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Re: Patton family
In Response To: Re: Patton family ()


According to a tree on, Sidney DePriest is the son of Randolph DePriest (a white man) and Anna/Amy Mims. Maybe he was the slave of his father who gave him some land after emancipation.

Sidney was born in Tennessee, so were his parents, and he is listed as a mulatto.

If you "google" Sidney DePriest, a brief write-up tells how Sidney and his wife (and most of their 15 children) fled Alabama to Salina, Kansas, where the DePriest family can be found on several censuses. (See write-up below. There is also a drawing of Sidney and Fannie on the site)

Fannie & Sidney DePriest

FANNIE & SIDNEY DEPRIEST, both freed slaves, fled Alabama in the 1870s in order to avoid trouble with the Ku Klux Klan. Under cover of darkness, the couple and most of their fifteen children, several of whom had children of their own, headed for Kansas, “the land of milk and Honey.” Sidney DePriest was part French and his wife Narcissa “Fannie” was the bi-racial daughter of and Alabama governor. The large DePriest family came to Salina in 1879, well educated and ambitious. Several of the sons ran a painting and wallpapering business, while many of the daughters became teachers. Daughter Narcissa and her friend Lulu Hine were the first black students to graduate from Salina High in 1883. Grandson Oscar DePriest, educated in Salina schools, distinguished himself as the first black councilman in Chicago in 1915, and later as an Illinois representative, he became the first black congressman from a northern state. When Fannie Depriest died at the age of 108, she had outlived all but three of her children.

Sidney's son, Randall DePriest (born 1844), has an application with the Freedman's Bureau. Randall was born in Florence, Lauderdale, Alabama. His application lists his parents and 11 of his siblings (including Neander) and tells where they all lived in 1867. Randall states that his sister, Narcissa, is married to Thomas Thompson.

Sidney's (1814-1887) cemetery monument (at Gypsum Hill in Salina) lists two of his daughters, Carrie and Narcissa Thompson (according to the family tree on

Neander DePriest has a death record in Chicago, Illinois. One of his grandsons, Oscar Stanton DePriest, served as a US Representative for the state of Illinois (you can "google" him).

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