His Future Was Not Yet Written

Shortly after my father died I began to search for his ancestors, my ancestors. Within a couple of years I had masses of information about Ira Sayles, my dad's mother's grandfather, including a one-line reference in The Alfred (NY) Sun obituary of one George Parker. A little later [George Parker] was brought north by Prof. … Continue reading His Future Was Not Yet Written

The “Lot” of Them: Part Two

AS the country's enumerators set out to collect data for the young nation's seventh federal census, ┬áCongress was once again battling to find a compromise that would settle the slavery agitation once and for all--AND preserve the Union. ┬áBy the fall of 1850, California had been admitted as a free state, Texas had its boundaries … Continue reading The “Lot” of Them: Part Two

The “Lot” of the Them: Part One

In my post "The Cloak of Defeat" I stated my intention to put out the details of all my family's people, including their slaves, so that somebody somewhere might be able to shout "THEY are mine!" Since slaves were known only by first names in legal documents I am providing dates, locations, and slaveholder surnames … Continue reading The “Lot” of the Them: Part One