Jeanette – In defense of Leonard Loren Barnhill, he lived in a very different time. I agree he did not speak well of African-Americans (a misnomer) but, neither did George Washington, nor did our country’s founding father treat his slaves well. He inherited ten slaves and 500 acres of land when he began farming Mount Vernon. Eleven years later, at the age of 22, he had a work force of about 36 slaves. With his marriage to Martha Custis in 1759, 20 of her slaves came to Mount Vernon. After their marriage, Washington purchased even more slaves. His treatment of his slaves is well documented. Leonard Loren Barnhill was not obsessed with researching celebratories within the Barnhill family. For instance, a celebratory researcher may some day discover that ALL Barnhills are directly descended from some very famous individual. - Stan
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