The Indigenous Question “Real or Fiction”
My surname is Seeney, born and raised in the state of Delaware and Pennsylvania. I have watched the find your roots program with the utmost interest, as for years our family’s heritage has been mired in as many tales as there are cities in Delaware.I have been reluctant to write my story as I was under the impression that your program only dealt with folks of notirity. I am reaching that part of my life whereby the string grows shorter by the day, as I am almost 71 years of age. There have been many chronicles regarding the “peoples” of Delaware. Books, (1 of 5) penned in the 50′s by a writer from the University of Pennsylvania aptly titled “Delaware’s Forgotten Folk” tried to put things in perspective for lives of the indigenous people of Delaware, however it failed to connect many dots earlier than the late 1800s and even some of that info only serves to cloudy the situation. I grew up in the fifties and suffered under racial stigmas as I have found many whites in those days seemed to pigeon hole any one of color as being black. WSe have also been called Moors, Mulatos as well as black, names that only serve to de-legitimize one’s real ethnicity. I will make this short and sweet, and I apologize for not having any images to pass along, but other members of my family have tons of images. I was born to the Parents of Forrest Lester Seeney and Lola Mae Ridgeway, both deceased, father at age 40 and mother at age 56. There are 8 children born to my parents, 4 girls, Sarah, Nancy, Janice and karen, 4 boys also, Walter, Arthur,Richard and Anthony. Mostof what we can find on our heritage only goes back to the grandmother/grandfather eras. I, before I leave this earth would truly like to know the real story of my heritige, I hope you can help. I look forward to your response.