Free African Americans of Maryland and Delaware: From the Colonial Period to 1810

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Clearfield, Jan 1, 2000 - Reference - 392 pages
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The author has assembled genealogical evidence on more than 300 Maryland and Delaware black families (naming nearly 6,000 individuals), with documentation from the federal censuses of 1790-1810 and colonial sources consulted at the Maryland Hall of Records, county archives, and other repositories. The author offers documentation proving that most of these free black families descended from mixed-race children who were the progeny of white women and African American men. While some of these families would claim Native American ancestry, Mr. Heinegg offers evidence to show that they were instead the direct descendants of mixed-race children.--From publisher description.

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