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Re: Nelson County VA plantations

Barbara Joyner
Date: 3/12/2012, 1:34 pm
In Response To:
Re: Nelson County VA plantations (Derek Nicholas) Please see email 3/12/12.
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Hey Barb,

Got your message. So here's the deal. I use ancestry.com to layout the basic outline, leneage, family connections, and format of our ancestors.

The problem, now, is that ancestry.com, doesn't allow one, to add an additional parent, ie: a slave owner.

You see, using ancestry.com the only choices available are:

1. biological
2. adopted
3. step
4. foster
5. related
6. guardian
7. private
8. other

Recently, ancestry.com change this "other" drop-down tag, to unknown. In other words, in genealogy, there is no choice for "Slave Owner". So, I chose the term "guardian", because that's what the slave owners in Nelson County, viewed themselves, in relationship to their slave/servant children, residing on their plantations. At least, that's what "they" wrote in their diaries.

Genealogy, DOES NOT APPLY to African American, whose ancestors were slaves, because EACH family line, ENDS at their particular owner. Therfore, our 2nd great aunts, and uncles, appears in a different family line under their own particular owner, and appears "un-attached" to their true kinfolk.

But, to answer your question, I've found Frances "Franky" Vaughn/Vaughan and her children. As you may, or may not know, Franky appears on William Massie's slave list, and his estate will, at the "Pharsalia" plantation in Massies Mill.

I located her children and her children in the 1860 census. Shaffer Vaughn, shows up in 1860, as well. I can't locate him again, until 1900, married to Sallie Chew Smith.

William Massie, said in his will, that slave "Shaw" also known as "Sandy", fathered Franky's children.

Oh, I did find Franky's son Columbus Vaughn. He moved to Tallapoosa, Alabama in 1875, with his wife Laura, and their children.

I'll keep hacking away, until I find the total truth, or at least, as much of the truth that's available.


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