December 2013

SLAVE ANCESTRY RESEARCH: Division of THOMAS WINGFIELD Slaves ~ 10 January 1828 Ordinary Court

By |December 15th, 2013

Thomas WINGFIELD - Estate Sale 1828

I’m not quite sure what ‘prompted’ the following December 19, 1827 Inventory and January 10, 1828 division of Thomas (d. 1797) and Elizabeth (d.1802) WINGFIELD slaves in the Ordinary Court of WILKES County, GA. Possibly the passing of a WINGFIELD heir who held their possessions?

I’ll work on having the December 27, 1797 will of Thomas WINGFIELD transcribed. I’m finding the actions of his descendants in respect to the handling of slaves all generate from the directives stated in the will.

I’ve always been told the WINGFIELDS didn’t sell their slaves; they were moved around the family. This *appears* to be true. Across a lot of records I’ve only seen two (2) slaves names mentioned as being sold. But there were many WINGFIELD deaths and more probate records to follow. Who knows what I’ll find?

At some point, I’ll need to return to the dreaded Plantation Ledger of Samuel WINGFIELD (d. 1820) to map all of the new information to his records. As Overseer and inheritor, I can’t avoid going through the 300+ pages of account book. Ugh!:(

The Ancestors have something they want me to find. After 15+ years, I know the signs. I located this WINGFIELD inventory while searching for the estate of John WINGFIELD (d. 1798 eldest son of Thomas and Elizabeth; father of James Nelson WINGFIELD — the owner of my 4th Grandfather James). This morning, […]

SLAVE ANCESTRY RESEARCH Will of Thomas WINGFIELD ~ 27 December 1797

By |December 14th, 2013

Thomas WINGFIELD Will - Page I
Thomas WINGFIELD Will - Pags II & III

It dawned on me if Family Search had digitized Wilkes County Inventories, Appraisements and Sales, there was a good chance I’d find the will of Thomas WINGFIELD too! BINGO! Executed December 27, 1797 the will of Thomas WINGFIELD Sr. in WILKES County, GA.

Surprised to find more WINGFIELD slaves being willed to Thomas’ heirs and wife, Elizabeth. Makes sense though, this is why the first estate inventory I located only had household goods for sale. The second division of slaves, identified the slaves originally willed to Thomas’ wife in 1797 and due to her death in 1802, are being allotted to their children — per the directive in his will.

Thanks to Family Search, looks like my days of chasing probate court records down might be behind me! Well done FS! — Luckie

Heirs and 29 Slaves named in 1797 will of Thomas WINGFIELD:


  • Daniel
  • Indey


  • Milley with all her increase
    • Lily
    • Tempey
    • Rodey *


  • Thornton
  • Jenny


  • James
  • Edmund
  • Abram
  • Ealey
  • Nancy


  • Emmanuel
  • Davey
  • Martha


  • Phillis
    • Kizzy
  • Solomon
  • Johan *

Elizabeth WINGFIELD – Wife

  • ?
  • Charles
  • Joe
  • Nat
  • Patience
  • Venus
  • Suck
  • Silvey *
  • Mary

* indicates possible transcription and/or misspelling

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SLAVE ANCESTRY RESEARCH: 1803 Division of Thomas WINGFIELD Slaves a Historical GAMECHANGER!

By |December 14th, 2013

Thomas WINGFIELD - Division of Ancestors

In 1783 Thomas WINGFIELD (b. 1745 – d. 1797) of HANOVER County, VA migrated to WILKES County, GA to claim land awarded for his Revolutionary War service. Migrating with WINGFIELD were my first 23 Wilkes County Ancestors.

Upon WINGFIELD’s death in 1797 my Ancestors were willed to his heirs and wife, Elizabeth NELSON WINGFIELD on December 27 1797. Elizabeth WINGFIELD died in 1802. The slaves originally willed to Elizabeth by Thomas, were allotted to their children in 1803 in the following division of slaves:

Samuel WINGFIELD (Overseer) — Lot 1 ($645)

  • Charles – $300
  • Mary – $345

Thomas WINGFIELD Jr. — Lot 2 ($865)

  • Joe – $395
  • Venus – $320
  • Jordan – $93
  • Washington -$57

Frances WINGFIELD — Lot 3 ($554)

  • Charles * – $355
  • James * – $205
  • Patsey – $94

Charles WINGFIELD — Lot 4 ($478)

  • Suck – $320
  • William – $121
  • Young Child – $27

John WINGFIELD (Father of James Nelson, owner of my 4th Grandfather James WINGFIELD) — Lot 5 ($522)

  • Nate – $285
  • Amy – $205
  • Lucy – $102

John BUTLER * — Lot 6 ($551)

  • Pal— * – $270
  • Sylvia  – $260
  • Lucy – $46
  • Margaret – $75

Though I knew all African American, Wilkes County WINGFIELDS descended from Thomas’ sons, I never had any idea of how the sorting happened. Now we know — the first parsing of WINGFIELD slaves occurred in

Still Flying with Ravens & Ready to Take Flight!:)

By |December 13th, 2013

Carey Moore ~ Flying With RavensShortly after returning from my first trip in March 2011 to Taos, New Mexico, I posted this painting by the late Carey Moore, Flying with Ravens. It was a Sunday, and I was on the way to my weekly visit with Mom.  A post reflecting the heaviness I carried. I was “going through” and turning to all things beautiful (and quiet) for comfort.

I fell in love with Taos the moment it was described by a friend encouraging me to visit The Enchanted Lands, where she said I’d fit right in.

Well I did visit. I did fit right in. And in May 2014 I’ll travel cross-country with kids in-tow to plant new, permanent, Southwestern roots in Taos, NM!:)

Kinda surreal how much my life has changed since that Sentimental Sunday post.

This time, Mama will journey with us in spirit. I’m not seeking refuge in the mountains anymore, just my own adventures and dreams to fulfill.

Planning on immersing myself in my art, and devoting lots of time loving on my kids — and me!:)

In seasons to come I’ll raft the Rio Grande, join the pilgrimage to Chimayo and celebrate fall harvest with the Red Willow people of Taos Pueblo.

I still believe my old-school coffee house will manifest where I’ll comfort folks with Blue […]

AAGSAR BLOG PRAISE: Ancestral Callings ~ Goin’ hard — thanks to Luckie

By |December 12th, 2013

The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it.” ~ Chinese Proverb

Hands-down the biggest surprise for me since forming AAGSAR in August has been the negativity flung my way via both new and familiar sources. I often have need to challenge myself to be steadfast in my purpose. Sandra’s wisdom arrived just in time, reminding me of where my accountability rests. Good People – Respect the work. Respect the purpose. Respect our Ancestors. #GOHARDorGOHOME ~ Luckie


  • Genealogy Blogger & Site: Sandra WILLIAMS BUSH of Ancestral Callings
  • Post Praise: Goin’ hard — thanks to Luckie
  • Why I it: because it speaks to the core purpose of why AAGSAR was formed. This isn’t about glorification, bullying or setting ourselves above anyone else. We are fighting for the voice of our Ancestors and the empowered knowledge of their descendants. This is SERIOUS WORK! Thanks Sandra for bringing knowledge, wisdom and understanding to our Community.


Goin’ hard — thanks to Luckie

Never thought I’d be a blogger but thankfully my ancestors got together with the ancestors of Luckie Daniels and they all guided me to the Facebook group African American Genealogy & Slave Ancestry Research. There I virtually met a seriously dedicated group of genealogy researchers. But above all I encountered Luckie, the Principal, who held all in the group to a higher standard. We may have done research on our families with piles of books, papers, & stories to prove it, but what […]

HISTORIC MOMENT: President Obama Delivers A Eulogy For Nelson Mandela (Transcript)

By |December 10th, 2013

Nelson MANDELA ~ Memorial 12.10.13

Wow! I’ve lived to witness yet another historic moment in time — South Africa’s first Black President, Nelson MANDELA being eulogized by America’s first Black President, Barack OBAMA.

I never want to forget whose shoulders I stand on. How many of my Ancestors never lived to experience true freedom — how many died for just a taste of it. I never want to take for granted what went into making me a person who loves and embraces who I AM. And may I never forget my accountability to my family and community — they are one in the same.

A historic day that reminds me to be diligent and conscious of the legacy I’m creating. And hopeful of the day many years removed, to have grands and great grands to share all of the things I’ve been blessed to witness in my lifetime.

As I tell my Daughter each morning as she heads into her school…


Hamba Kahle Nelson MANDELA. Your work on Mother Earth is complete.

Full transcript

President Obama Delivers A Eulogy For Nelson Mandela

To Graça Machel and the Mandela family; to President Zuma and members of the government; to heads of state and government, past and present; distinguished guests – it is a singular honor to be with you today, to celebrate a life unlike any other. To the people of South Africa – people of every race and walk of life – the world thanks you for sharing Nelson Mandela with […]

The Bar IS NOT Budging. So Now What?!

By |December 7th, 2013

Henderson Washington GAI planned to pen this post for private viewing by my AAGSAR Facebook Community only, but I do favor transparency. So that said, this post is available to anyone having interest to read it.

As I shared with AAGSAR this morning, this has been a tough week. As we near our 2014 BLOGFEST event, the first step in preparing has been the work of removing inactive members from the forum. Not a warm n’ fuzzy task at all!:)

Why are inactive members removed from AAGSAR? Read here — AAGSAR Official CHEAT SHEET: Surviving The Principal, TRIBE & 21st Century Slave Ancestry Research.

Members are NEVER happy to exit the forum and some are more “vocal” than others. My reaction to the commentary is usually a mix of surprise, frustration and sadness. Though specific to the transition our Community is making, the responses expose cultural and emotional wounds that feel set on historic rewind. As I shared with Liv of Claiming Kin, we are the only people I’ve worked with who no matter what, fight AGAINST progress and deem anyone attempting to make it, the enemy.

So I’m publishing a behind the scenes exchange between myself and a member who requested to be removed from the community this morning. I think it speaks […]

DNA CENTRAL: 23andMe ~ I See My True Colors Shining Through!:)

By |December 6th, 2013


If you thought you heard me crooning True Colors with Cyndi LAUPER backing me up, you did! My 23andMe Ancestry Composition updates have arrived and I do get a kick (more than expected) out of seeing the genetic makeup of… ME! My DNA composition does remind of a colorful rainbow!:)

In my admittedly elementary genetic conclusion, scientific DNA analysis COMPLETELY annihilates the baseline for how Race in America is defined!

Clearly the prerequisites defining the (1) Drop Rule no longer apply to most of us! Did (1) Drop as a determination of ethnicity ever really apply? Heck no! But now there’s scientific validation to confirm what historians/genealogists have always known — America is more of a Melting Pot than it ever wanted to openly acknowledge.

So stay tuned! Along with the evolution of technology, DNA analysis is a 21st Century GAME CHANGER!

Who knows what’s in store?!:)



FOOTNOTE (23andMe):

The default Standard Estimate corresponds to 75% confidence. You have the option to make the estimate more strict (the Conservative Estimate is at 90% confidence) or more lenient (the Speculative Estimate is at 50% confidence).

The above graph Speculative estimate and below data Standard estimate:

84.6% Sub-Saharan African
63.3% West African
0.7% Central & South African
20.5%  Nonspecific Sub-Saharan African

10.3% European
2.9% Northern European
<0.1% […]

Nelson MANDELA (1918-2013) #MADIBA

By |December 5th, 2013

Nelson Mandela  ~ Rest In Peace

“A real leader uses every issue, no matter how serious and sensitive, to ensure that at the end of the debate we should emerge stronger!”

Nelson MANDELA | Hamba Kahle Madiba

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RootsTECH, Online Genealogy and the Question of DIVERSITY?

By |December 5th, 2013

RootsTECH conference 2014

Let me start with what I dig about RootsTECHmostly everything!:)

Everybody knows I’m a HUGE proponent of technology integration as it applies to genealogy research. Sit aside my being a professional Techie – I’m a historian/genealogist living in the 21st Century!

Though I’ll soon call New Mexico home, my Ancestors roots were planted in Virginia, South and North Carolina long before they found their way to Georgia, Alabama, Kentucky and Ohio. Descendants of once enslaved Ancestors don’t have the benefit of a bounty of records, stored in easily accessible places. To progress, we must spread our net across a broad field of data and utilize EVERY tool in our kit to oft times answer the most basic query.

Add work demands, Mom duties and the reality it takes a village of folks to help conquer my Ancestor challenges — smart technology to support my genealogy work makes practical sense, Techie or not. Technology has been the gift that keeps on giving to my family research.

So I applaud and stand behind the efforts of RootsTECH/Family Search. The work they’re doing — developing smart technology and educating/training genealogy users is essential. If this were not the vision being shared in 2014, I’d be alarmed!

But that said, after returning online in August, I made a deliberate decision to NOT attend the upcoming 2014 RootsTECH Conference, due to the lack of diversity in the Sessions — 238 total — being presented.

Following RootsTECH […]