Discovery spurs family history

ebarlowElvie Barlow was rummaging through some of his grandmother’s belongings some 20 years ago when he came upon a document that would change his life forever.

#African-American family is in its eighth generation of owning southeast Dougherty County farm.

#“My grandmother was in the early stages of Alzheimer’s at the time, and she was always going through these papers,” Barlow, an environmental scientist with the Environmental Protection Agency and a graduate of Albany State University, said. “There was one piece of paper in her belongings that spoke to me. When I finally sat down and read it, it helped me discover the history of a people whose story I’d never heard.

Read more: http://www.albanyherald.com/news/2013/jul/27/discovery-spurs-family-history/

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  1. I FOUND YOUR WEDSITE BY ACCIDENT TODAY WHILE RESEARCHING MY GRAND PATRENTS BIRTH SITE. I BEEN DOING RESEARCH ON OUR FAMILY TREE EVERY SINCE I DISCOVER WE ONCE OWNED SOME PROPERTYT IN TEXAS.GIVEN TO ANOTHER GRANDFATHER IN 1833, 166 ACRES BY THE THEN GOVENOR OF TEXAS JOHN IRELAND.. SINCE I AM ON E OF THE 6TH GENERATION OF THE FAMILY. HAD NOT BEEN RAISE AROUND ANY OF MY FATHERS PEOPLE. THIS HAS BLOW MY MIND. TO THINK ALL THESE YEARS WE HAD PROPERTY IN THE RED RIVER COUNTY AND NO ONE EVER MENTION TO ME OR MY COUSINS, UNTIL 2010 AFTER THE LAST OVERSEER HAD DIED.
    I WAS SUPRISE AND SHOCK. ON 2014 MY COUSINS AND I WENT TO THE COURTHOUSE TO SEE FOR OURSELVES. FIRST WE TOLD NO RECORDS OF THE POPERTY EXIST. I CALL AUSTIN TEXAS RECORDS DEPT. THEY FOUND THE OLD DEED AND FAX ME A COPY. THEN THE RED RIVER CAME UP THIS SOME KIND OF PARTION DEED, SHOWING THE POPERTY WAS SOLD.
    I WAS NOT TO SUPRISE SINCE ME AND MY FAMILY WAS NEVER TOLD. AND THE HEIRS, THAT I CAME UNDER WHO WAS ENTITLE TO SOME OF THE ROYAL DID NOT SEEN TO KNOW ANYTHING EITHER BEFORE SHE DIED IN 1972.

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