[WILSON] Re: Wilson Digest, Vol 6, Issue 1

Wilson at afrigeneas.com Wilson at afrigeneas.com
Sun Oct 3 12:18:49 EDT 2004

You have much more information about your "black ancestors" than I do. There is a lot more information about a wealthy white politician than about his slave my great great grand mother.  Before 1860 is like a blank wall except on my mother's side my great great grand parents were "free" blacks in the same area. Looks like they had slave owners as friends and neighbors. My cousin tells me that after the "Civil War" they both died leaving several very young children that neighbors, a white family, raised them well into their teens. 

We could still be related both families were from Kentucky. Slaves often named their children after friends, family members and their "owners". Since William Wilson is a very common name with several William in his family my great great grandfather was called W. W. Wilson I believe.  

Sometimes I wonder what life was like then? W. W. Wilson had a wife and a dozen of slaves several women including my great great grandmother who had at least two children by him before he sold his daughter, my great grandmother. Two branches of the family differ about fate my great great grandmother one side thinks she died in child birth and the other believe both my great great grand mother and her daughter were sold off. Any way they kept his son my great great grand uncle. 

Wilson at afrigeneas.com wrote:

>Since writing this message I have located Nancy TEABOUT-SMITH-WILSON in
>the 1850 Hackensack Bergen County NJ Census with her 1st husband Charles
>SMITH and two of their children Salina and James.  I no she had two more
>boys with him John and Thomas SMITH.  She later had William, Eduard and
>Harvey WILSON with William (George, not sure if this is his name, she
>gave this name as the widow of George in the 1882 Passaic Directory).
>William, my Ggrandfather and her son, was born 1869, according to his
>death certificate. He married a full-blooded Delaware Lenape indian. His
>father William/George is who I don't know anything about.  Only that the
>informat on the death certificate said his name was William and he gave
>Kentucky as his birthplace.  I have very little info as you can see.
>I certainly hope you come up with more info on his wife.  I don't know
>if William/George came to NJ by way of TN, but if you have a story to
>tell, I'm a good listener.  Put it in writing.
>novche2 at webtv.net
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