I guess what I was trying to say in terms of research methods, proofs, etc. was that, for example:
I was ALWAYS told that my FARLEY g-g-g-grandfather was Indian/Native American, and that my g-g-g-grandmother Eliza Jarrett's mother was born in AFRICA, however, that does not necessarily make it TRUE.
Once research was started on these lines, we were not surprised to see it indicated in the census and other records that my FARLEY ancestor was in indeed listed as Indian/Native American; or the country of birth of Eliza's mother as AFRICA.
We did not set out looking for Africans, Melungeons, East Indians, French, etc., we simply went, (to quote Dr. Gates) "In Search Of Our Ancestors/Roots".
The person who posted the things I have mentioned, tried to cast doubt about Eliza's mother's birth origins by stating that census takers "lied, changed their records, assumed things" i.e. Walter Plecker (?) went down to Harris County, GA, I guess?.
This could be plausible except, my grandparents, g-grandparents (who by the way I knew before they died) were not able to read, and had not ever accessed a census record to know whether or not they would be listed as "Indian/Native American", or know that someone (a census taker) would lie and say Eliza's mother was born in Africa. It's no way that could have happened unless it were true. It supported what we had already been told; and believed to be true.
If what this person is asserting and attempting to cast doubt on is true, then the census taker could have made the birth origins of the parents of other mulattos, blacks who lived in the same neighborhood of my ancestors, Africa. However, they did not do that.
It is not a sheer coincedence or someone (census taker) pulling the "Walter Plecker" in this case.
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