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My father charles city county va, cedar forest plantation His mother, charles city co. va oral history and census records

My great great grandfather was born a mulatto slave on the cedar forest plantation in charles city county Va.. It is believed that he was owned and possibly fathered by the Binns Family. His name was William Page. He eventually became free and he bought many acres of land extending to Richmond va. He died in his 40's of malaria.

It was said -- Had he lived, he would have amassed all of the land in the county. The land encompasses part of the James River. -- That very land 550 acres (a small portion) was handed down to my grandmother (Gertie B.Crump). After her death is was handed down to her children. (Alfred Crump, my father now owns the homeplace and some of the land.

My grandmother had 13 children and the land is now divided. I have seen one picture of him, he looks like a white man. I have also found him in the U.S census. He listed himself and entire family as mulatto. At his death his worth was listed as 1000 dollars. This was in the 1800's.

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