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Re: RACE & GENDER ETC -- Plecker
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Thanks for the post. The last section: Battles in Red, White and Black, made me recall earlier writings on Plecker and his madness. Although it's claimed he changed a number of records, he seems to have failed to erase evidence in Norfolk County records. I'm not transcribing them, but I did look at several years worth and discovered numerous entries of registrants being "of indian extraction."

Indeed some of the references led me to a court case where an entire family, the Cooks, won their freedom because they were able to prove descent from an indian woman.

Members of this family moved into Norfolk City in the late 1830's. I found copies of two registers, for Polly and Eliza Cook, that were submitted to the city court for registration. Luckily, the papers included the most recent county registration numbers/dates. Then when I consulted the county registers I found references to the court case that proved their freedom.

However what is interesting was that Norfolk City officials did not seem to know the grounds under which their freedom was proved. They failed to include any notes on indian ancestry.

To date I think I've only found one instance where a city official included a note that a FPOC was of indian descent. Perhaps the city officials adopted the Jeffersonian attitude at an early date...

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Re: RACE & GENDER ETC -- Plecker

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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