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Re: Black, White and Mulatto Marriages

My experience has been quite different. I was unable to find anything of my maternal gg/mother for years. Part of the problem was that her grandchildren were not able to give a consistant surname for her or their grandmother. It may have been problems with dialect, but I got 4 various spellings from death certificates. I finally found my gg/m and 5 children by searching for the husband she had in 1880. 2 children used his name. She was using an name unknown to us, and was classified mulatto in 1870. Searching the lists of free blacks and mulattoes for that county, I found that she opted to use the surname of a white woman who gave birth to several mixed children. I found no mention of her,(Sally) free or otherwise, but several of the person (Fanny Chapman) who was said to be her mother, altho no registration for either Sally, (my ggg/m) or her mother,Fanny. Sally also named one of her children for that white woman's son. It was a very mixed up time for our ancestors. They DID survive. Kay

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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