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Re: How the ex-slaves adopt last names?

From: David D. Gullins' Slave Narrative

An Account of Selecting a Surname

When asked why his name was Gullins when his owners name was Mappin:

" When I was a very small boy back before the war, a circus came to town. I remember the clown, whose name was Gullins. My father, John Mappin, was so much like the clown in his ways and sayings, that afterwards everyone stared calling him Gullins. This soon became a sort of nickname. Some years after when slaves were freed, they were all registered, most of them taking the family name of their owners. When time came for my father to register, the Registrar says, "John, what name are you going to register under, Mappin or Gullins? Everyone calls you Gullins, and they will always call you Gullins. My father after thinking for a moment said, " just put down Gullins."

David Gullins was from Georgia and the husband of my great grandaunt, Emma J. Hall from Maryland.

Janice D. Laster

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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