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Re: How the ex-slaves adopt last names?

Art, I have read some of the book you mentioned. Yet, there are a lot of takes on the naming of people, or how a lot of the slaves got their names. Certainly in some cases where the master or the slaveholder was really down right mean and nasty some of the slaves would not use their owner's names. Yet, I know in some cases, like in Rowan County, N.C. there are the Heilig family. Certain slaveowners were Heilig females who had a owned a lot of the slaves, and after slavery was over many of those same Blacks kept the Heilig name. By the way in Rowan County, in the city of Salisbury, there is a community known even today as Heiligtown. Back in the 1950s the community by then was going downhill, yet a lot of folks in that community kept the Heilig name.
Remember Roots? Check those names out. Chicken George was Tom Lea's son, and so George latched onto the name. His wife Matilda and the rest of the family took on the Murray name.
One more thing, when the slaves were free they had to show up some places like hospitals and such, and so they took on a last name. Joseph


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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