but in the event of her marrying it is my wish that she should
have only one-fifth part of them and the remaining four fifths it is
my wish should be equally divided between my children if however
my wife should not marry it is my wish and desire that she should
have all of the Negroes alluded to in this clause of my will to give
to our children as she may think fit.

...set my hand and seal this 25th day of June in the year
of our Lord 1846.


Also looking for what I believe is the Willis Alston (Former Governor of (Halifax) NC), owned the Buttercream Plantation. This line of people of color would be known as the Willis Alston Francis line. This line of people of color hailed from Halifax and some mebers were part of the renegade clan that to revenge on the evil white people and were then forced to flea to Rutherfordton, NC (of all places!) around 1825. These Francis' are listed as Mulattos on the census, and.....I could be wrong but I notice similarities between the Alstons and the "Francis' " ,as it were. Can you e-mail me the
name of the Alston fellow and the title of his book and where I can get a copy of the documentary he aired on PBS last year?
By 1868 quite a few relocated to Franklin Co, OH, more
following around 1871. I have quite a bit of
information on the emancipated slaves of Oroon &
Miriam Alston, however, a newspaper notice, recently
discovered , dated 1927, announced the ALSTON, COBLE,
AND FOUSE family reunion. Would love to know how they
are connected.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

I Am Desparately Looking For African-American "Alstons" Or Relatives Of "Alstons" And "Popes" From The Weldon, Roanoke Rapids, Halifax County, N.C. Areas.

Grandfather's Name Was William Alston, He Was Married To Emma Pope And They Had 4 Children: Queen Angeline, William, Jr., Julia Lee, And My Mom Emma Jane. When He Moved To Baltimore, Md. He Changed His Last Name To "Thomas" After Leaving His 2Nd Wife & His 4 Children.
He Also Became A Minister. He Had A Sister Named "Chaney", A Brother
Names "Major". If There Is Anyone Out There That Has Any Information I Would Be Very Grateful.
Previously, I wrote:
Alstons -- When I began, I was curious as to how my family
ended up in Omaha, Nebr., a very unlikely place. As I read
about the Alstons and Allstons of North and South Carolina
(and the PBS documentary that followed), my objective was to
trace the journey of my Alston family back to North or South Carolina. After locating my ggreatfather's birth state and approx.
birthdate, I'm now assuming that he and his wife were most
probably slaves. I am now looking for William Henry's
birthplace, date, family members, and link to an Alston
slaveowner. Since my grandfather had 11 siblings, I would
like to identify Alston family-members.

try mackie alston in new york - white film maker who learned he had black ancestors in nc. made a film called 'family name' - also, try to get info on ny artist charles alston through cinque gallery in new york and brooklyn museum. good luck
I am in search of my family genealogy. My grandfathers were Saul Alston and James Norman Alston. My grandmothers were Mary Yancey (Saul's wife) and Sallie Mae (James' wife). Can you help?

A Film by Macky ALSTON: "Family Name", shown on PBS
"As a child growing up in Durham, North Carolina, Macky Alston never
questioned why all the other Alstons in his elementary school were Black. Now, after twenty-five years, he has gone back to unravel the mystery."
Public Broadcasting Service Point of View (POV) series


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