Contributed by: Rosemary Mullally
West African Griots are historians, storytellers, traditional praise singers and musicians. Their roles are hereditary and their surnames identify them as Griots. For example, Toumani Diabate of Mali comes from 70 generations of Griots. His father, Sidiki Diabate was considered the “King of the Kora” in Guinea, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Mali and The Gambia. When he died, memorials were held in each of these countries, attended by foreign diplomats, government officials and musicians. The most famous Griot in each of these countries was chosen to preside over the memorials and to celebrate the life of Sidiki Diabate by “singing his praises” and recounting his life story.
Malian Griots, both women and men, are always present at the social rites; birth, marriage and death. Many Griots are “family Griots” and have been associated with a single family for generations. These Griots are the repositories of the family’s genealogy and history. During a marriage ceremony, it is not unusual for the family Griot to recount the story of an ancestor’s marriage that occurred centuries ago; detailing gifts given, attendants and the beauty of the bride.
In a given community, a Griot who attends a social occasion usually knows everyone and their families. To honor a guest or host, the Griot will recount a story about their family and/or praise the person’s business acumen, number of children, honesty and generosity. This praise singing is usually accompanied by the traditional music of the djembe, balafon and kora. During the event, in acknowledgment of the Griot’s talent and praises, cash gifts are given, the size of the gift dependent upon the renown of the Griot and the affluence of the host and guests. Competitions in gift giving frequently occur, adding to the reputation of the most generous giver and occasioning louder and longer praises from the Griot.
As an African American living in a country and a society of Africans, I can’t help but feel proud, yet saddened. Proud that not every part of our African culture was erased by our enforced journey into slavery, yet saddened that so much of our history and knowledge is lost. African American Griots do exist in the form of our historians, writers, actors, musicians, parents, grandparents and our selves. We sing the praises of our ancestors, we tell their stories, we give them their rightful place in history and we are the keepers of their memories.
As we research our families, let us become a part of the gift giving competition, bestowing our gifts of knowledge upon our fellow Griots, sharing information and resources, praising each other’s successes. May our loud and long praises echo down the centuries, from generation to generation, never ending.
Bamako , Mali
This site is dedicated to assisting all of those in pursuit of loi pinel ascendants descendants by being a central depository for African American records of historical proportion.
Organization of resources is by States and Projects/Databases. The Project Pages are databases for individuals and records pertaining to groups of people.
My name is Charee Jackson Harvey. I have always had an interest in my family’s humble beginnings. It was inspired by my Great Grandmother Chaney McDuffie who was born in Georgia in March of 1868. Family members would talk about her long beautiful hair and her love for the children in the family as well as her being born the day after her parents were freed. I was fortunate to spend time with her before she died in March of 1963.
It was years after before I decided to work on building the family’s lineage. When I decided to, I had no idea of where to begin so I naturally started with those that I knew. By the time my daughter left home and my son went to the military I had acquired the skill of asking questions. Questions, that only peaked my curiosity more. When I discovered the magical world of the internet, I knew I had arrived. I learned to surf, search, and finally to email. What a concept.
Since my journey with Genealogy began in 1992 I have managed to build a lineage of over 3700 strong. Others may boast more but for me as an African American, I feel proud of my accomplishment. I learned early that without sources my research was useless so of course they had to be included which opened me to knowledge of my heritage which truly amazed me.
My journey reached a milestone when I made a trip to Georgia and surveyed a cemetery which I wrote about and submitted to Rootsweb Review. They published the article and a couple of years later Reunions Magazine asked my permission to publish the same article. I have surveyed cemeteries, traveled to courthouses in other States, spent numerous hours in libraries as well as on the internet in my quest to search my roots.
I never knew much about the Jackson side of my family except for them being from the State of Kentucky. I learned of them thru a sequence of events at a time that was very unexpected. Today I know more than I ever thought was possible through the wonderful world of Genealogy. When I started my research on my Jackson family, I made trips to Kentucky especially with research in mind since the family moved to other areas. My Great-Great Grandfather Thomas Jackson was born in Bourbon Co., Kentucky. He had a total of 15 children. The last family member that I know of from Bourbon County passed in 2004. I was fortunate enough to interview her before her passing. The interview was a very important one considering she was the last of her generation. Today my research is focused on finding Thomas Jackson's siblings and other related family members from Bourbon and surrounding counties.
In 2004, I was fortunate enough to meet Jerry Taylor. She posted to a message board that I administer; we have been friends ever since. When I met her she was in the process of building a website for a County in which her interest lie. I agreed to help her with the African American portion of her website and from there “Kentucky African American Griot's” was born. The union we have formed has been one of friendship and love. I remember when we started talking about this project. I knew I wanted to be a part of it but Jerry must have thought I was taking too long so she said she would start without me. Of course I couldn’t let that happen.
Today Kentucky African American Griot's has turned out to be an important part of both of us. After working with Jerry to make the Kentucky website a site worth searching, the decision was made to work on other states. From this decision "U.S. (United States) African American Griots" was created. With very little knowledge of web-design, some data for particular parts of Georgia and Florida, and very few resources for states outside of my family research, I knew this would a challenge. We worked and continue to work diligently to better this site. Since starting U.S. African American Griots in late October, I have encountered trials and errors in web-design and have come to realize more than ever how scarce African American resources are.
The scarcity of our resources is the primary reason this site has been created. The goals today are the same as they were when KY African American Griots was started; to become a repository for African American genealogy and history. Since starting this site I have become the administrator of four African American message boards, done census lookups and assisted other researchers in their research. I am also working with a friend whose interested in starting a genealogy column in his local newspaper.
My personal dream is for each state to be represented and for each state to have its own coordinators as well as having the African American culture and traditions represented. I would also like to see the site become a valuable tool for students researching African Americans. I have requested approval from USGenWeb to become a member of their family which will open doors for other researchers to join in on the project.
My dream and Jerry's of what U.S. African American Griots should be is a work in progress and will take time to develop as well as participation from other researchers of African American genealogy and history. This is why contributions are so important. Visitors to the site have been generous with their materials and they are greatly appreciated. Thank you for your contributions to this project and please continue to contribute and visit.
Thank you for taking the time to find out who I am and enjoy the site.
My journey into genealogy began in 1983 at the request of my grandmother in hopes of learning more about the paternal side of my family, who were from the mountains of southeastern Kentucky. I was born there and it is where I lived until an early age, when we then moved to the Bluegrass Region of the state. All of my roots are tied to the hills and hollows of southeast Kentucky and it is the foundation for all that I am today.
Since beginning genealogy, I have done extensive research on my lineage and two years ago I published a book documenting my families heritage. The majority of my family research was done the old fashioned way with lots of legwork, which included countless hours at the KY Department of Archives and the KY History Center. I was slow to learn about the "information highway" and all of the possibilities that existed with it. Once I finally got my feet wet, I realized that I could share my research with everyone who was interested through the web and so, in the fall of 2001 my first website went online. I now have a total of four websites and my roll in each is not merely as a webmaster but also as a researcher, which gives me the opportunity to do two things that I love, research and web building.
\I'm only an amateur at web building, but I learned at the very beginning the importance of documentation and until recently I had always considered myself a good researcher. The year 2004 marked a new beginning in research for me as I started a quest to document an African American family. That's when I suddenly hit the famous 1870 brick wall. Until that time I was oblivious to the difficulties involved in African American research. Loving genealogy and helping others with their lineage, I knew that I wanted to do all that I could to help African Americans with their research. While working with Charee, I found a way to at least do a small part by contributing records from the county in which I live. Not long into our project, we both realized that there was a need to broaden our area of research to surrounding counties and from there the decision was made that we should cover the entire state of Kentucky and the concept of Kentucky African American Griot's was born with the goal of being a centralized location for African American research in Kentucky. Within two days, KYAA Griot's went online and soon afterwards became a member of the USGenWeb as part of KyGenWeb's Special Collections Project. Later in the year we recognized that further expansion was needed and U.S. African American Griot's was born. Our goals for USAAG are the same as with KYAAG, to assist all those in search of the African American roots in the United States. We firmly believe that there is a great future ahead for both projects. Charee and I live it and breath it on a daily bases and we share the same passion and drive to see that they become all that they can be.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has helped us in making these sites what they are today. Your support and generous contributions have been overwhelming. For those who would like to make a contribution, please do. These are projects are in need of input from everyone with an interest in African American research to meet their full potential.
Thank you and may God bless you all,
Thank you for taking the time to become familiar with our mission and enjoy the site.
US African American Griots Founders
1 - Adoption of individual States by Researchers - most States are up for adoption
2 - Resources for African Americans Natives - will include researcher submitted data and links
3- Expansion of the Lost Family Members Album - by researchers visiting AAG
4- Expansion of the Draft Card Indexes on State Pages - to include as many military personell as possible
5 - Expansion of the Pictures from the Past Photo Album - by researchers visiting AAG
Since the African American Griots Project started in October of 2004, there have been countless researchers who have contributed data, resources and links. We do not minimize the contributions of any of our contributing researchers but would like to take a moment to recognize our major contributors We appreciate the contributions of everyone who has taken time out to assist in the success of this project. Please continue to contribute so that we can continue to be a repository of African American history.
Pension Application of Andrew Ferguson: S32243
Pension Application of Allen Jeffers: S1770
Pension Application of Harriet Jeffers, daughter of Berry Jeffers: W10145:
Pension Applications of Gideon Griffin: W8877:
Excerpt from the John K. Martin Business Papers
Korean War Memorial
Revolutionary War - learning tool
Civil War Q & A Links
U.S. Army Center of Military History
The Military Career of William Hall
African American Civil War Union Soldiers
James Harris: A Free Man of Color & Revolutionary War Veteran
The Birth of the Organized Soldier
The American Revolution- units, campaigns & battles
Sandi Gorin's Tip #643: Did the serve? War of 1812 through Vietnam
When God Created a Military Wife
The Battle of Guilford Courthouse
Freedman's Bureau Records by date
American Battle Monuments Commission
CNN Iraq U.S. Coalition Casualties
Soldier's of Glory: U.S. Colored Troops in the Civil War
St. Augustine National Cemetery
Civil War Slave Compensation Claims
African American Military Timeline History of African Americans in the Civil War
African Americans roll in the "Private Navy" Jim Crow in the Spanish-American War
A brief history of World War I A brief history of World War II - 1941-1945
History of the Navy - 1917-1918 Air Force Historical Research Agency
Chronology of the Integration of the Armed Forces
U. S. Marines U. S. Air Force
U.S. Navy U.S. Army
Coast Guard National Cemeteries by State
Submit Underground Railroad Resources
Rootsweb Underground Railroad Message Board
Rootsweb Underground Railroad Mailing List
The Underground Railroad was responsible for assisting thousands of slaves escape from slavery into freedom. They were assisted by people they named "conductors". No individual organization was responsible for helping the fugitive slaves; the Slaves were assisted by whites but mostly blacks who provided the means for them to escape to the North and Canada. The following links are an account of the journey from slavery to freedom.
Underground Railroad Conductors
Henry Bibb 1815-1854
John Brown 1800-1859
Harriet Tubman 1820 - 1913
Mary Ann Shadd 1823- ?
Anthony Burns 1834-1862
Frances E. W. Harper
Richard Pierpoint 1744-1838
Frederick Douglass 1817-1895
John "Daddy" Hall 1783-1900
Josiah Henson 1789 - ?
William Hamilton Merritt
John Brown's Role
Timeline by Nat'l Geographic
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Indiana - The Levi Coffin House
Illinois - Owen Lovejoy House
Kentucky's Underground Railroad
Indiana - Bethel A.M.E. Church
Virginia - Bruin's Slave Jail
Pennsylvania - Bethel A.M.E. Church
Kansas - John Brown's Cabin
Florida - British Fort
Iowa - Todd House
Colorado - Barney L. Ford Building
Iowa - George B. Hitchock House
Michigan - Dr. Nathan Thomas House
Iowa - Milton House
Ohio - Harriet Beecher Stowe House
New York - Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims
Maine - Harriet Beecher Stowe House
New Jersey - Peter Mott House
Massachusetts - William Lloyd Garrison House
Delaware - Appoquinimink Friends Meeting House
Connecticut - Austin F. Williams House & Carriage House
Maryland - John Brown Headquarters
District of Columbia - Mary Ann Shad Cary House
West Virginia - Jefferson Co. Courthouse
Prominent Participants of the Underground Railroad
W. E. B. Du Bois
Frances E. W. Harper
Mary Ann Shadd Cary
Henry W. Bibb
Books and Online Resources - New!!!
U. S. African American Griots
Chest of Treasures
Fun Facts from Ca. 1500
Rootsweb Mailing Lists & Message Boards
Slavery Era Insurance Policies Register
Civil War Medal of Honor Recipients
Legal & Published Materials
1875 Civil Rights Act
Bill of Rights
Lincoln's First Inaugural Speech
District of Columbia Emancipation Act
The Willie Lynch Letter
American Treasures at the Library of Congress
Civil Rights Act of 1866
Letter from Jackie Robinson to Pres. Dwight D. Eisenhower
Documenting the American South
Declaration of Independence
Constitution of the United States
Family Research Project
Contribute to this project
Family Group Sheets - Genealogy Reports - Research Notes - Family Photos - Biographies
African American Family Websites - New!!!
Mose Western Descendants
Daniel Blue - an African American Pioneer
Hiram Kendall & Mary Williams
Louis T. Sims & Nola E. Kendall
Phillip Turley & Nancy Berry
Pope Family of Wyandotte Co., Ks
Harrell Family Bible listing slave births
Slaves of Patton and Rogers of Itawamba County
William Pinchback & Eliza Stewart
Online Website for Meadows
Gib Oliver Jackson
Dudley EVANS & Charles MARTIN & related families
James Harris, a Patrick Co. free Revolutionary War Vet
Family History O'Neal and St. Clair
KYAAG - Kentucky Griots LAAAG - Louisiana Griots
GAAAG - Georgia Griots WAAAG - Washington State Griots
NMAAG - New Mexico Griots OKAAG - Oklahoma Griots
MOAAG - Missouri Griots TNAAG - Tennessee Griots
VAAAG - Virginia Griots IOAAG - Iowa Griots
HIAAG - Hawaii Griots
Select Freedmen's Labor Contracts - Butler Co.
Freedmen Rations Distribution-Butler Co.
James Gilbert Newspaper Extraction
WWI Draft Registrations
Freedman's Bureau Signatures of Depositors
Bethany Baptist Church Records
Jefferson Co. Probate Records
Conner, Farar B., Killarney Plantation Slaves:
Women and Children Taken to Texas during the Civil War
List of Destitute Freedmen Relocated
from Charlotte, NC to Yazoo, MS
Abstractions for the Surname "Ambros," "Ambrose" and "Ambers"
Freedmen living on Roanoke Island likely to become destitute during the Winter 1866-1867
Washington Co. Marriages - partial listing
Probate & Emancipation Records
Records of the Freedman's Savings and Trust Company
More Records of the Freedman's Savings and Trust Company
Runaway Slave Records
Kaufman Co. Records
Incarcerated Criminals 1607 - 1982 - partial listing
Signatures of Depositors
Virginia Military Service Database
1779 Petition to divide Bladen, Duplin & New Hanover Counties
Probate Records, Emancipations & Slave Sales
Speeches & Music
Lift Every Voice & Sing
I Have a Dream
Frederick Douglass' 1852 Speech
Brochure of the1963 March on Lincoln Memorial Pt. 1 & Pt. 2
Brown vs. The Board of Education
Plessy vs Ferguson
Heart of Atlanta Motel v. United States
Gibbons v. Ogden
Missouri Jim Crow Court Cases
African American Inventors
Georgia Women of Achievement
African American first by Women
Pertinent Events in African American History
The Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793
The First Slave Auction
The Stono Rebellion
The History of "Watch Night Service"
More on "Watch Night Service"
Watch Night Service Poem
Historic Places of the Civil Rights Movement
So. Carolina State College Historical District
Fort Mose; the first Black Settlement
On Us Folks
Where would the world be without Blacks???
Life Without Blacks
The Final Inspection
When God Created a Military Wife
Raised in a Black Church
Cullings from Zion's Poets
The Mind is the Measure of a Man
African-American Prayers & Sermons
A Teacher's Prayer (1841)
A Thanksgiving Sermon (1808)
Anti-Slavery Literature Project
Footprints in the Sand
When I must Leave
Now That I am Gone
My Last Request
The Man in the Glass
If Tommorrow Starts without Me
18th Century Slavery Poetry
On the rejection of the Bill abolishing slave trade
The Little Black Boy
The Slave Lament
Select Poems by William Cowper
The Dying Negro, a Poem
Epilogue to "The Padlock"
Poems on Slavery
John Harris "The Fall of Slavery"
Slavery Poem by Hannah More
The Wrongs of Africa - Part 1
The Wrongs of Africa - Part 2
Poems about Slavery by William Wordsworth
A Poem on the Inhumanity of Slavery
National Archives Microfilm Publications
Signature Cards of
Depositors in Branches of the
Freedman's Savings and Trust Company 1865 -1874
Microcopy No. 816
(Partial Listing of Records)
This collection is a very good research tool if used in the context in which it was created. I have included the Introduction given by the
National Archives Microfilm Publications since it is best explained by them. Before going any further please take a moment
to read their introduction for this collection.
Roll 3 - Little Rock, Arkansas Roll 12 - Shreveport, La.
Roll 4 - District of Columbia Roll 13 - Baltimore, Md.
Roll 7 - Augusta, Ga.
Roll 14 - Columbus/Natchez, Ms.
Roll 8 - Savannah, Ga. Roll 16 - St. Louis, Mo.
Roll 9 - Savannah, Ga. Roll 17 - New York, N.Y.
Roll 11 - Lexington, Ky. Roll 25 - Nashville, Tn.
Roll 11 - Louisville, Ky. Roll 26 - Richmond, Va. & Norfolk, Va.
Roll 12 - New Orleans, La. -
Family Search - Freedman's Bank Records on Cd
Let My People Go: The Healing Stories Behind the Freedman Bank Records
Little Rock, Ark. Accounts 153 - 1358
Feb. 27, 1871 - July 15, 1874
Record No Surname Given Name Spouse Remark
Parents: Shedrech? Burkes & Maria Young
Parents: Anthony Guise & Maria Hall
Parents: Eli & Lilly
Parents: Father unknown Mother: Doreas
Parents: John & Martha
Parents: Merife? & Mary
Parents: Giles Gully & Margaret A. Gully
Parents: Adam Lee & Jane Gully
Parents: Lifi? & Frances
Parents: Adam Howard & Celia
Parents: George & Nancy Jones
Parents: Samuel & Susanna
Parents: Robert & Hannah Lewis
Parents: Everett Logan & Jane
Parents: John & Julia
Parents: Wash Phillips & Maria Hill
Parent: Michael Pritchard
Born: Camden Co., N. C.
Parents: Alford & Malinda
Born: Warren Co., N. C.
Parents: William Tuller & Rose Winstead
Parents: William Tuller & Rose Winstead
Washington, D. C.
Accounts 1 - 1553; - 3500 - 7197 - 7406 - 9315
July 11, 1865 - Dec. 30, 1871
703 BERRY Mrs. Matilda Born: Prince George Co., MD Master/Mistress: Thomas & Peggy Sungle
148 BLANTON Frederick Born: Woodford Co., KY Master/Mistress: William & Lydia Cleveland
704 BOLTON Mrs. Maria - Master/Mistress: Thomas & Kathy Newman?
97 BRIGHT Perry Born: Henry Co., KY Master: Henry Lorce
99 CALLOWAY Lewis Born: Shelly Co., KY Master/Mistress: Parauer? & Monica? Calloway
93 CRUTCHER Elijah Born: Hardin Co., KY Master: Stephen Crutcher
145 DENNIS Samuel Born: Fayette Co., KY Master/Mistress: Obed T. & Betsy Dennis
33 FIELDS Joseph Born: Bourbon Co., KY Residence: Williamsburg, near Paris, KY
34 FLETCHER Phillip Born: Jessamine Co., KY
Residence: Camp Nelson, KY
100 GANKINS Charles Born: Scott Co., KY Master: Henry Herndon
146 GREENE George Born: Basin Spings - Clarke Co., KY Master/Mistress: Walter & Letecia Preston
98 HENDERSON Benjamin Born: Hall Co., GA Master/Mistress: Robert & Frances Henderson
36 MORRIS Marion Born: Bourbon Co., KY Residence: Williamsburg, Bourbon Co., KY
35 OLDHAM Samuel Born: Madison, KY 114th Regiment
95 SIMPSON Willis Born: Nelson Co., KY Master: Griffin Willet
706 SAMUEL James Henry Born: Richmond Co., VA Master: Seth Rockwell
147 THOMPSON Thornton Born: Mercer Co., KY Mistress: Martha F. Bohon
94 VINCENT James Born: Marion Co., KY Master/Mistress: James & Sarah Vincent
96 WILSON Henry Born: Shelby Co., KY Mistress: Mrs. Bailey
New Orleans, La. - Accounts
5-1017 & 4365-8569
June 20, 1866 - June 29, 18__
Shreveport, La. Accounts 149 - 1320
Feb. 11, 1971 - June 29, 1874
Master: John Frizzell
Born: Nashville, Tn.
Parents: Jack Godfrey & Janey
Master: Graham Moore
Parents: Southern Shine
Parents: Jack Wilson &
Master: ___ Patton
Parents: Juan & Marie
Parents: Juan & Marie
St. Louis, Mo. Accounts
223 - 366
April 6 - Oct. 8, 1869
Record No. Surname Given Name Spouse Remark
285 B_______ Elizabeth? C______ Parents: C. Taylor & R. Taylor?
284 BARNETT John - Parents: John & Eliza Barnett
292 BASASIDES Olivia Robt. Basasides Parents: John & Vivian Reck
238 CORBIN Alexander - Parents: Fielding & Julia Corbin
291 DOUGLAS Chas. H. - Parents: Frank & Hannah
289 Lodge #3 Henry Turner? - See Card
290 OFFET John - Parents: Fielding & Catharine Offet
235 PALUN Randolph - Parents: Johnson & Francis Palun
293 RIPPINS Silvia Nathaniel Rippins Parents: Edward & Angela Jones
283 ROBINSON Benjamin - Parents: Jno & Annie Robinson
294 SAMUELS Julia Ann Anderson Samuels Parents: Richard & Caroline Marshall
287 SIMS Charles Emma Sims Parents: Catharine A. Murphy
288 SMITH? Chas. - Parents: J. L. & Martha A. Smith
237 TAGGERT Elizabeth Joseph Taggert Parents: Charles & Hannah Bell
236 TERRILL Latishia Richard Terrill Application date: April 23, 1869
286 YOUNG Green Silvia Parents: Sam & Judy Young
New York, N.Y. Accounts
1422 - 6943
Feb. 20, 1871 - July 6, 1874
Record No. Surname Given Name Spouse Remark
2512 BANTA Sarah Jane (Long) Abraham
Parents: Jacob J. & Maria
2555 BERRY Mellissa Celia Joseph Aaron Hill Parents: William Bower & Jane
1431 BASSETT Charles - Parents: William H. (Porter) & Mary A.
1428 BURRELL Walter Willy Maggie C. Parents: Solomon & Alinda
2513 CARTWANGA William Henry - Parents: Lewis & Julia
2552 BECHT Edward Augustus Emily
Parents: Julius & Catharine
4163 COY Mary Elizabeth - Parents: John & Arabella
2242 CUNNINGHAM Henry/Abyssinian Baptist Church Mary Ann Parents: Robert & Nancy
1430 DICKENS William Thomas - Parents: William & Bella
2515 GAWAN Henry - See record 2514
2514 GAWAN Jean -
Parents: Francis & Mary Ann
2241 HENRY Jeminia Newport Parents: John Graham & Ramona
2553 McLEOD Elizabeth - Parents: Hector & Susan
2240 MILLINGS William Horton Maria Parents: John A. & Elizabeth
2554 MULLIGAN Mary -
Parents: John & Eliza
4164 PORTER Mary - Parents: Thomas & Agnes
1429 RAUD Augusta - Parents: Charles & Sarah
2243 WARDELL Hannah Ann Geo? Parents: Pass & Jane
Nashville, Tn. - Accounts
4174 - 6189
Dec. 23, 1871 - June 23, 1874
Record No. Surname Given Name Spouse Remarks
4415 ALLEN Clinton - Aged: 12 - Parents: Aleck & Minty
4869 BARNES Lindsay - Aged: 13 - Parents: Lindsay & Jane
4413 BELL Henry Jane Parents: Jordan & Barbara Bell?
4422 BRADFORD Caroline - Aged: 15 - Parents: Henry & Martha
4423 GUDAY? Dardis - Parents: Allen & Maria
4416 PERKINS Hannah Isham Parents: Saml & Frankie
4414 PORTERFIELD Horace - Parents: Charley & Sophia
4421 ROSH Elizabeth Anthony Parents: David & Susan
4871 RUFAELL Dick - About 18 - Parents: Charles & Lucy
4870 SMITH David - Aged: 13 - Parents: Ben & Francis
4424 STRANGE Sonia Calvin Parents: Enoch & Manilla?
4872 TIMMONS Samuel - Aged: 15 - Parents: Carter & Mary
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Submit records to and inquire to: African American Griots
Suggested Records to Submit
Deed of Emancipation
Slave Schedule Transcriptions
Marriage Bonds & Certificates
Family Group Sheets
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Donate a list of local African American schools, churches or cemeteries
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BANKS, Ardis - (DC) - California
BIXTER, Will - (BC) - Alabama
BROWN, James Henry - (DC) - Ohio
BROWN, Lucy - (DC) - Washington, D.C.
CARR, Oscar - (DC) - Alabama
COKER, Bertha - (DC) - Missouri
COLLIER, Clyde Era - (DC) - Pennsylvania
CRITZ, Catharine - (BC) - Virginia
CULBERTSON, Sarah - (DC) - Alabama
FISHBACK, Willa - (DC) - Ohio
FISHBACK, William - (DC) - Ohio
FOSTER, John Ellis - (DC) - Alabama
GIVENS, Susan - (DC) - GA
HARRISON, Maggie - (DC) - Alabama
HOUSTON, Verlee - (BC) - Missouri
JAMES, Thelma - (BC) - Missouri
JOHNSON, Thomas - (DC) - (Born in Alabama)
LANE, James - (DC) - Alabama
MADISON, Charles - (DC) - Virginia
McDUFFEE, Chaney - (DC) - Georgia
MITCHELL, Mollye Louis - (DC) - California
PIERCE, Oscar - (DC) - Alabama
POOL, Sampson - (DC) - Alabama
PORTER, Elizabeth - (DC) - Virginia/Texas
RUCKER, Zachariah - (DC) - Georgia
SILAS Sr., Gilbert - (DC) - Georgia
SIMS, Louis - (DC) - Illinois
SIMS, Myrtle - (DC) - Illinois
SIMS, Nola Elizabeth - (DC) - Illinois
SIMS, Wilbur - (DC) - Illinois
SMITH, Alberta Christine - (DC) - Virginia
SMITH, Franklin - (BC) - Mississippi
STINNETT, Walter Lee - (DC) - Missouri
TAYLOR, Jane Marie - (BC) - Missouri
TAYLOR/TAILOR, Ray R - (BC) Missouri
TRAWICH, Frances - (DC) - Georgia*
TUCKER, Rutha - (DC) - Georgia
TURLEY, Biddie - (DC) - Illinois
TURLEY, Cull - (DC) - Illinois
TURLEY, Lenus - (DC) - Illinois
WALKER, Richmond - (DC) - Texas
WALKER-CONNER - (MC) - Texas
WESTERN, Wilbert P. - (DC) California
ZIEGLER, Thomas S.