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Re: Parthena, the mistress of Joseph Pendarvis
Posted by: Michael Hall (ID *****6578) Date: July 03, 2010 at 05:15:56
In Reply to: Re: Parthena, the mistress of Joseph Pendarvis by Jamie Mason of 638

You seem to be concerned about whites maybe having some African heritage...

Mary Ann Pendarvis (mulatto) married David Rumph (white)... their daughter was Mary Lewis Rumph (quadroon) who married James Preston Appleby Sr (white)... their son James Preston Appleby Jr (octoroon) had a son named Henry Appleby (born 1834) who is listed as Black and married Susan Sistrunk (considered Black but was likely mixed)...

So much for ALL of Joseph Pendarvis descendants being "white"... The "one-drop rule" followed some of them all the way through and they did not ALL remain as white until later as you stated...

Funny how even though, according to you, ALL of Parthena's descendants seamlessly "blended" into the white population, some of her descendants were still considered Black 4 generations later... and this is just one of Parthena's lines...

Different lines evolved in different ways (obviously). Regardless, I think it's more than safe to say that: if you descend from Parthena & Joseph Pendarvis, you have a lil bit of traceable African blood in you, regardless of how your family line married later or view themselves today...

My wife (& 4 kids) is an African American that is descended from the above mentioned Henry Appleby and his "mixed marriage" 3x great grandparents...

It's OK to have some Black in you, even if your family is white today... accept it and don't run from it... this is American legacy and it is to be accepted & admired, not denied... Many/most African Americans today accept the fact that they have some European blood, so white Americans should accept the fact that they may have some African blood when history's tables are turned for their specific family line...

It stands to reason that since some "light skinned" Blacks today have skin/features that echoes some level of undocumented "white" heritage, then some unexplainable curly-haired, olive-skinned, or wide-nosed "white" folks probably have some African roots in their family... since there are "light-skinned Blacks", then there should be "dark-skinned whites", and sometimes for the same reasons...


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