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Re: Nelson County VA plantations
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So let's get back to our story.. shall we?
The only other "Essex" line that I was able to find was that of Thomas Essex.
These African American surnames and family line are Vaughn/Vaughan, Steptoe, Madison, Tailiaferro/Tolliver, Morse, Bowling, Essex, Napier, and a few more lines.
I'm still in the process to getting this all in order. The difficulty arrises from the fact that balck people were'nt counted, nor recieved a last name until after the Civil War, and emancipation in 1865. So most of us doesn't show up in the early census and marriage records at all, prior to this time.
In short... as African Americans... our leneage ends and begins at our last family's owners. And the descendants of these slave owning families still holds all of the cards, in their family wills, estates records, letters, and diaries, which we as African American slave descendants has no access to.
It's going to take ALL descendants of African American slaves to get interested in tracing their family lines for us as a people to trully heal ourselves. -- For the most part.. we don't care enough, nor are able to see the inherant value in obtaining this knowlege.
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