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Re: Fussells of PA, IN, Duplin Co., NC, GA, Sumter Co., FL
Posted by: Arlean Kelley (ID *****1381) Date: October 22, 2003 at 23:43:58
In Reply to: Re: Fussells of PA, IN, Duplin Co., NC, GA, Sumter Co., FL by Claudia Newell of 549

Hi. I don't recognize the names in your post but it is almost certain that we have common relatives.

My mother, Bessie Hunter, was born in Sumpter County to Hattie Fussell (married James O'Reilly Hunter). Hattie was the daughter of Francis (sp?) Fussell and Vinellen. Here is the story that I have.

Francis Fussell married Vinellen Thompson when they were both sixteen, and had several children (if interested, I can give you names). They were originally from Pennsylvania, but moved to Savannah, Georgia, to escape the Civil War. Francis was at least twice a soldier in the war. I don't know what side he was on, but I suspect both. The family stayed briefly in Savannah, then decided to move further south. They settled in Center Hill (Sumpter County) Florida. They homesteaded, built a house first and then Francis returned to the war. He contracted pneumonia and returned to Sumpter County long enough to impregnate Vinellen before he died. She was a successful businesswoman (farmer) who died quite well off. My mother's mother, Hattie Fussell Hunter, died quite young of breast cancer, leaving my mother an orphan at 18 months. She was raised as a Fussell in her grandmother's home. In fact, several of the women in that family died with cancer. One of breast cancer at age 18.

My mother's grandmother (Vinellen) told her that when they moved south from PA, there was quite a group--family, friends, acquaintances, and a black midwife whose house was right on main street in Center Hill. She was the only black person in town. The group settled in Center Hill (I understand they pretty much started the town) and Webster.

I hope you find this helpful. If you want more information about names, etc., let me know. Since Francis is not one of the names you mentioned, not sure you want all that info. Arlean

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