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Re: Questions about Persinger Family journal Vol 2 1800-1912
Posted by: Mary Bowen (ID *****1527) Date: January 09, 2011 at 13:37:34
In Reply to: Questions about Persinger Family journal Vol 2 1800-1912 by David Humphries of 283

I posted answers to 1-4 under your question of the Persinger forum.
5. All the children of Sarah Persinger except for her son Gabriel passed as White. Gabriel's daughter Anna(ie)was taken from him and passed as white. I suspect that his son Mark may have left the area and may have passed as white but I have no evidence of that. Apparently Sarah's second husband Edward Hood was passing.Peter's grandson David passed as white. According to the journal Ruth Persinger Humphries also passed as white. The problem with the question about the number passing is that under the one drop law at the time which stated that if a person had one drop of nonwhite blood they were in fact not white, all the descendants of these people were technically passing.
6. As with all thing reactions have varied. Many had suspected it but others deny it strongly. It seems that accepting that a person has Indian blood is easier than accepting the presence of African blood. What people have to remember is that genealogy does not change who you are but instead lets you know where you came from and to put all the pieces in place. What a person does with that knowledge is their own business. Most people do not come from royalty and when doing genealogy you can uncover secrets that may take time to accept but when a person realizes that we are not our ancestors it should be easier. Good or bad, black or white, I want to know all I can about the people that I came from.

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