Archives for March 2011

News Roundup: Bermuda Genealogist, New Slave Database, Brazil Slave Market Uncovered

Digging up family trees When Glen Ming started researching his family tree in 1995 he didn't know his grandfather's name. Since then he has become an expert on Bermudan genealogy and is working to complete an index or births, marriages and deaths in Bermuda up to the year 2000. Grant funds creation of online slave database The Virginia Historical Society recently received a $100,000 grant from Dominion Resources and The Dominion Foundation to fund the creation of "Unknown No Longer: A Database of Virginia Slave Names." This free, online database will contain personal information about … [Read more...]

News Roundup: Colorlines, Afro Confederates, 40 Acres Commemoration and Baker Family History

How 3 American families blurred the lines of race "The Invisible Line: Three American Families and the Secret Journey from Black to White," researches the Gibsons, Louisiana sugar planters who descended from free blacks in South Carolina and became wealthy slave holders; the Spencers, descended from two free black men who married two white sisters; and the Walls, descended from a slave owner who fathered children with three of his slaves. Georgia marks Civil War's '40 acres and a mule' The Georgia Historical Society unveiled a marker summing up the history of the "40 Acres and a Mule" … [Read more...]

Sam Anthony

Sam Anthony is my maternal great-grandfather. According to legend, when he was a sickly walking baby he was left behind when his family moved out of the cabin they lived in and on to another farm. A man named Primus Anthony moved into that cabin and adopted Sam, raising him as his own. That's when he became known as Sam Anthony. In 1976 the Currie's and Gray's of Haywood County, Tennessee began having an annual reunion and invited Sam's descendants after claiming him as one of their own. When I asked my family about the  connection to the Currie-Gray's, I was told that Sam's father was … [Read more...]