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erinm
08-22-2008, 01:03 AM
Has anyone done any research into ancestors who were free before the Civil War?

I thought it might be a good idea to share any resources or websites we find. I’m really new at all of this, but while researching the last name Gowens I found this website:http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/

It includes information about free black families in Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina during the colonial period up until around 1820.

Soulsearch72
08-27-2008, 03:59 PM
Awesome. I'm gong to go check it out!!! Thanks!!!

BlackAngelPlayah
01-30-2009, 07:03 PM
Stuff like this is kinda hard to read... Seeing how they just passed us out like cattle.. Infact, on Negro was passed out in a will... Along with a feather bed... How lovely... It just kinda makes ya mad...

:afro: Jen :afro:

sankofa_akinyi
03-28-2009, 02:11 PM
Stuff like this is kinda hard to read... Seeing how they just passed us out like cattle.. Infact, on Negro was passed out in a will... Along with a feather bed... How lovely... It just kinda makes ya mad...

:afro: Jen :afro:
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I feel your pain. The first time I looked at a slave register, I got so pissed off. I just left that branch alone for about 2 weeks.

sankofa_akinyi
03-28-2009, 02:35 PM
Has anyone done any research into ancestors who were free before the Civil War?

I thought it might be a good idea to share any resources or websites we find. I’m really new at all of this, but while researching the last name Gowens I found this website:http://www.freeafricanamericans.com/

It includes information about free black families in Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina during the colonial period up until around 1820.
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Thank you so much for this link! My family is from NC and VA so this will prove to be helpful. I've been keeping a blog about my genealogy search. Check it out whenever you get a chance.
http://nmsjones.wordpress.com/

Peace and blessings

SweetHoneyLocs
08-25-2009, 11:51 AM
I am a descendant of the Bings.

MariposaMorena08
08-26-2009, 12:43 AM
Hey, Goings/Gowens cousin! I have a Chavers/Chavis ancestor and our people tended to migrate together. I was told that the Gowens and Chavis people are supposed to be from the same Indian tribe - Tuscarora. I have heard this from a NC historian and read it online. Have you heard the same?