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Drayton, Grimke, McKinlay, Bonneau, Weston, O'Hear
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USA, West Indies, West Africa, UK
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The Grimke-Drayton notes

Posted on April 8, 2011 at 1:07am 0 Comments

I' have a blog entitled: The Grimke-Drayton notes. All you have to do is type the name in the search engine, and you will be linked with the blog. It's a mixture of poetry and introduction to my genealogical research. Check out my website - - for information on my family's roots in South Carolina. I'm hoping to post on the blog articles with information on the families on which I've been researching.

I'm going to be in the…


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At 4:14am on August 30, 2010, David L. Owings said…
Yes, Mary Owings and Richard Owings are mulatto children of Madame Sophie E. McAlpin and slave trader Richard M. Owings. Daniel McAlpin is Amartintha "Minty" Draytons son - trying to establish if Sophie and Daniel are brother and sister. And why the use of the term madame. Sophie as so light she was able to pass through a whites only Charleston funeral home. Her son Richard came to Toxteth Park, Liverpool - a good many family still live in the area. Richard and his son Daniel Owings may well be the only mulattos to serve with white British soldiers during WWI.
At 4:08am on August 30, 2010, David L. Owings said…
Would you like me to see if I can get them?

Bill, I found this material, let me know if I can try and get it for you.

Southern Women and Their Families in the 19th Century:
Papers and Diaries
Series F,
Holdings of the Center for American History,
University of Texas at Austin

Reel 13
Sarah Grimké Papers, 1825–1874,
South Carolina
Description of the Collection
Sarah Grimké was born in Charleston, South Carolina, the daughter of a wealthy, slaveowning family. In 1821, she left her family’s home and moved to Philadelphia. Sarah soon became involved in both the abolitionist and women’s rights movements. Both of these parts of her life are reflected in this collection. N.B. Other collections of Sarah Grimké papers are held by the Manuscript Division of the
Library of Congress and by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Introductory Materials
0001 Introductory Materials. 3 frames.
At 12:16pm on August 7, 2010, David L. Owings said…
Thanks Bill!
At 8:40pm on July 27, 2010, Carol Johnson said…
Greetings Bill,
Thanks for the invitation to join the group. Although I'm interested in learning as much as I can, however, am afraid I can't promise anything at the moment since I'm pretty well tied up with my partner's prostate cancer & my 86 yr old Mother's ongoing health problems. Still, please keep me posted?
At 4:13pm on July 25, 2010, Gary N. Lott said…
I like this. hopefully I will learn more. I will be moving to Seattle soon found out I have cancer going there for better treatment
At 11:22am on May 13, 2010, Clyde Vanderhorst said…
Hello Bill, I would lke to get on the call at 5pm, but unfortunately I will be at work. My work schedule is 2:30pm to 11:00pm Monday - Friday. Maybe I can get on at some other suitable time for all. I am looking forward to it.
At 10:15am on May 13, 2010, George Geder said…
Hi Bill,

Exploring my SC roots in Edgefield, Barnwell and Aiken counties; particularly Hancocks, Eubankses and Brayboys.

Thanks for joining African Ancestored Genealogy!
At 6:05pm on May 12, 2010, Clyde Vanderhorst said…
Hello Bill, yes the name Vanderhorst is Dutch. I believe some of my ancestors were enslaved by Vanderhorst slave owners in Charleston. The Vanderhorst slave owners had plantations in Christ Church Parish which is now Mt. Pleasant. They largest plantation was probably on Kiawah Island SC. I have found many of my ancestors in various records. My goal is to find the common link that would connect all Vanderhorst and Vandross with connections to the Sea Islands.
At 11:15am on May 10, 2010, Clyde Vanderhorst said…
Hello Bill, I have ties to Charleston, Berkeley, and Georgetown SC. Are you familiar with the surname Vanderhorst ? I have found some records and information from and other sources.
At 6:20pm on April 6, 2010, Sharon G. Holmes said…
I married into the Holmes family. My family is Murphy, Benson, Hannah, Johnson out of Leon County Texas


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