The last of the real McCoy’s
Iam the son of fugitive slaves that ran north from south carolina 1720s-1860s crossing the Ohio river and then the Detroit river into Canada Essex & Kent County’s Ontario Canada .
They intermarried with the Tecumseh & Shawnee as these First Nations people where along the Ohio river Valley underground railroad trek , we took a swamp irrigated it and became Produce Farmers hunters and trappers then later tax out of “The Pleasent Valley” Colchester where I was bless in a church that was establish by Fugitive & Free Slaves and free masons a stone throw from the foundation where Elijah McCoy was born .
It was said that these countys thrive with African Native North Americans which we call ourself’s , today there is less than 5000 of us left in two Counties , most of the male’s had too marry outside of our culture , Can’t marry your cousin .
We have been there though all the border war’s , however never mention in the history books .
I was rear’d by my GrandParents born 1881-87 so you can imageion the bed time stories I got as a child , John Ware , Elijah McCoy , Bill Picket and Bass Revees and many others some that you may not want to hear the true story about made-up Hero’s by the NAACP .
And yes Coach Tony Dungy is Family , he comes from a long line of hunters & Trappers which still to this day owe’s my dad two very good hunting dogs .
Tony’s annt was my teacher at a segregated school in Colchester 1962-66 and Fergie Jekins dad and mine amoung others played Canadian Black Baseball against USA Black baseball players , the stories I heard around that old potbelly stove I’d love to share with you someday ? .
Later in my life as a young man working as a Cowboy in Alberta I encounter’d the lonesome dove Cattle drive story of John Ware Bill Picket , Bass Revees , I interview John Ware’s Dauther in Valcan Alberta , She told me things that are not in the books writen about her father ? .
As I mention there is about 5000 of us left at last count at the Buxton Family reunion , I guess Natural Extinction play’s a role here , we know what First nations we are but I long to know what kind of African we maybe partly of , be it from the Auction Block or (Direct Shippments) to south Carolina .
There is much much more I have to tell , as a child them old folks made me resite back too them all that they told me , i’m getting old and the stories are burning in my head , i need your help to get them out .
God’s Love and Peace
James R Baylis