Tracing African-American Ancestors Through Slave Narratives

Before the Civil War, African-American Slaves aided by the Underground Railroad took on new names, an “alias”. Archer Barlow became Emmet Robbins and Rose Anna Tonnell became Maria Hyde. Children born of the parents with new names had the new names on their birth record. No doubt, those who escaped bondage wanted to put the past behind and not be found by former slave owners. Except for a variety of records being scanned onto the Internet, it’s extremely difficult to trace African-American ancestors and the name change creates more obstacles. But keep reading everything you can find. I found the examples of aliases listed in, “The Underground Railroad A Record Of Facts, Authentic Narratives, Letters…” by William Still, a free ebook I found on Kindle. The book is filled with stories and names. I highly recommend it.  Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret GenealogyA How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry and the Civil War Era Historic Romance, Black Pansy. Available here:

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Runaway Slaves Reaching Safety in Canada… A Secret Symbol for Loved Ones

It was an amazing ordeal to escape a Southern plantation and make it to a free state or into Canada. Once in Canada the Slaves who reached freedom would send letters to their loved ones in the states via the administrators of the UGRR. A common practice was to enclose in the letter, something very small, like a thread. This thread was a “token” sign between loved ones that they had genuinely reached safety in Canada.  Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret GenealogyA How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry and the Civil War Era Historic Romance, Black Pansy. Available here:

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Making the Best of a Bad Situation: Fashionable Slaves

I just saw “12 Years a Slave.” If you noticed, Brad Pitt played the part of a good guy. In that movie, there were very few good guys. Now we have an African American family in the White House. We’ve come a long way.

When reading about the Underground Railroad, I ran across some interesting bits of history. On occasion, Slave owners would “allow” their Slaves to work for someone else for 100 dollars or more a year. Sometimes these hard-working men and women were able to keep the money they made. When these hard-working people were seen walking through the cities of the south, in elegant clothes, strangers assumed, incorrectly, that the clothes were purchased by “indulgent masters.” Slaves who made a successful escape to the North and gained freedom, wrote letters to the UGRR committee asking if the committee could help them retrieve their clothes they’d left with friends or loved ones. Suellen Ocean is the author of the Civil War Era Historic Romance, Black Pansy.

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What’s a Cracker?

It’s only been a few years that I’ve been hearing the word Cracker. Not knowing what it meant, but knowing it was a derogatory title for a white person, all I could think of was that it meant white, like a cracker. I finally looked it up in my old dictionary. I found, “cracker bonbon: the snapping part at the end of a whiplash; a snapper.”

And: “One of the lower class of the white population of the southern United States, esp. the white population of the southern United States, esp. of Georgia and Florida, inhabiting the backwoods; a nickname.”

The definition of a whiplash is “the lash of a whip.” Further research tells of Southern ranchers who herded Longhorn cattle and used bullwhips. The cracking sound could be heard for long distances, hence the nickname, “Crackers.” Suellen Ocean is the author of the Civil War Era Historic Romance, Black Pansy.

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What’s a Honkie? A Redneck?

Where in the world did the word Honkie come from? Some say it stems from an African word for the pink colored skin of a Caucasian. Honkie was also used as a synonym for redneck, another popular term, especially during the 60’s and 70’s. I was told that the term redneck arose from the sunburns upon the back of the necks of farmers. Yes, sunburns are pink. Another explanation for Honkie, came about in America during the 1900’s. It described the act of a Caucasian young man, who when dating an African American young lady, would drive up to the house and instead of using manners and going to the door, would sit in his car and honk.

Suellen Ocean is the author of the Civil War Era Historic Romance, Black Pansy.

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