Raleigh Sutton. BoxElgin, IL It has been nearly seven years since I started tracing the genealogies of Elgin's African-American community. I was working in a sports card shop when a black man asked for a particular basketball card as the card's athlete was in town to be married to a young lady, a young lady of a prominent family.
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Juanita "Sis" Smith Anderson and Mary Wheeler West, both in their 70s, gave me enough framework to start building family trees. They also filled in details that I couldn't have gotten anywhere else. With a notebook full of information I went to the local cemetery Cute Batavia guy for first black girl death dates, then to the library microfilm department for obituaries. I was rapidly collecting more names. The Bluff City Cemetery staff was able to supply exact locations of unmarked graves and a great deal of information was found on their file cards.
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Charles Harding, Sr. The Brown family was divided among the Gaskin heirs when the Brown's master died. The boys huddled in a swamp, Cutd by stories of the Yankee monsters, until they were discovered in the wagon with the remaining Gaskin fortune.
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A few came by way of the "underground railroad". At her death, she was 92 years old. Some blacks were natural born Illinois citizens like Mrs. Jessie Jenkins Briggs, the daughter of Maria Fortner.
She was born in Cairo, Illinois, on September 5, The date may be incorrect as I suspect that she was born on the "contraband train while in Cairo during Thomas, the Gorl of the 52nd Illinois Volunteer Regiment, noticed that many freed slaves were being held in deplorable conditions in a large corral. He wrote to his friend A.
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We will take care of them: From the applications made to us since the receipt of the letter, we doubt not one or two hundred of them would find places at once in this vicinity.
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Camp Montgomery, Blac. How many do you think can find a home at or near Elgin? Shall I bring a car-load of these poor creatures, who have just had the fetters taken from their limbs, to your place with any assurance that they can have food and clothing?
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We can force these men home to save their families from starvation if we will? The country had demanded a more vigorous prosecution of the war. Their wishes are granted, will they abide the result? We are told that we dare not bring these persons north. I do not believe that the north will object to have rebel cattle or horses or mules or negroes or any other elements of power they have.
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Thomas, Elgin, Oct. Your letter announcing your intention to bring a train load of refugees to this state, has been received.
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You may be assured that Illinois will shrink from no duty which patriotism imposes. She has sent one hundred and fifty thousand of her noblest sons to uphold the authority of the government.
And she will, if necessary, receive and provide for one hundred fifty thousand of these helpless captives of war. The citizens of Elgin met yesterday and Cute Batavia guy for first black girl a committee as follows: Joslyn, S.
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