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Re: Pleasant Caplinger of 1800s
Posted by: Darrell Rowlett (ID *****5515) Date: December 13, 2006 at 12:16:13
In Reply to: Pleasant Caplinger of 1800s by Darrell Rowlett of 561

If you look in the Minutes to County Court of Henry County (TN) 1836-1849, Part One, K. H. Caplinger agreed in 1847 that John, Lucinda, and Samuel Caplinger be “bound” out to Thomas K. Porter, the court clerk. These were his brother Samuel’s children. (In the index, the surname is also spelled as Copelenger, Kaplinger, etc.) I believe another sibling, Sarah, was being raised in Buchanan by a maternal Uncle named Walker as I found her in the census in the household. Sarah is one of my ancestors and married Ed Ralls. Under normal circumstances, these children would have been sent to school rather than indentured. This may have been done because the children were mixed race Indians. My “Granny Ralls,” daughter of Sarah & Ed claimed until she died in the 1940s to be an Indian. There is ample evidence that the early Ralls brothers married Indians, but I suspect the Caplinger family, maybe even the Walker family, was also of mixed race. Certainly, one doesn’t become an Indian by Immaculate Conception. A great many mixed race families decided they were Scots & Irishmen after the Indian Removal Act passed in the 1830s. Any thoughts?

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