My Family from Halfbreed Tract
I often was told about my ancestors. The stories I was told were very different than most Blacks. With Ancestry . com I have been able to confirm the stories are true. I have been able to track my roots back to 1796. I also had a Great Great Grandfather that fought in the Civil war . His name was Ira Smith, he and his brother Dan Smith both fought in the Civil War. They were “Freemen” and my Grandfather Ira was a Methodist Minister. “Halfbreed Tract” was established in the 1700″s for the people of mixed heritage. We were considered savages They were in Iowa, Wisconsin and Nebraska. I was taught that I was 1 /3 African, 1/3 Native American and 1/3 White which equals Black. I did not hear the slavery stories I heard stories of equality and Education. Please do a story on “Halfbreed Tracts” people do no know about this and it needs to be told. What about the Slaves that got away before slavery was over. ? We were fighters.