The life story of Adam Frost, formerly enslaved by Governor John Drayton, continues to unfold and is a wonderful example of the genealogy research community working together to solve a research problem.
We first discovered Adam Frost and his story by searching for the terms "Drayton" and "slave" in GenealogyBank's Historic Newspaper collection. Among the search results was a mortuary notice from the May 5, 1907 issue of the Charlotte, NC Observer. It carried the intriguing headline: "Dead at 127: Adam Frost, Colored, Perhaps the Oldest Man in the United States, Dies in Spartanburg County. Had Interesting History." ... READ MORE