Dunagan, Ezekiel Jackson, Asbery Dunagan (Buffington)-Marshall County/MS

I found this photo on the Dunagan Blog http://dunaganfamilyhistory.blogspot.com/2012_01_01_archive.html

With this capture:

"The photo above was given to Hannah Barber-Abraham by her Grandmother, Mary E. Dunagan-Barber. Hannah states that she was told that this is Ezekiel Dunagan, the man sitting in the chair, and that the two young men on either side of Ezekiel are his sons by one of his slaves. Even though I did find in the 1820 Federal census that Ezekiel Dunagan (1771-1836) of Hall County, Georgia, owned four slaves, one black adult male, one black adult female and two black females under the age of fourteen. This photo is said to be of Ezekiel Jackson Dunagan Jr as you can see from the census of 1870 that there were two black men, Louis and Asbery, listed as living in the household of Ezekiel Jackson Dunagan and Nancy Evans Dunagan and they had apparently taken the Dunagan last name. There is no way to know for sure whether these two young men are descendants of the first Ezekiel Dunagan unless we were able to locate one of their descendants and test the DNA. However, it was not uncommon for former slaves to take the last name of the slave owner".

The Asbery Dunagan listed is my great grandfather Asbery Buffington. He was born a slave in the Buffington family in Hall County, GA and was transported to Marshall County, MS via wagon carvan with the family along with Cinn Buffington. Ezekiel Jackson Dunagan married Nancy Evans, daughter of Shopia Buffington and A.M. Evans. He was working on the Dunagan farm at the time, and as often was the practice, the census taker recorded black workers under the same surname as the head of house. I am a direct descendant of Asbery Dunagan/Buffington my DNA profile is on Ancestry.


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