Descendant from a Slave Owner’s Daughter
I always wondered about my past, as my beloved great Aunt Lily once said ” Some things are better left unsaid” Even though there was caution in her words I wanted to delve into our history. I asked other family members but they knew little history about our past. Our past was kept in secret and meant to die off with the last remaining few who knew…. I remember Mr. Dalton the archivist at my university telling me that I am mulatto, I said that cannot be true because both my parents are African American as their parents etc. I was able to consult one of Professors Dr. Gardiner, who loved genealogy and asked for his assistance. I wanted to know what my background was and why there was such a tone of hush when we asked questions about our ancestors in my family. Dr. Gardiner, and I delved into my family history and found out some of the truth of why my ancestry was hushed. I found out from the research that I descend from a slave owner’s daughter from my mother’s side. I was so shocked by the information. My great great Grandfather’s mother was the daughter of a slave owner, the slave she was involved with was never mentioned, it was hushed and her children were in the census as white until the start of the 1900 census. I just think about how they were able to be together especially when it was illegal during that time period, I also wonder what happened to the man that Martha Dunham, had children by, she was listed as unwed in the census with her two children. While I research on, I take pride in opening up my history. There is so much more to learn but now I understand why there is hush tones about my history. I want to delve in more and learn how to heal my family from the quietness and help them embrace our history. There are many dynamics I am still finding and with each page it gets even more interesting and shocking.