finding your roots

Finding our Black and White Roots

Sallie Ruth Pierdolla September 5, 2012

We have traced our g g g grandfather to the 1600′s in South Carolina to North Carolina
to Alabama to Louisiana, to Texas, to Mexico and back to Texas. Wm B Shields was a wealthy plantation owner. All of his descendants were family of black slave women. He kept and loved his children. The Govenor of Alabama emancipated all of his children in Perry County Alabama. William left Alabama with the threat of the Civil War and went to Louisiana, then Texas. Purchased lots of land in East Texas. When Texas joined the confederacy, he left for Mexico. Stayed 10 years. My g grandmother and her sibilings were born in Mexico. Wm Shields sons were Buffalo soldiers and Ben Shields was buried in Washington D C with Honors. Our family married in the Chief Kibbits family. The Paynes are also our people. Some of the Shields are buried in the Seminole Indian Cemetery in Brackettville Texas. After the Civil War Wm Shields brought most of his family out and settledin South Bexar County Texas. Some of the descendants fought with Sam Houston
to bring Texas Independence and were given land. We have been in Texas since that time.

We have spent the last 5 years searching for our family. We have a great and very colorful
family history and we are proud to be a part of this family. There is just so much more to our story

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  • garth tuttle

    January 22, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    It is nice to see descendants of the Texas Black Seminole ; elsewhere, I posted imfo on my childrens’ Black Seminole ancestors – many Black Seminole families still in the Brackettville area are now closely related.
    I had never before seen anything on the White Shields …

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