I’ve always been very careful over the years to focus on the restorative nature of my Slave Ancestry research. I’ve never felt it my purpose to spend time amplifying an Ancestors human flaws. Given the time period and life circumstances they endured, I choose to offer Ancestors peace and ease in lieu of judgement.
Today is no different.
As it often happens, I start out seeking one thing and discover something TOTALLY different! I can’t tell you what lead me to the story of Florence ENGLISH and Amanda CODY today — I’ve never heard of Florence nor paid much attention to Amanda’s 1870 Warrenton Census presence. I do believe it was their intention to be found though. As with all Ancestors, I believe they (Florence and Amanda) desire to not be forgotten or dismissed. I believe it’s possible Ancestors can seek redemption, forgiveness and understanding too.
Now in the case of the CODY, JOHNSON and ENGLISH families of Warrenton, it would take a lifetime of research and DNA testing to untangle the web of how these blood lines intertwine many times over. Marion Michael CODY (Madison’s brother) married Rachel ENGLISH — bringing together their family lines and slaves. The JOHNSON Farm was adjoined to both Madison and Robert CODY’s property. There was much intermingling across the families — and slaves. So Florence and Amanda were most likely cousins, and they are certainly connected to me.