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Re: SPEARS surname
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thank you so much for your assistance.
I am so new at this -- can you tell me from your experience with African American geneology work -- is it possible that Jesse and Feriby were indeed white, but for some reason were buried in a black cemetery?
Is it also possible that one of their parents WAS partially Af. American and was able to 'pass'? If Jesse's father was a slave as some records say, the way that would happen would be obvious I would think. (I hope I don't offend anyone w/ these questions).
Of course, as you know, history of those times is so suspect at this late date, and it is difficult to discern fact from fiction. Other than going to the cemetery, how else can I verify that they really are buried there? Do you think I could find a person from a geneology forum who lives very near who might go there and check?
Interestingly, the information that Jesse's father may have been a slave was found in two different and unconnected places. Do you know what the odds of that are in geneology searches -- I mean, is it common to have mistakes like that (if he really was white), perpetuated in unconnected records?
A Census in Texas does describe ome of their descendants as "mulatto" (1920 Census I believe), which was the reason I was led toward this possibility. But I can no longer find that information in my files! I am four computers down the line from the time I did that research.
The last name of that single woman with children was KITE.
I will check out the free census records and will post if I find anything to support my records.