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Caution- FPOC- and the Federal Census

Caution- FPOC- and the Federal Census

Black Slaveowners
Free Black Slave Masters in South Carolina, 1790-1860
by Larry Koger; 1985
ISBN 0-89950-160-5

This book gets deeper & deeper:

"...Occasionally the estate was owned by a free black absentee slaveowner. For example, Daniel EADY, a colored farmer of ST. John's Berkeley, was reported as the head of a household that included only white females and slaves in 1810. Once again the census returns could be interpreted to suggest that Daniel EADY was white. But in his last will and testament, he declared that he was "a free coloured man of ST. John's Berkeley...".

Clearly, the census returns which report a sole white male or his family residing on a plantation with slaves do not always prove that the owner was white. By and large, the federal census returns from 1790 to 1840 outside of Charleston City must be cross-checked with state and local documents to ensure an accurate inference...." [references]

Let's be cautious in our research; allow ourselves to think 'outside the Box'; and not jump to conclusions about our Ancestors.

"Guided by the Ancestors"

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Caution- FPOC- and the Federal Census
Throw all assumptions out of the window
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