“A to Z” Slave Owners Names!

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And why did Slavery prosper so much in America?  The Sources of Slaves must have greatly benefited as well.  Let’s go to the Sources from which these Slaves were taken from-WEST AFRICA!  But even in West Africa, Slavery was an acceptable Trade.  An acceptance that I find highly puzzling and something I believe needs greater Research to be carried out Today.  This stone must be fully turned over.  Hidden, dark secrets are surely to be unearthed.  But why has this area of Slavery barely been studied?
Slavery is not something that many West African countries talk about,” says Greene. “It’s not exactly a proud moment because everyone now realizes that slavery is not acceptable.”

When we think of slavery, most of us think of the racially based slavery that existed in the United States and ultimately sparked a civil war. Very few Americans know that slavery was common throughout the world as well as in Africa, says Sandra E. Greene, History.

         I know, I know, I know.  Suddenly. And I mean suddenly, you watched and you watched and you watched.  Yes. You saw, I saw, all of us saw the Statues of the Past being pulled down and now, you want to know how CONNECTED are you to that Past and, more importantly, are YOU a DIRECT DESCENDANT of a SLAVE OWNER?  Yes, will you and yours suddenly be hunted down like a Nazi War Criminal?  Well, will you? 

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NO!  Not that at all!  No, you and yours are NOT going to be Lynched.  No, THE PURGE is not Coming.  Get a grip on your worries.  Too much NEWS WILL FLIP YOUR BRAIN. But ignoring the Past by our Parents and grandparents and us too did get all of us to where we are now.  And now, I know, I know, I know.  You’re now concerned about DO YOU OWE!  Yes, do you OWE for the Past?  And now, you want to and you’ve been pretty afraid to ask that one question.  And that is-Did my Family Own Slaves?  And OMG!  What you gonna do if they did?  What?  Yes, what are all of us going to do?  But owing for owning Slaves?  Repayment isn’t coming.  Not going to happen.  But a real understanding and empathy for that past should be in a person’s mindfulness.  Yes. Everyone must come to a Mental Place of Complete Acceptance and Willful Understanding of each other. Drop the Skinful Thoughts.  Yes, Drop Them right now.  

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And if you came out of your shell, congratulations!  A lot of foolhardy ignorant stiff stuff may be lingering in your Closet and now, now you’ve finally pulled your head out of the sand and now, YOU’RE awoken to a New You.  Wanting to Know is the greatest 1st baby step that you can make.  That’s a good start.

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And it’s great that you’re Out of your holes and now up for these conversations.  But all of us must Listen and be open-minded.  And the worse thing a person can do now is bring their meanness to the Discussion.  I said it and I’ll say it again.  Know what you are talking about.  Freshly reading one book is a start, but what point of view did the author present to you and how bias was it?  Or not at all?  Speak from your own personal space that you have lived and keep in your Circle of actual Experiences.  Discussions are not Blow Up Sessions.  

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Okay, let’s take a peep out of your normal realms and at some Slave Owners(but be mindful, these aren’t close to all of them)-

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_slave_owners

“click” on the above and then “click” on a Letter representing your Last Name.  Okay, but STOP!  Do you even know your Family’s past genealogy?  

Now, I’ve already been present to a conversation I once overheard and I watched two coworkers become mad at each other because both were ill prepared to even talk.  One looked at the List of the Slave Owners.  And the one that found a SLAVE Owner name  went and told a person with the same Last Name and told them at Work this-I looked at your Family Junk and all y’all was Slave Owners.  Lol

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And again, I stayed out of it and the two exchanged bad words for a while.  But by the end of that conversation, they were both WRONG.  One claimed to be the Descendant of Slaves and the Other was told that he was the Descendant of a SLAVE Owner.  Well, both were not.  That’s why it’s important to look up your own Genealogy.  And how do I do that? 

Simple.  Start with a family Obituary Online.  Read it and follow your Ancestor Trail.  “Click” on those parents and keep doing that and maybe, just maybe, you will be able to follow your Family History to where and when your Family arrived in America.  But before America is where things get extremely difficult.  That’s why I highly recommend DNA Testing so you, especially for the Males reading this, can locate to your Original Origins in Europe, Africa, or wherever your DNA Trail leads.

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But I have heard some tell me that they wouldn’t ever do DNA Testing because of Conspiracy Theories put out about even doing that.  But do what you want.  We all do.  But you may be curious about your name and here are the words from an actual Once Slave-

In the 1930s, ex-slave Martin Jackson explained why he chose his last name after Emancipation:

The master’s name was usually adopted by a slave after he was set free. This was done more because it was the logical thing to do and the easiest way to be identified than it was through affection for the master. Also, the government seemed to be in a almighty hurry to have us get names. We had to register as someone, so we could be citizens. Well, I got to thinking about all us slaves that was going to take the name Fitzpatrick. I made up my mind I’d find me a different one. One of my grandfathers in Africa was called Jeaceo, and so I decided to be Jackson.

And here again is another example-

Testimony of Dick Lewis Barnett, May 17, 1911:

I am 65 years of age; my post office address is Okmulgee Okla. I am a farmer.

My full name is Dick Lewis Barnett. I am the applicant for pension on account of having served in Co. B. 77th U.S. Col Inf and Co. D. U.S. Col H Art under the name Lewis Smith which was the name I wore before the days of slavery were over. I am the identical person who served in the said companies under the name of Lewis Smith. I am the identical person who was named called and known as Dick Lewis Smith before the Civil War and during the Civil War and until I returned home after my military service . . .

I was born in Montgomery County, Ala. the child of Phillis Houston, slave of Sol Smith. When I was born my mother was known as Phillis Smith and I took the name of Smith too. I was called mostly Lewis Smith till after the war, although I was named Dick Lewis Smith—Dick was the brother of John Barnett whom I learned was my father . . .

When I got home after the war, I was wearing the name of Lewis Smith, but I found that the negroes after freedom, were taking the names of their father like the white folks. So I asked my mother and she told me my father John Barnett, a white man, and I took up the name of Barnett . . .

Yes, the two exerts were from the above page on the Internet.  But I know that many, many people are searching for answers.  Knowing who you are is a serious matter and one many are searching.  But Lord, I’ve already seen so much.  Many don’t have a Clue on the Past of just the last 100 years, let alone before that. 
 I still remember my mother forking down $10,000 to get one of IBM’s 1st Business Computers.  It was a 186.  And our 1st was a 286 and then a 286SX.  And now, my cell phone can do more than all three. 
And the ones out now are very impressive.  But dig, dig, and dig until you learn your own truths.  And if you are still angry, you need to take a month out and take a Vacation to the Country where your Roots began.  Yes, I highly recommend that you do this.  Go visit the Land of your Ancestry.  Go visit your Relatives. 
And why did Slavery prosper so much in America?  The Sources of Slaves must have greatly benefited as well.  Let’s go to the Sources from which these Slaves were taken from-WEST AFRICA!  But even in West Africa, Slavery was an acceptable Trade.  An acceptance that I find highly puzzling and something that much greater Research needs to be carried out Today-

When we think of slavery, most of us think of the racially based slavery that existed in the United States and ultimately sparked a civil war. Very few Americans know that slavery was common throughout the world as well as in Africa, says Sandra E. Greene, History.

Slavery is not something that many West African countries talk about,” says Greene. “It’s not exactly a proud moment because everyone now realizes that slavery is not acceptable.”

“Each responded in a different way,” says Greene, “but their responses were not unique to them. I wanted to look at their reasons for what they did and the long-term consequences of their decisions.”

One of the three slave owners Green studied vigorously resisted abolition. “He moved his slaves outside British territory where slavery was still legal, so he could continue to have them,” says Greene. “Some of them escaped, but the rest continued to be slaves and eventually their descendants became part of the family but at a lower status than those members of the family descended from non-slaves.”

On the other hand, another slave owner saw a better way to keep the prestige and power he enjoyed as a slave owner with many people under his rule. He chose to incorporate his slaves into his family. “He sent the best and brightest to England for schooling,” says Greene. “They became doctors and lawyers, and some staffed his business as accountants. His family became extremely prosperous. He offered them opportunities so that they decided to stay with him of their own free will. To this day, that family is very prominent, highly educated, and cohesive. They don’t distinguish between the origins of family members but instead support all members of the family equally.”

The third slave owner, also a prominent man in the community, had suffered setbacks and lost faith in the traditional African religious organization. “He converted to Christianity and took it very seriously,” says Greene. “As a result, he freed his slaves but did not incorporate them into the family. Some probably left and some stayed, but we don’t know what happened to them.”

Slavery by Kinship

The histories of these three slave owners and their slaves show the importance of origin in West Africa. “They didn’t have racial slavery,” explains Greene. “The distinction was, and is, by kinship. People there are very clear about an individual’s background, and they retain oral records of who is who within a family. In some families slave origins still matter, even today.”

“They didn’t have racial slavery,” explains Greene. “The distinction was, and is, by kinship.”

https://research.cornell.edu/news-features/curious-history-slavery-west-africa#:~:text=%E2%80%9CSlavery%20in%20the%20United%20States,the%20United%20States%20Civil%20War.%E2%80%9D

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