Two Paternals,Poppa Who?
Have you ever heard the saying: “Momma’s Baby, Poppa’s maybe”? that’s me. Ten minutes into my arrival out came my twin brother. All my life, I would feel like I had “Two left feet,” Walking awkardly. By the age of nineteen I became a single mom, with my mother’s distain lingering in the air, my father said to her: “leave that girl alone, you put Two Children Off on me, and they are not my kids,” What!! low and behold, things began falling into place although it would take me another seven years to meet my biological father, once I did meet him he told me as much as he could about his ancestors and my heritage, noting that my Great Grandmother was named Frances Dupont who’s people had been Slaves on the Dupont family plantation. I began tracing my ancestors in 2005 using the Internet, public libraries finding information thru the use of US Census and Free Blacks in South Carolina and the Slave Schedules. Local government records like Draft Cards and Death Certificates can give vital information too. So far, I have found ancestors dating back to 1784 on my biological father’s side and 1840 for my maternal ancestors. Its rather sad that Slave Schedules are somewhat awkward those Records were kept in terms of human livestock names are excluded, only ages, sex being recorded. When the Information began coming to light it felt like my ancestors had come to life, happy that I had came forward to find them.