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[SC] Martin"s of Fairfield SC

Her journey to Charleston began in a slave ship. Her family legacy is a story in triumph.

Somehow, Trasie survived.
Stolen from her family and carried across the ocean, the young West African woman arrived in Charleston sometime in the 1790s in the dark bowels of a slave ship.

Shackled in chains and forced onto a strange vessel, no one knows the trauma she witnessed on her journey through the Middle Passage.It is almost certain no one ever asked.

Her existence lingers in black ink on a bill of sale dated July 1, 1799, a lasting receipt of the day she was given an Americanized name and sold into bondage for $300.
Almost five months later, she would be sold to John Martin, a white planter from Fairfield County.

For her descendants, the bill of sale is a painful piece of proof.
It affirms Trasie as the first line in their origin story, the mother in Mother’s Day, the woman who is the founding matriarch of the Martin family of Jenkinsville, north of Columbia.

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charleston post & courier


an interesting one.. I think i'm related to
Traices (1782?) ( from Central Africa) & Katie from Jenkinsville, Fairfield, South Carolina, USA- the name is spelled differently though.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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