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Franklin, Tennesse Franklin, Tennessee 1856 Tennesse Through research

In the past we knew nothing about my mother's maternal side of her family until recently through research. We've learned that my mother's maternal grandparents were from Franklin, Tennessee. This means that there are still bateman relatives up in Nashville that I have never met. They happened to migrate to Columbus, Ohio between 1900 & 1910. On a 2006 trip to Tennessee, I found documents at a Tennessee library that showed bonded marriage licenses for my relatives dated in 1871 & 1874. I was told that this was very rare for African-Americans at the time considering the license was very expensive. I also learned that in an 1856 will of a tennessee slave holder, that he set some of my relatives free upon his death & had them sent to Liberia. Upon learning this, it makes sense about what my mother used to say about her mother having sort of an accent.

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