Freedom Road: An American Family Saga from Jamestown to World War

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AuthorHouse, Aug 19, 2014 - History - 430 pages
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FREEDOM ROAD is an historic account of Americas oldest recorded African American family, and their participation and rich contributions to American history over a four hundred year period. FREEDOM ROAD is a compilation of well-documented individual stories that begins in Africa in 1483, and from there, spans over fifteen generations and three continents, and definitively changes our understanding of American history, showcasing the significant role that one African American family has played from colonial American history to present day. This book is an exciting and compelling American saga that captivates readers with the story of the enslavement of John Gowen, one of the first Africans brought to America, and the first to be set free; the story of Thomas and Rebecca Cornell, forced to leave England because of their religious beliefs, and how they became known as the family of Presidents; and the story of the daring escape of Othello and Thomas Fraction from their cruel, vindictive slave master, himself the brother of a Confederacy Senator and the son of a Virginia governor. FREEDOM ROAD is enthralling, resounding, and evocative; it challenges the reader to have a better understanding of American history, and inspires them to learn about their own family history.

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I happened upon this book while researching my ancestry. My ancestor was also John Geaween/John Gowen going back 14 generations. The name ended in my family with Sarah Isabella Goins who was born in 1858 and married a Scott. I am so happy to find this and look forward to reading the rest of the book to see how my family parallels to this one. Also i would love to hear from anyone who's ancestor is John Gowen. 


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Ric Murphy is an award winning author, educator, businessman, philanthropist, political analyst and accomplished author of several historical publications. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and his family lineage dates to the earliest colonial periods of Plymouth, Massachusetts, and of Jamestown, Virginia. His family lineage has been evaluated and accepted by the Daughters of the American Revolution, the National Society of the Sons of Colonial New England, the Sons of the American Revolution, and the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War. In his writings, Murphy explores the roles and rich contributions made by African Americans in United States history. He lives and works in metropolitan Washington, D.C. He can reached at

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