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They Crossed Over – Born Enslaved, Died Free

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Below are a list of my ancestors who were born enslaved but lived past the end of the Civil War to live free. I wonder how many never made it over with them or how many they lost never to find along the way.

Garland Arnold (1851, Georgia) m. Fannie Gray (1855, Georgia) – 2nd Great Grandparents

Garland and Fannie Arnold 1880

1880 Census – Clayton County, Georgia, 12 June 1880

Robert Arnold (1830, Virginia) m. Patsy (1825, Virginia) – 3rd Great Grandparents – parents of Garland Arnold

1880 Census, Clayton County - 14 June 1880

1880 Census – Clayton County, Georgia, 14 June 1880

Boston Mattox (30 Jun 1849, Georgia – 29 Jun 1928, West Virginia) – 2nd Great Grandfather

1880 Census - Wilkes County, 13 January 1920

1880 Census – Wilkes County, Georgia, 13 January 1920

Ester Mattox (1836, Georgia) – 3rd Great Grandmother – Mother of Boston Mattox

1880 Census - Wilkes County, Georgia, 4 June 1880

1880 Census – Wilkes County, Georgia, 4 June 1880

Benjamin Faver (1825, Georgia) – 3rd Great Grandfather

1880 Census - Wilkes County, Georgia, 4 June 1880

1880 Census – Wilkes County, Georgia, 4 June 1880

Sabry Turner Walton Wright (1835, Georgia) – 3rd Great Grandmother

1900 Census - Wilkes County, Georgia, 7 June 1900

1900 Census – Wilkes County, Georgia, 7 June 1900

Winnie Faver (1798, Virginia) – 4th Great Grandmother – Mother of Benjamin Faver

1880 Census - Oglethorpe County, Georgia, 4 June 1880

1880 Census – Oglethorpe County, Georgia, 4 June 1880

George Banks (1830, Virginia) m. Fannie Bowles (1849, Virginia) – 3rd Great Grandparents

1880 Census - Henrico County, Virginia, 4th June 1880

1880 Census – Henrico County, Virginia, 4th June 1880

Thomas Williamson (1841, North Carolina) m. Ella Gunn (1859, North Carolina) – 3rd Great Grandparents

1910 Census - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 16 April 1910

1910 Census – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 16 April 1910

Squire Gunn (1810, North Carolina) – 4th Great Grandfather – Father of Ella Gun

1870 Census - Person County, North Carolina, 7 October 1870

1870 Census – Person County, North Carolina, 7 October 1870

Peter West (1848, Mississippi) m. Dorcus Brown (1851, Alabama) – 2nd Great Grandparents

1870 Census - Hinds County, Mississippi, 15 July, 1870

1870 Census – Hinds County, Mississippi, 15 July, 1870

Simon Durr (4 September 1845, Simpson County, Mississippi – 13 March 1839, Copiah County, Mississippi) m. Sarah Griffith (Jun 1852, Mississippi) – 2nd Great Grandfather

1900 Census - Simpson County, Mississippi, 25 June 1900

1900 Census – Simpson County, Mississippi, 25 June 1900

Robert Durr (1820, South Carolina) – 3rd Great Grandfather – Father of Simon Durr

1900 Census - Simpson County, Mississippi, 14 June 1900

1900 Census – Simpson County, Mississippi, 14 June 1900

Henry F. Griffith (Aug 1838, Mississippi) m. Agnis Dear (1849, Mississippi) – 3rd Great Grandparents – Parents of Sarah Griffith

1900 Census - Lawrence County, Mississippi, 27 June 1900

1900 Census – Lawrence County, Mississippi, 27 June 1900

Mahala Dear (1800, North Carolina) – 4th Great Grandmother – Mother of Agnis Dear

1880 Census - Lawrence County, Mississippi, 19 June 1880

1880 Census – Lawrence County, Mississippi, 19 June 1880

Raymond Smith (1835, Louisiana) m. Caroline Iles (1850, Mississippi) – 2nd Great Grandparents

1880 Census - Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, 16 June 1880

1880 Census – Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, 16 June 1880

Jane Iles (1830, Virginia) – 3rd Great Grandmother – Mother of Caroline Iles

Jane Iles - 1900

Horris Church (1858,  St. Mary Parish, Louisiana) – 2nd Great Grandfather

Horris Church - 1900

Tom Griffin (1852, Virginia) m. Mary (1835, Louisiana) – 3rd Great Grandparents

Emma was born in 1869. Logical conclusion would be that her parents lived until that date. Family lore says Emma was raised by her father Tom

Emma was born in 1869. Logical conclusion would be that her parents lived until that date. Family lore says Emma was raised by her father Tom

In many cases, these ancestors place me three generations FROM being enslaved. Homage paid to those known and unknown. As James Baldwin said, these ancestors bought and paid for my passage as a citizen to the United States. I owe my country no me!