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Re: African American Canty's born in S.C..
Posted by: Cedrick White (ID *****3219) Date: January 10, 2010 at 00:08:33
In Reply to: African American Canty's born in S.C.. by Tracey of 468

Hey Tracy My great great grandmother was Dorcas Cantey Martin married to Rev. John O Martin. They were from the Rimini and Silver area in Clarendon county, South Carolina. My grandmother told us that her father informed them they were related to the Cherokee Indians. Such was the story of her father's first cousin also, Netta Martin Watson. Netta visually looks more Native American than black very much so. John Martin's grandmother is listed as mulatto in the census and Dorcas Cantey Martin's parents Octavia and Benjamin Cantey are listed as mulatto in the census. Beginning in the 1800's all African Americans that were either half white or Native American were called mulattoes in the South. Prior to this half indian blacks were called mestees. The state of South Carolina was known for enslaving Native Americans during the 16 and 1700's. I read that Native American slaves were often given classical Latin or Greek names. With Octavia my great great great grandmother, mostly all her children had classical Latin and Greek names like Angelica, Alexandria, Rosetta, Dorcas, Agnes, and June. My grandmother said that Dorcas had a reddish brown color with really long wavy hair. I am inclined to believe were both part Cherokee Indian opposed to part white. I am thinking Benjamin could have been part white. I don't know or part Cherokee. Do you believe that these Cantey's I am speaking of in the Clarendon county area, you are related to. I heard someone on this forum speaking of a June Cantey which is a sibling of my great great grandmother being a male, but in the census June is listed as a female. Are these two different June's. Is anyone related to the set of Cantey's I am speaking of? Do you have any more information on my great great great grandparents(Octavia and Benjamin Cantey) and their parentage? These Cantey's are associated with Rimini, Silver, and the Pinewood area in Clarendon county.

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