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Re: Whites discovering African ancestry

In the early to mid 1800's, there were many mixed married couples who lived in Tennessee. These couples and their families could have been any of the following combinations; black/white, Mulattoe/white, black/Indian, white/indian or various combinations of all the fore mentioned. These were the people were the skilled labor force and merchants who built the cities and major towns in Tennessee and in many cases in Nashville, Knoxville and Memphis they could be called the middles classes.

During the late 1840', a Tennessee law past that forbid these families to live in the state and they were forced to move out of Tennessee And it just so happen that at this time the State of Mississippi had recently past law that set aside some counties in the state where freedmen could do business. Many of these families and other free black and Indian couples (those who did not want to go to the reservations) settled in some of these counties in Mississippi. The Marshall county group was such group. Many had a preference to deal with the Germans or the French and the tended to move close various German towns or areas were the were still sizable French populations.

In addition others moved to counties in the Natchez District and the Mississippi Piney Woods, the Florida Parishes of Louisiana and the Baltimore area. Some immigrated to Armagh Ireland and reenter the US and Canada, as natives of Ireland; and perhaps New Zealand as pensioners in the Nelson Province.

I am an Austin, Harris, Gillespie, Marshall, Strickland, Powell, Wallace and Jenkins, Many of those listed are connected to my family and after the Civil War may of these people did not disappear into the white population unless they had married that way before emancipation but integrated into the black population.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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