finding your roots

Black and White Roots

Sallie Ruth Pierdolla July 1, 2012

My story begins in the Carolina’s with Wm B Shields. Wm B Shields had a plantation in Alabama. It took in three counties, Perry County, Wilcox and Dallas. He had all his children from Black Slave women and had them emancipated. His children were only free in Perry County, Alabama. Because of the Civil War, he sold everything, went to East Texas, bought up several thousand acres around Tyler Tx. Texas joined the Confederacy. He took his children and slaves and went to Naciemnto Mexico and stayed 10 years. My great grandmother was born there along with her sibilings. Wm B’s sons, Archibald, Ben, joined the Buffalo soldiers in Bracketteville. Ben Shields is buried in Washington D C with honors. After the Civil War he came back to Texas from Mexico and settled in south Bexar County, Texas, just south of San Antonio, TX. Through DNA of my Cousin Ben Brown and myself we were able to find that out Black ancestors came from Cameron Africia. There is a possibility that Michele Obama is a part of this family. Her family was from Georgia. We know that our cousin Vivian Laberto was married to Johnny cash and there daughters are a part of this family. Vivian Laberto was from the Shields Robinsons family. I sent Rosanne a copy of our family tree book, just published last year.
I eventually found our black relatives in San Antonio, and Califronia. Mavis Brown lives in San Antonio, her former boss was Clarence Thomas the Supreme Court Justice.
Wm B Shields sons were apart of the Buffalo Soldiers and buried in Seminole Indian Cemetery in Bracketville Texas. There are several books written about them along with Chief Kibbits and the Paynes, the Paynes are a part of the Shields families. We would very much like to know who the Black Slave women were. We surmise that there was more than one slave women involved.

We have a lot of information on this family and now are researching the John Brown family,
John Brown joined the army at Fort Mc Henry, Baltimore, Maryland in 1839. Fought in the Seminole Indian war and the Mexican war. He did two five year stints in the army, was discharged in Fredericksburn, Texas in 1849, and came to San Antonio, Texas.He was a wheelwright by trade and had a wheelwright shop next to the Alamo. We believe that we have found his father John B Brown in Baltimore Maryland, buried in Friends Cemetery, Baltimore Maryland. We have his will and his childrens names and grandchildren. He lived on Harford and Hillen road. His house number on the 1850 census was #962, as he was the first tollgate keeper of the Baltimore Harford Turnpike. He was installed in September 1816. On the 1850 census he is listed as gatekeeper. He died on November 26,1853. He was born in Pennsylvania 1777-78. we want to know who his wife was. On the 1810 or 1820 census it shows a wife but no name. There is a pdf on line about this John B Brown tollgate keeper. We have been researching for the past 50 years. We have everything documented.

Sallie “Bolton” Pierdolla,

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