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Posted by: Terri Mackenzie Date: June 28, 2000 at 08:09:42
In Reply to: Re: LAWYER, SCHOHARIE CO. by Victoria Montanaro of 345

The Laywer family certainly did own slaves well into the 1800's. Their wills indicate land, jewelry, money and freedom in some cases willed to their slaves. One of their slaves, Peter or Jack, fought in the Revolutionary war and was commended. Most of my info is from microfilm records @ Middleburg library through the Mormon genealogical library here in Oakland, CA. This was a common phenomenon in the agricultural counties of NY State. The Old Stone Fort bookshop has a lot of material for sale on this subject. The 1790 census lists over 17,000 slaves in New York State at the time. I find these facts very interesting in Johannes case because I am very aware of his own story of oppression, homelessness and struggle of his own people. That he then became a slaveowner boggles the modern mind, but I try to remember that the consciousness was very, very different back then. I would be interested in sharing more family history with you (back and forth if you have it)if you wish. Thanks for your reply. Terri Mackenzie


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