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Re: Slave Research - what's next step?
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I may be offer you some helpful information!
I am a Charlotte, NC native and was raised about a half-mile from Sharon Presbyterian Church (about seven miles south of Charlotte's center city). Although my home now is elsewhere in Charlotte, I am still a member of Sharon Church. And so, in a volunteer capacity, I have written a history of Sharon Church and the Sharon community that will be included in a "heritage" cookbook that is expected to come back from the printer last this month.
Sharon was founded in 1830 by several members of Mecklenburg County's "planter" class and several of those individuals were among the county's largest slaveholders. A William Walker was one of the founding elders! Let me say right away, though, due to the limited time and book space (etc.) with which I had to work, William Walker was the one founding elder who I have not had the opportunity to reasearch. I plan to continue my research independently, however, and there is quite a lot of research and interpretation that I have gathered to date that is not included in my book essay.
Sharon Church's session books (the only form of record keeping that rural Presbyterian congregations maintained - our earliest surviving dates from 1839-1840) do include some very important, though very basic, information on the small number of Sharon's "slave communicants" (1840s-1865) and of "coloured communicants" for period 1865-1866. The message space ends here but I will send a second email.
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