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Detail from "One of the Youngest Shuckers at McClellansville Canning Company." McClellanville, SC. Library of Congress Print 01025v. (ca. 1937). Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print.

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o often in our African American genealogy research, we find a truly remarkable document or picture that needs to find its way back to living descendants ~ a letter written by an ancestor, a picture captioned in such a way that a descendant would recognize an ancestor there, a sound recording or video a descendant would treasure.

So we've created the Ancestors Page ~ Where the Ancestors Seek YOU! Here we will share those rare treasures of history that need to find their way home and into the care of descendants.

If you have photographs of SC, GA or FL ancestors you wish to share so descendants can find them, you can share them here! Just drop us a line using our contact form, and we will help you share! We will cherish your contributions.

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African Americans at the James Hopkinson Plantation, Edisto Island, SC, 1862

African Americans at the James Hopkinson Plantation at Edisto Island, South Carolina. (NARA 64-CN-8971)

Title: Gwine to de field, Hopkinson's Plantation, Edisto Island, S.C.

Creator(s): Moore, Henry P., 1833-1911, photographer

Date Created/Published: [1862]

Reproduction Number: LC-DIG-ppmsca-11370 (digital file from original item, front)

Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication.

Call Number: LOT 14024, no. 92 [P&P]

Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print

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Ancestors Seated in Yard of 312 Gaston Street, Savannah, GA, 1939 or 1944

312 Gaston Street Savannah, GA

Today's post on the Ancestors Page is a photo of an African American woman, perhaps an elder, seated with a young child in the front yard of 312 Gaston Street in Savannah, GA. The notation for the photo states that the picture was taken in 1939 or 1944. Please click on the image to view the photo larger.

Title: 312 Gaston Street, West, Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia

Creator(s): Johnston, Frances Benjamin, 1864-1952, photographer

Date Created/Published: [1939 or 1944]

Medium: 1 negative : safety film ; 8 x 10 in.

Reproduction Number: LC-DIG-csas-00753 (digital file from original negative)

Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication.

Call Number: LC-J7-GA- 1214 [P&P]

Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print

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Lewis Hunter or Hinter and Family, Ladies Island, Beaufort, SC, 1936

Lewis Hunter, with his wife and family on Lady's Island, Beaufort, SC 1936 Lewis Hunter and Family, Ladies Island, SC, 1936

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Photograph Collection at the Library of Congress are an extensive pictorial record of American life between 1935 and 1944.

The photographs were taken by field agents for three successive government agencies: the Resettlement Administration (1935-1937), the Farm Security Administration (1937-1942), and the Office of War Information (1942-1944). All were concerned with stability and food security among farming families in rural America [1].

The two pictures here were taken by photographer Carl Mydans in June or July of 1936. In the top photograph the family's name is listed as Hunter, in the second, it is listed as Hinter.

References Cited

[1] Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Black-and-White Negatives Collection Description, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Collection, http://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/fsa/, accessed 23 Mar 2013.

[2] Mydans, Carl, photographer 1936 "Lewis Hunter, Negro client with his family on Lady's Island off Beaufort, South Carolina," Library of Congresss Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Black-and-White Negatives Collection, Reproduction Number: LC-USF34-006790-D (b&w film nitrate neg.) LC-USZ62-131188 (b&w film copy neg. from print). http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/fsa1998020302/PP/, accessed 23 Mar 2013.

[3] Mydans, Carl, photographer 1936 "Lewis Hinter, Negro client with his family on Lady's Island off Beaufort, South Carolina," Library of Congresss Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Black-and-White Negatives Collection, Reproduction Number: LC-DIG-fsa-8b26557 (digital file from original) LC-USF34-006794-D (b&w film nitrate neg.). http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/fsa1998020304/PP/, accessed 23 Mar 2013.

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Letter Written by Freedman James Perkins, Jacksonboro, SC, 1870

This letter was written by James Perkins of Jacksonboro, Colleton County, SC.

Perkins, a veteran who served in Company K, 35th United States Colored Troops, was inquiring about bounty pay due him for his service from 1863 to 1866.

Perkins asks that correspondence to him be directed to Mr. W.H. Whilden.

He states that his commanding officer in Company K, 35th USCT was Captain James Armstrong.

Please click on image to view larger.

Source Citation

Records of the Field Offices for the State of South Carolina, Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands, 1865–1872 (NARA Micropublication M1910), Reel 22, Frame 75.
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Portraits of African American Midwives in Florida ~ 1930s and 1940s

African American midwife in Broward County, Florida 1933 State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/44714
Dean Washington at the West Florida Midwives Institute at Florida A&M College in Tallahassee, Florida, 1933 State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/44586
Group at the West Florida Midwives Institute at Florida A&M College in Tallahassee, Florida, State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/44594
Male midwife with his family ca 193- State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/144715
Maum Georgianna Pride, Miccosukee, FL State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/144711
Midwife Rosanna Ruso ca. 1933, State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/144716
Nurse McGreen with another woman (Age 84) holding a baby during the West Florida Midwives Institute at Florida A&M College in Tallahassee, Florida, 1933, State Board of Health, State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/44579
Portrait of a male midwife Uncle Ab, ca. 1933 Photo by State Board of Health, State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/44712
Midwife at the West Florida Midwives Institute at Florida A&M College in Tallahassee, Florida, 1933, State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/44715
Certified nurse midwife E.J. Kirkland, West Florida Midwives Institute at Florida A&M College in Tallahassee, Florida, 1933, Photo by State Board of Health, State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/44590
Portrait of Janie Stokes (from Suwannee County) at the West Florida Midwives Institute at Florida A&M College in Tallahassee, Florida State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/44588
Portrait of midwife Georgianna Alexander Greenville (from Jefferson County) at the West Florida Midwives Institute at Florida A&M College in Tallahassee, Florida, 1933, State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/44583
Savannah Brown - Application for license to practice midwifery - Chaires, Florida 27 Oct 1941 State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/35911
Portrait of midwife Rachel Washington in Cypress, Florida 1933, State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/44589
Unidentified midwife at the Tampa Midwife Institute, 1933 State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/44640
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The Florida Board of Health initiated a midwife licensing program in 1931 to reduce infant mortality and to promote maternal and child health [1].

The Board of Health's first formal training institute was the West Florida Midwives Institute, held at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida. The week-long institute brought together midwives from surrounding regions to learn safe and aseptic delivery practices [2].

Pictured in this photo gallery, among images of unidentified Florida midwives are:

  • Georgianna Pride, Miccosukee, FL
  • Rosanna Ruso
  • Nurse McGreen
  • Uncle Ab
  • Certified Nurse Midwife E.J. Kirkland
  • Janie Stokes (from Suwannee County)
  • Georgianna Alexander Greenville (from Jefferson County)
  • Rachel Washington
  • You may order prints from the Florida Memory Collection if you find an ancestor here!

    Further Reading

    You can read more about Florida midwives in the book In the Way of Our Grandmothers: A Cultural View of Twentieth-Century Midwifery in Florida by Debra Anne Susie.

    References Cited

    [1] Florida State Archives, Florida Memory Collection, http://www.floridamemory.com, accessed 23 Mar 2013.

    [2] Susie, Debra Anne 2009 In the Way of Our Grandmothers: A Cultural View of Twentieth-Century Midwifery in Florida University of Georgia Press, p. 42.

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    African American Employees of the American Sumatra Tobacco Company, Quincy, FL, ca. 1910

    Employees of the American Sumatra Tobacco Company Gadsden County Fl Florida Memory Collection pr03605

    This picture, taken some time after 1910, depicts African American employees of the American Sumatra Tobacco Company in Quincy, Gadsden County, Florida [1].

    Formed by a merger of twelve growers in 1910, the American Sumatra Tobacco Company owned 34,000 acres of land in Georgia and Florida. Their 41 shade tobacco farms produced one-half of all tobacco in the region in the early 1900s [2].

    References Cited

    [1] "Employees of the American Sumatra Tobacco Company,"State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/3353, accessed 23 Mar 2013.

    [2] Pando, Robert T. 2003 Shrouded in Cheesecloth: the Demise of Shade Tobacco in Florida and Georgia. Master's Thesis, Florida State University, Electronic Theses and Dissertations, http://etd.lib.fsu.edu/theses/available/etd-11142003-204324/, accessed 23 Mar 2013.
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    James Jenkins, Formerly Enslaved to Cain Family, Pinopolis, Berkeley, SC, 1867

    In this note interfiled with rations requests written to Captain F. Liedke of the Freedmen's Bureau, J. Calhoun Cain states that Freedman James Jenkins formerly belonged to his father.

    In the note, dated 11 July 1867 and written from Pinopolis, SC, Cain states that James Jenkins was elderly and somewhat feeble.

    Please click on the document image to view larger.

    Source Citation

    Records of the Field Offices for the State of South Carolina, Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands, 1865–1872 (NARA Micropublication M1910), Reel 89, Frame 334.

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    Images of Students at Claflin University, Orangeburg, SC, ca. 1900

    These pictures, taken at Claflin University in Orangeburg, SC, were reportedly displayed as part of the American Negro exhibit at the Paris Exposition of 1900.

    Wood Work Shop of Claflin University, Orangeburg, S.C., ca. 1900
    Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA Reproduction No. LOC 3b16757r

    Claflin Univ., Orangeburg, S.C. ca. 1900
    Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA Reproduction No. LC-USZ62-35749

    Claflin Univ., Orangeburg, S.C. ca. 1900
    Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA Reproduction No. LC-USZ62-35748

    Manual Training Shop at Claflin University, Orangeburg, S.C.
    Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA Reproduction No. LOC 3c07846v

    Library at Claflin University, Orangeburg, S.C., ca. 1900
    Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA Reproduction No. LC-USZ62-82987

    Harvesting Sweet Potatoes at Claflin University, Orangeburg, South Carolina
    Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA Reproduction No. LOC 3c09530v

    Carpentry and Painting Claflin University

    Carpentry and Painting Claflin University, ca. 1900
    Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA Reproduction No. LC-USZ62-72446

    Bricklaying at Claflin University, Orangeburg, S.C. LOC 3c07847v

    Bricklaying at Claflin University, Orangeburg, S.C., ca. 1900
    Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA Reproduction No. LOC 3c07847v

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    Charley McBride and Philippy Cordes, Formerly Enslaved to Stoney Family, Berkeley, SC, 1867

    This letter, dated 26 Aug 1867, was written by W.E. Stoney to Captain F.W. Liedke of the Freedmen's Bureau, to request rations for Charles McBride and Philippy Cordes, two elders living at Stoney's plantation in Berkeley, SC.

    Stoney states that Charles McBride and Philippy Cordes were both formerly enslaved by his father.

    Please click on the image to view larger.

    Source Citation

    Stoney, W.E. [to Captain F.W. Liedke, inferred from context], letter 26 Aug 1867. Records of the Field Offices for the State of South Carolina, Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands, 1865–1872 (NARA Micropublication M1910), Target 1.
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    Hector and Harriett Doctor, Berkeley, SC ~ 3 Generations Named In Letter to Freedmen's Bureau, 1867

    This remarkable letter, written in 1867 by Charles B. Lucas of Whitehall, SC to the Freedmen's Bureau, names 3 generations of the African American Doctor family.

    In the letter, Charles Lucas writes to Captain Liedke of the Freedmen's Bureau, to request rations for the family of Hector and Harriett Doctor.

    The letter states that Ansel and Murray, bearers of the letter, were the grandsons of Hector and Harriett Doctor, and the great grandsons of Sylvia.

    Please click on the image to view larger

    Reference Citation

    Lucas, Charles B. (Whitehall, South Carolina) to Capt. F.W. Liedke, letter, 8 May 1867; Records of the Field Offices for the State of South Carolina, Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands, 1865–1872 (NARA Micropublication M1910), Reel 89, Target 1, Frame 29.

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