finding your roots

Tri-Racial America – The James White Story

Benjamin Williams April 19, 2012
Lenora White Cooper - (Daughter & Grandson)

Lenora White Cooper - (Daughter & Grandson)

My great,great, grand-father, (James White) arrived at the Port of New Orleans on slave ship Victorine on Dec. 13,1843 as part of inward manifest that consisted of twenty-two slaves. James White is listed on line 13 as being 23 yrs. old and 6ft. tall. His son (Isaac White) is the 8 yr. old black boy used in Donation Campaign photo’s taken of him to raise money for the first school in Louisiana for emancipated slaves following the Civil War. The 1870 census shows, Isaac is 16 yrs. living with mother & father, 2sis. 1bro. in Union County, Arkansas Johnson Township page 5. In 1880 on page 27 family 213. On April 02, 1884 Isaac married Mary Ann Green (marriage record for Ark. page 353). In 1900 Isaac & Mary White’s family (enumeration district # 128 sheet 3b) of which my grandmother (Lenora 5yrs.old) is apart is listed. Isaac died on Dec.28,1927 in Claiborne Parish File # 260 Registered # 14490. Isaac’s photo’s as you probably know can be viewed in Library of Congress Call # 14022,no.117.

Lastly, within this James White family the Tri-Racial American connection is made plain, Black, White and Native American. By the way the late Alex Haley signed my first significant finding back in 1980 on his visit to Grambling, what a thrill that was as it is conversing with you.

Thanks in advance for listening to just a small part of my African American History Story and anxiously await feedback from you.

Respectfully,
Benjamin Williams

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  • tinpan2005

    April 22, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    THIS IS REMARKABLE! wHAT AN AWESOME FINDING AND A JOY TO TRACE ONE’S LINEAGE SO FAR BACK. RARELY CAN AFRICAN AMERICANS TRACE AS FAR BACK AS TO A SLAVE SHIP………………..tHANK YOU FOR SHARING SUCH A MAGNIFICENT PART OF YOUR FAMILY’S HISTORY. tHIS GIVES EACH OF US HOPE THAT WE WILL ONE DAY BE ABLE TO CELEBRATE THE ONES WHO HAVE TRAVELED ACROSS THE WATERS AND CALL THEM BY NAME

  • Sharon

    April 24, 2012 at 1:30 am

    What thrilling stories you’ve found, Mr. Williams!
    Thank you for sharing them with us and best wishes for more wonderful discoveries!

  • rich goldman

    April 29, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    As a teacher in an all black high school, I am constantly discouraged from showing students artifacts from the interracial side of early America. The truth may never be accepted by mainstream Americans. I applaud your show.

  • weller johnson

    July 2, 2012 at 2:52 am

    I have alot of whites in my family, alot og them ended up in Arkansas. james, john, hardy, freeman, van, vanderbuilt

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