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Slaveowners-Tazwell, Taswell, Tazewell

I'm stuck--again. The surname Tazwell, Taswell, Tazewell, is certaininly unique among African Americans. I have identified my ggggrandmother Betsy Tazwell, gggrandmother Diana, and ggrandmother Irena and family in the 1870 Marion County, TX census. Betsey was born around 1811 in Virginia.

Most of the white Tazewells came from England to Virginia between 1600 - 1700 --others later settled mostly in Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania.

Betsy had three children, Diana, Harrison, Ann - all listed as Black all born in MS. Diana had (I think) four children -- all born in Texas. Some in the extended family are listed as mulatto, some are listed as black.

I checked with the Tazewell family historian -- the records indicate that in 1870 one family of Tazewells lived in Texas, and were from Penn.--and resided in another part of Texas.

In researching Mississippi, there were no white Tazewells. I can only assume my family ended up in Texas around 1857 (through bithplace notations on the census.)

Where do I look next to even get a clue about slaveowners? Or purhaps I jumping to conclusions too fast? Any suggestions, help would be greatly appreciated.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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