Sunday, October 18, 2009
So, I pulled out the notes and remembered that she (85 yr old cousin) gave me the name of possible slave owners of my Banks line. HINTON. She said that's what her father told her. Her father being the brother of my 2nd great grandmother and the son of Caleb Banks. So, she's a 1st hand source. An amazing 1st hand source I should add.
So, here I am on Ancestry.com remembering all the things I looked at before. Such as on the 1870 census, living with Caleb Banks and his family, was a Matilda HINTON age 20. She's a black woman listed as a laborer. I saw this before, but wasn't sure what to make of it.
Another thing that I mentally filed away, was the fact that a few of the death certificates for my family stated the Hinton Burial Ground. Now, maybe there's an answer. Maybe the reason why it statest he Hinton Burial Ground on death certificates is due to the Hintons were the slave owner. Maybe these slave owners designated a portion of their property to bury slaves.
Also, 2 houses down, there is a George W. HINTON. Going to the 1860 Slave Schedules, George HINTON owned 10 slaves, ranging in age from 4 to 45. However, none of these ages match Caleb Banks or anyone else in his household...exactly. But, we all know that the age of an ancestor gets changed over time. So, I can't exclude him as a possible slave owner for this reason. Now, I have to research George Hinton to see what I can find.
Two houses down from George Hinton on the 1870 census, there is an E.L. Hinton. E.L. Hinton owned 26 slaves. As a matter of fact, various HINTONS owned a total of 73 slaves in Pasquotank county in 1860. So, it appears that I need to concentrate my research on the Hintons in NC.
The backtracking begins....
Another thing I have to do is find out how my ancestor, Caleb Banks, came to own the 39 acres of land above. Upon his death, the land was divided among his children. I wasn't able to find a record of sale to Caleb Banks in the Pasquotank Register of Deeds office. However, I was told that there should be one howing his ownership.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
This cemetery is owned by the county and they want to move it so the land can be developed for other purposes.
This cemetery has relatives long forgotten. However, this doesn't mean that those relatives should be moved from their final resting place. Especially, since this may be the oldest in Busnell, FL related to runaway slaves. The cemetery is more than likely over 100 years old and the fact that people were buried there as recent as 1956 would tell me that this little known cemetery is a family cemetery. A place where black folk have been laying their family to rest.
From my own experience, we placed our dead among family. We used the same area, same cemetery, same city to place our family members. The person buried there in 1956 would indicate to me that, those placed their before them were family. Not just a random black person.
Where is the city going to be moving the cemetery? We don't know. But, according to the County Administrator, Bradley Arnold, they plan on placing it in a more appropriate location. What does that mean, and where is that exactly????
The sad part is, even if the development falls thru, Sumter County still plans on moving the cemetery. What kind of foolishness is that?? Where is the new cemetery going to be located??? These bodies have been resting here for possibly more than 100 years and the county wants to simply move them for possible finanical gain. That's right POSSIBLE.
I hope and pray that the family members of those buried here speak out.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
I have been crazy busy lately at work which has left me not time to blog, let alone think about genealogy. I know right..so sad!
But, since starting my search 2 years ago, I have come across ZERO fellow researchers. Granted, I'm researching 2 specific counties in NC (Pasquotank and Camden) and 4 surnames: Banks, McCoy, Lowry & Spence. Still no one. Not one descendant from these other lines are researching the tree...that I know of.
Why is that? Why aren't more people, mainly African Americans, researching their roots? Is this not important??
Monday, October 5, 2009
I've been nominated for the Family Tree Magazine's 40 Best Genealogy Blogs. Now I need you to VOTE FOR ME!! LOL.
I'm nominated under the 'Personal/Family Category'.
I can't even believe I've been nominated. WOW!!!
While work has had me busy and unable to tend to genealogy, I'm happy that I'm nominated!!!!