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REPLAY: 1st Edition ~ Carnival of African-American Genealogy: Restore My Name – Slave Records & Genealogy Research {3.18.10}

Hammond-Davies Slave Bible RecordsTimestamp this moment Friends because with the arrival of the 1st Edition ~ Carnival of African-American Genealogy: Restore My Name – Slave Records & Genealogy Research, we have made history!

Never before has an open dialogue and mass sharing of historic slave data between the descendants of slaves and slave owners occurred online, and quite honestly, I’d be surprised if exchanges such as this have transpired much offline either!:-)

On February 8, the genea-community began answering my charge to become a Friend of Friends to their fellow African-American researchers, by sharing oft times private slave data encountered through their own personal genealogy research.

Since then, I’ve been alerted daily via emails, blog posts and tweets to online resources that provide invaluable information pertaining to our enslaved Ancestors. Information that otherwise, may never have been discovered.

In addition to the Restore My Name submissions presented below, there have been at least 20-25 individual blog posts citing previously unpublished slave information! Simply AMAZING!:-)

So as the one who first sounded the alarm, let me also be the first to thank the genea-community for proving that we are in fact a true community of supporters to all who choose to join and a shining example that collectively we can rise above history’s most devastating blemish.

We have chosen to heal history, rather than hide from it.

I am proud of you. I am proud of US.

Restore My Name – Slave Records & Genealogy Research

Alane Roundtree presents CoAAG 1st […]

Why the Mention of Bill Grimke-Drayton Still Makes Me Angry?

Yesterday, I posted a question to my new African-American Genealogy and Slave Ancestry Research Facebook Group, asking how many over the course of their research, had identified and attempted to contact the descendants of their Ancestors slave owner(s).

There were several responses citing the positive and sometimes, not so positive exchanges that occur when our research leads us back to the descendant of a long-gone slaveholder. Our hope? That the descendant is willing to engage us and moved to share any documentation/information that might shed light on our once enslaved Ancestor.

These dialogues can be awkward and unpredictable. As a family historian who’s outreached many white descendants, I still never know what to expect when I hit my “send” button.

I’ve been appreciative of the WINGFIELD and CODY support received over the years to push my research further. Angered when it became clear I might never fully know Catie’s Story due to the unwillingness of the DICKEY family to share with me what information exists about her in the bibles/journals of Rev. James Madison DICKEY, her Washington-Wilkes owner. And disappointed beyond words to find the Southwestern Claude CARR CODY Collection — which contains hundreds of original documents belonging to Catie’s first owner Madison Derrelle CODY — completely purged of ANY reference to the family’s abundant slave holdings.

Yes, engaging white descendants in an attempt to identify your lost family lineage can be a mixed bag! There’s a lot of ugly history to sort through, and even after 15+ years of researching, I still struggle to make my peace with it — as well as its cultural, genealogical and […]

FLASHBACK: A Friend of Friends {AFoF}: Repository of Slave Records & Related Information {3.21.10}

A Friend of FriendsIn the days following my Feb. 8 genea-community call to action, it became apparent that once the exchange of slave records and related information began, a community resource was needed to collect the data being shared and to facilitate its dissemination to the broader research community.

The decision to create a web portal to support the descendants exchange came easily, and after a brief brainstorming of possible names, so did the final naming convention — A Friend of Friends (AFoF).

Like many, I was inspired by the sentiments shared by Sandra Taliaferro’s A Friend of Friends: Lessons From The Underground Railroad blog post and after settling on the name, quickly enlisted the help of my friend San in the effort to get AFoF online!

In its simplest form, AFoF is a medium for Friends of Friends to share data and information with descendants researching slave ancestry, as we work to free our Ancestors memories and names from a lost and oft times buried, history.

In truth, African-American Ancestors for the most part, have not been fully emancipated yet. They will not be FREE until their names are known and their stories told.

AFoF is a community vehicle. It is very likely you will find information posted to AFoF appearing in the repository of LowCountry Africana, on the message boards of AfriGeneas or […]

Rose CODY, Born About 1782

While reading the CODY and WOMACK Families book sent to me by Lori, I discovered the name of Michael CODY’s first slave — Rose.

The Author notes that:

during the year 1800 he purchased a negro girl, who was then 18 years of age, whose name was Rose.

By my estimation, that would place Rose’s birth sometime about the year 1782.

Interestingly enough, Michael’s 1832 will names a Rose & Rosetta, among his 42 slaves & both the Warren County 1850 & 1860 Census for Rebecca & Madison Derrelle, have a black, female slave that logically, could be our Rose.

From my other family book reference CODY-ROGERS of Georgia, I know that the separation of family was said to be Michael’s greatest issue with Slavery & that his will specifically stated there was to be no selling of slaves or his property.

Could Rose, born in 1782 be my oldest Ancestor to date? YES. Will I ever be able to confirm this fact? I pray God I will, whether it be to confirm or negate a blood connection.

What am I counting on to assist me? If Michael purchased Rose in 1800, hopefully there is a deed transaction living in the Archives to shed light on the transaction. If Rose was so well loved that she remained with the family some 65 years, could she be mentioned somewhere in the CODY family papers or buried near Michael & Rebecca in Warren Co?

I’ll be looking out for my Rose and yes, she is MY Rose now.

I admit, it is hard for me to look past an Ancestor once our paths cross. My knowledge of their being unknown for so long just won’t allow me to leave them unamed or unrecognized.

Be they my CODY blood […]