I'm sorry; I don't have pictures of the dark Ashworth. The wife's nephew (my mother's first cousin) told me about it. His father told the story of how the couple were finally accepted back into the family. However, when doing my own research, I noticed that some of my Johnsons and Willis's were listed as colored in the census. I can get specific dates and such if you need them. That is when they were living in Mississippi and Louisiana. There was a book written a LONG time ago about black preachers and it listed Joseph Willis. He was the first protestant preacher to set up churches in the Louisiana territory. The author mistakenly assumed Joseph was black because he was listed as colored on the census. There are court documents trying to free Joseph Willis after his father died because he was half Indian and his mother was an Indian slave, etc. Randy Willis has a website that has all of the Willis info and research. His research also talks about the fact that Willis and his followers lived among the Indians because they were more accepted there.
There are pictures of relatives throughout the years that show dark skinned relatives, etc. My own grandmother had very black hair and Indian features. I don't think that anyone uses the term Redbone in Trinity County. I think it was more of a Louisiana reference. Many descendants of those people moved to TC in Texas though.
Have you ever seen the book Trinity County Records published about 1986? It has many family stories concerning all of the surnames that we've mentioned including the Willis history and the Ashworths. My great-great-great (I think) grandmother married Levi Ashworth. They had no children. It was her third marriage.
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