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Re: Generations from Slavery ?
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Hi BJ,

Interesting question with fascinating responses! Thanks for asking.

One set of my maternal great-grandparents, Francis M. and Nellie (SMITH) COVINGTON were born slaves, so for those two lines I am three generations removed from slavery. Another maternal set of ancestors, Moses and Margaret (?) PANGBURN, great-great-grandparents were free by at least 1830, so in those two lines I am at least four generations removed from slavery. According to his 1888 obituary, Elias PRAWL/PRAUL (and many other variations), my maternal gr-gr-great-grandfather, born around 1788-1792, was freed in 1828, making me five generations removed from slavery in this line.

One of my paternal great-grandparents, Horace H. JENKINS, was also a slave (three generations, again), but I don't know about the slave history of his wife's family though I can trace them (BANKS/BYRD) back to a gr-gr-great-grandmother born around 1800. My paternal grandmother Cassandra (STOTHART) JENKINS was born in 1880 in Jamaica where slavery was abolished in 1834, so it seems unlikely, though not impossible, that her parents were slaves, so for that line I am at least three generations removed from slavery.

For the rest of my ancestors I'm sad to say that I just don't know...yet. :)

Regards,
Sandra

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