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Re: [IL] 1847 Matson Slave Trial

went down the street to a building that house a museum exhibit about the area. I learned that there were 33 persons of color living in the area as free persons. Among them was Lucy Dupee. She was born in Virginia in 1790. She is believed to be a sister of Lewis James who was a slave in 1830 of Benjamin Lewis. Lucy married Edward Dupee. Lucy, Lewis James and his wife Nancy moved to Coles County, Illinois. Lucy’s daughter Malissa and her children moved with them. Malissa married William Armstead. All of them lived in an area called Brushy Fork. Lucy is believed to be buried in the Negro Cemetery in Douglas County, Illinois. It is believed that Anthony Bryant was the spiritual leader for Brushy Fork as he was known as a preacher.


The above apragraph and the surname Armstead caught my attention. There is an Armstead family from Illinois that had a daughter, Ellen Lee Armstead, that married into my wife's Dalton family lines in Athens Co., Ohio.

Ellen Lee Armstead born in Decatur Twp., Macon Co., Ill on 7 Jan 1867. Her parents (FPOC) were a Lafayette Armstead and Johana Hoggennan. Ellen married Bethel Dalton in Jan of 1889 in Washington Co., OH. She died in Athens Co., OH on 2 Jun 1932.

A map of Illinois counties shows that Macon Co., isn't too far from Coles Co. so there is the possibilty of family connection.

Thanks for sharing the story of the trial and the histroy of FPOC in that area of Illinois. It sounded as if you had a great weekend of discovery and making acquaintences. Please keep us informed of your research and additional findings. Good stuff is good stuff, wherever it is found. :)


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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