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Re: Susannah Barnhill (Barnell) & Thomas West 1794-1872 OH/PA
Posted by: Katie Gertiel (ID *****6646) Date: September 28, 2010 at 14:26:07
In Reply to: Susannah Barnhill (Barnell) & Thomas West 1794-1872 OH/PA by Ashley Dalton of 1660

Are you SURE that in this case it means African American? I was always told we had Indian relatives, something that would also have been referred to in this manner possibly. Truthfully, I have not researched the use of this term in the old census data, but have come across this term mulatto being used for part Indian in that time period elsewhere historically, so I would think it quite reasonable. Not that I am against being of African American decent, but I find it surpising given the gossiping nature of the Wests family I know nothing about this would have been mentioned. :)

Thomas West would be my gggg grandfather. My great-grandfather lived into his 90s and nothing I have found lists him as mulatto. :)


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