One of the most intriguing things for me is knowing that I have a free relative during the days of chattel slavery. Both my parents have roots in South Carolina.
My mother, born Margaret Settles was named after her mother, Margaret Settles. Ma was born in Troy, South Carolina to David Settles and Margaret Young. They were born in South Carolina in the 1920′s. Margarets parents were Daisy Statum (who may have been part Cherokee) and Jacob Young. Both were born in the 1880′s. On granfather’s side his parents were apparently Monroe Dunlap (cant confirm) and Daisy Settles. Apparently martha Settles was one of their parents (dont know how she could be Dunlap’s mother). that is where the trail gets cold.
On my father’s side, his parents were born Gussy Elliot and Robert Allen both of Orangeburg South Carolina. Both were born in around 1898. Grandfather’s parents were Lucy and an unnamed person. the trail ends there.
The intriguing part comes from my paternal grandmother’s part of the family. Irene Jenkins, my great grandmother, was Gussie Elliots mom. I met her in 1970, a year before she died at age 90. She lived 13 years longer than her daughter. Her husband was named Jacob Elliot born in 1872. jacob’s parents were Jacob and martha Elliot. Iren’s parents were named Louisa Stroman and Glen Jenkins. Glen is the person who seems to be the most intriguing in my family. My great, great grandfather was born FREE in 1853. He became a rich man, but it didnt filter down as I would have suspected. I want to find out, what was the condition of his free status during chattel slavery. These strands of dad’s maternal strand lived in Orangeburg all their lives. Why? My father’s father came from Georgia and My mother’s father’s family may have come from Georgia. Not much is known about my grandfather’s familial past.
These things haunt me.