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I was so excited when I found Adelaide until I just stopped in my tracts. I started back, and a few lines down was LUCINDA, my grgrandma. Lucinda was 11 years old and the oldest at the time of the 1863 sale. PL Calhoun sold her to Mrs Mary Calhoun. I've been trying to find something about the Calhouns and Jones of that era. So far nothing. I started off with 4 pages about my grandma Adell Vance Adams. No one could tell me about her past. No one knew too much. Now I am RICH$$ with information to share. Can you believe it? But it took 10 years to get this far, so I won't give up now. A. Jones bought the other complete family group, Lucy's mother and siblings.
My family always told the story that Lucy/Lucinda had a son by her x-slaveholder. The age, I found this son reported, was too young, I thought, to have been fathered by a 'white' man. But after looking at this I see how a 11 year old, as the servant of a female slaveholder, may have been taking advantage of by a friend or family member of that person. His name was Ed Vance, Lucy's son. Haven't figured out where the VANCE surname came from---yet. Lucy had 2 children that just showed up in 1900 Monroe Ms with her 2 other girls, Annie and Adell. I hope to find out why she moved there. Genie is the other mystery child that I have no information, for the past about. From the picture I have, it does not look like she was a product of a 'white father'.
One other thing, the stories in these newsletters, come from people like you and me. Write your story, send it to the society to be entered into their newsletter and make it interesting, ex. like you are talking face to face to a friend. Leave some of the techincal stuff out. It get's boring. If they don't enter it, money talks. Don't rejoin.

If the county and state, you are searching does not have a Historical Society, JOIN a neighboring society or a STATE ARCHIVE Historical Society. Make sure you join one that has news letters mailed to their members. Social gatherings get you no where. Go to an out of state Genealogy conference or work shop. Even if you have to do this alone--DO IT. It's worth the information you will find. 10 years and I finally found my GrGrGrandma Adelaide who's family came from Sierre Leone, West Africa.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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