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Judith Wellman <[log in to unmask]>
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A LISTSERV list for discussions pertaining to New York State history." <[log in to unmask]>
Mon, 22 Jul 2002 16:05:50 -0400
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Hello Everyone--Asa, Daniel, and Mary Anthony are part of Susan B. Anthony's
family. There are a fair number of free people of color all across NYS, and
more move in by the 1850s. One of the most intriguing sources we have for
finding potential freedom seekers is to use the 1850, 1855, and 1860
censuses to identify places of birth for African Americans. Especially if
there are discrepancies among these sources, these may indicate potential
status as freedom seekers.

For more information see the Oswego County Underground Railroad site. (It
has a long address. Easiest to check Google for Oswego County Underground
Railroad.) Best, Judy Wellman

> From: HistorianCindyA <[log in to unmask]>
> Reply-To: "A LISTSERV list for discussions pertaining to New York State
> history." <[log in to unmask]>
> Date: Sun, 21 Jul 2002 23:17:57 -0400
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> Subject: UGRR & census records
> Looking for the book "Underground Railroad: From Slavery to Freedom" by Wilber
> Siebert.  In it he lists for Monroe County Asa Anthony, Daniel Anthony,& Mary
> Anthony as operators on the Underground Railroad.  The names from his book are
> listed at http://www.ugrr.com
> I am trying to find out what race they are.  In the Alabama 1840 census under
> "Free Persons of Color" I have:
> one male under age 10
> one male 24 to 35 years
> two females under age 10
> two females 24 to 36 years
> 1850 census
> George 42 Farm Laborer
> Mary 40
> Eliza 18
> Nancy 13
> George 11
> Cornelia H. 7
> Any guesses.  I have free persons of color on my 1830 census too.  At first I
> thought they might be Indians living off the Tonawanda Reservation but the
> names don't go along with the familiar names from there, even historically.
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