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Many aunts and uncles and parents Texas Polk County 1866 My parents were born in Kansas Parents Aunts and Uncles have shared stories over the years

Right after emancipation Ruben a slave of Henry W Augustin in Polk County decided that he would not take the slave masters name so he and his family decided to take the name Bogany. The name has several spellings but it is pronounced ba' geni. Since 1970 I have been researching my family history and the names origin. I have found that more than 95% of the individuals in the U.S. with this name can be traced to my family who were moved from the plantation of William J. and Lucy WoodwardAugustin in Autauga County Alabama by their son Henry Woodward Augustin abt 1848 to Polk County Texas. They remained on his plantation until freed. Me research seems to find no likely European orgin for the name. My DNA analysis indicates that Ruben is the descendant of the Yoruba people in Nigeria though Bageni is not likely to Yoruba but perhaps bantu meaning strangers. I am really hopeful that this mystery can be solved.

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