finding your roots

where my “black” turned to white


The more I searched for my Father’s side of the family, the “Spears’”, the closer I felt I was coming to finding my “Great great-grandfather’s “Dad! I was so excited when I saw the name “Sami Spears and his wife Sara “! Tears came in my eye’s as I looked at the 1797 date for “Grandma Sarah ” and 1800 birthdate for my”Grandad” Sami! Then , I read a little further and saw the title “Slave owner” ! Excitement turned into dissapointment and and my mind became so”visual” as I pictured my family as “Sami”s slaves” instead of my mind embracing “Sami” anymore. Not sure where I thought the name “SPEARS” came from? Back on my mission now that I’m over the initial setback! (Don’t know where I figured I got this strange narrow nose on my dark skin…

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  • garth tuttle

    June 30, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Two possibilities : you have White ancestors or you have eihter Black or ‘Indian’ slave owning ancestors
    Beware though, that on line searches through, et c. do sometimes mislead – they are programmed to make suggestions, and yelling Eureka ! too soon is very posible .
    Best of Luck ; keep on searching .

  • Judy Cassidy

    July 8, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Your family may have been slaves of Spears, however, this is your family history you are looking for, the real story and not just wishful thinking. It is what your family did with their lives that is important and what occurred during slave times is their history, you can’t rewrite it, you must embrace it.

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