Miles Lassiter (Circa 1777-1850): An Early African-American Quaker from Lassiter Mill, Randolph County, North Carolina: My Research Journey to Home
Although antebellum African Americans were sometimes allowed to attend Quaker services, they were almost never admitted to full "meeting" membership, as was Miles Lassiter. His story illuminates the unfolding of the 19th-century color line into the 20th. It reminds us that, while traditional texts recount grand events, true history tells of everyday people who do extraordinary things quietly, not even realizing that they have left their mark. Margo Williams had only a handful of stories and a few names her mother remembered from her childhood about her family's home in Asheboro, North Carolina. Her research would soon help her to make contact with long lost relatives and a pilgrimage "home" with her mother in 1982. Little did she know she would discover a large loving family and a Quaker ancestor--a Black Quaker ancestor. This story follows her research journey through records and Carolina countryside as she uncovers her roots.
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On the Road to Randolph County
Tracing the Land
Life in PreCivil War Randolph County
The People on the Land
Family Reunions and Private Papers
You Never Know
Its Never Finished
Some Descendants of Miles Lassiter
1850 US Census acres African American Anderson Smitherman Asheboro Back Creek Back Creek Meeting Bonds brother Calvin Dunson Cemetery Church Colier Lassiter color Common Pleas County Genealogical Society Court of Common death decree Deed Book deed of trust descendants died dolph County Elizabeth Ezekiel Lassiter Family History Family History Library family members family’s Fayetteville FHLM free schedule Gates County Genealogical Journal Grandma Ellen Guilford County Harold Lassiter head of household Healy Phillips Healy’s Henry Cadbury Henry Newby Hope Township husband Ibid Jane Josiah land Lassiter family Lassiter Mill Lassiter person Lassiter was born listed living manumission marriage record married mentioned Micajah Miles and Healy Miles Lassiter mother Nancy Dunson North Car obituary olina Pleas and Quarter population schedule probate record purchase Quaker Quarter Sessions Randolph County Genealogical Rowan County Rush County Sarah Lassiter sister slaves sold Solomon Kearns Susannah tract Uwharrie River Wake County widow Wiley Williams Winston Lassiter