Trace: Our Connection to the Past
There is no greater truth about ourselves than the past we have uncovered.... It was time to acknowledge our loved ones who were captured, bound, and herded to other lands and stripped of their birthright. It was time for my family to open that door and embrace this part of our past. Weslynn Allen refuses to sit silently as her family legacy becomes forever hidden in family members gone and almost forgotten. Initiated by an enlightening conversation with her father, Weslynn realizes the keys to the past lies solely within her generation. She takes on the challenge, and years of research takes her far from the Low Country lifestyle, Spanish moss-covered oak trees, and vast marshlands in her hometown of Savannah to pinpoint family histories farther than her beloved South. Following the desire to discover her heritage, Weslynn's inquiries lead her from the back roads of Georgia, to the rice fields of South Carolina, and ultimately, to Africa. Within the pages of censuses and helpful interviews with family members, a bloodline is found, promising the Allen's birthright will be told. Produced as a labor of love, from slave trade to a bright future, Weslynn documents the beautiful branches of a family tree that was almost lost. Follow her blueprint in Trace.
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Abbeville African Americans Ailey Allen family ancestors Arthur Atlanta Banister Allen began birth born Bowers brother Bunce Island Catherine Cedar Springs Census Place census records Charlie Chester Christmas church cook Coosawhatchie cotton Dad’s Daufauski Dave Allen David discovered enslaved Enumeration District ex–slaves family history family members family tree family’s farm father freedmen garden Georgia Gloria grandfather grandmother Gullah Hampton Herman Hogwallow Image Indians Island Jasper County Jim Allen John knew labor land later Lee Bowers listed living located low country Mama Mama’s Mariah Mary Matilda Mattie Maude Lee Militia District Montgomery County mother names parents Pullman quilts remember rice Roll Savannah Electric Savannah River schedule Sierra Leone slave owners slave trade slavery Smith Allen smITh FAmIly Source Citation South Carolina Sullivan’s Island Tattnall County tion told took trace Vidalia Waldean wanted Weslynn wife William