Category Archives: Southern Ancestors

Legacy of Slave Ownership – Matthew McCrary’s Slaves Part 2

Slave ownership is sticky and not in good way.  I wanted to know what happened to Matthew McCrary’s slaves when he died (see past post). I haven’t found a document that told of the final disposition of his slaves in … Continue reading

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The McCrary Slaves – Who Were They?

It all started with finding out about Martha, the 14 year old black child who was “deeded” over to Mary Jane Kellum McCrary from her father Thomas R. Kellum.  See past post here.  This had me digging into additional records to … Continue reading

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Alabama Memories: IGHR and the Kellum and McCrary Families

So where have I been all these weeks? In the first part of June, I was in Alabama finally attending the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. It’s been a goal to do it … Continue reading

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Jennie Gammon Part II – What happens to the Gammon Family after the Civil War?

The war was a life altering experience for the Gammon Family, as it had been for everyone in the country. After 9 months in the prisoner of war camp in Indianapolis, George is released in a prisoner exchange in February … Continue reading

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Tomlinson Hill – Getting Historical Context for My Texas Ancestors

I recently finished reading Tomlinson Hill: The Remarkable Story of Two Families Who Share the Tomlinson Name- One White, One Black by Chris Tomlinson. The white Tomlinson’s were the original slave owners who had moved to Texas from Alabama prior … Continue reading

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