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Re: 1860 Russell county Census
Posted by: Michelle Ligon (ID *****7597) Date: May 22, 2007 at 09:03:57
In Reply to: 1860 Russell county Census by Carol Blevins of 1706

I would take the X to mean "other than white" but I'm no expert. It seemed the census takers didn't necessarily make an entry for color/race if the persons were white. Logically, if they were unclear about which race, it seems possible they might just have made a general mark like that.

I notice she is in Gibsonville. Was the area named after Gibsons? Gibson is a surname commonly occuring among Melungeons, historically of the southwestern Virginia area (as well as across the border in TN and KY). You can read about them here to see if anything looks worth investigating. Apparently, many Melungeons looked white too.

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