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Sharing The Dark Secrets of Our Ancestors

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Today, I’m sharing the dark secrets of my ancestors… literally. In 1857, one of my relatives died and he didn’t leave a will but his possessions went into probate. Those possessions included twelve people, many of them children. These twelve people need to be remembered. None of them have last names but they may have taken the surname of the people who held them in servitude; Wroten, Williams or Marsh. There are both black and white Wrotens. I’d love to connect the two family lines but I can’t do it by myself. Speak up if you know these people!

Slaves from the probate of Thomas Wroten, Amite County, Mississippi (McComb) 1857:
Jonathan born about 1834 – Slave of Thomas Wroten and then Washington Wroten
Sam born about 1827 – Slave of Thomas Wroten and then Delila Wroten
Bob born about 1841 – Slave of Thomas Wroten and then T Elbert Wroten
Margaret born about 1833 – Slave of Thomas Wroten and then John A Wroten
Milly born about 1821 – Slave of Thomas Wroten and then Elizabeth Williams
Pol born about 1857 – Slave of Thomas Wroten and then Elizabeth Williams
Silvey born about 1844 – Slave of Thomas Wroten and then E Westley Wroten
Renee born about 1846 – Slave of Thomas Wroten and then Levi Wroten
Harriet born about 1848 – Slave of Thomas Wroten and then Leaven Wroten
Eliza born about 1850- Slave of Thomas Wroten and then J Lafayett Wroten
Andy born about 1855 – Slave of Thomas Wroten and then J Lafayett Wroten
Jack born about 1853 – Slave of Thomas Wroten and then Thomas L Marsh

Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret GenealogyA How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry. Available hereSecret Genealogy:  http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-Volume-Suellen-Ocean/dp/0965114082

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Time To Hear More Genealogy From African Americans

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I would love to hear more from African Americans about their genealogy pursuits. Whether it’s research they’ve done at a university, the local library, the Internet or following through with promises they made to their grandmother to look into their oral history that’s been passed down for generations. I can see that people are coming to my blogs to read about rh negative blood factor. My recent experience shows me that many of us with rh negative blood factor are searching for answers. Please feel free to chime in as a few others have done. One thing we all have in common is we are the sort of people who are curious. Some folks don’t care about genealogy, where they came from and who they descend from. Others are fascinated, truly “turned on” by genealogy. I’m one of those. And the more diversity I find in my long line of ancestors, the more passionate I become. They were peasants, farmers, royalty, warriors, weavers and mystics. And though they were neolithic and primitive and later maybe sophisticated medievals, the people who came before us have a story to tell. No doubt about it, they existed, just as sure as we’re standing here. What’s your story? What have you heard about those who came before you?

Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret GenealogyA How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry, Secret Genealogy IIUncovering the Jewish Roots of Our Christian Ancestors and Secret Genealogy III From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians. Available here:

Secret Genealogy: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-Volume-Suellen-Ocean/dp/0965114082

Secret Genealogy II: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-II-Christian-Ancestors/dp/1484053222

Secret Genealogy III: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-III-Jewish-Anglo-Saxon-Acadians/dp/148407579X

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