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Cousin On Stewart plantation Richmond, Virginia Barbour county in Alabama My father's first cousin told me this story.

Hello, my name is Darryl Warren and I'm currently tracing my ancestry and I'm finding some interesting information. Firstly, I did a DNA test and was matched with a white older man named Cliff Stabler. He and I corresponded with one another for about three days until I mentioned that it was difficult tracing my ancestry when you're a descendent of slaves; that was the last time I heard from him. So I became a little curious because I had no idea Mr. Stabler was white, I sought of guessed that he probably was after he didn't return my e-mails. My suspicion was confirmed when I actually had another match with a Michael Wison, whom I befriended and told him the story about Mr. Stabler. I had Michael reach out to Mr. Stabler, and stated that they matched. Mr. Stabler relieved that he in fact was a white man who was born and raised in Harrisburg, Illinois. So in addition to my great grandmother being of Spanish decent; I possibly have Caucasian in my line as well. By the way, I believe my great grandmother was married twice; her name was Mariah Thomas Oliver and she died on Stewarts plantation in 1889.

Sincerely,

Darryl Warren

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