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Re: African American St. Clairs

It was a very common practice after the American Civil War and slave emancipation in 1863 for slaves to take the surname of their former master.  Not all did, but it's a good indicator and a common "genealogical research tool" when pursuing African-American genealogy.
Karen M
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From: JLG21447@aol.com <JLG21447@aol.com>
To: sinclair@jump.net <sinclair@jump.net>
Date: Friday, June 18, 1999 1:52 PM
Subject: Re: African American St. Clairs

According to another family story, my great-grandfather, a St. Clair, owned
approximately one hundred slaves, some of whom took the family name. The
plantation was located in Kentucky, I believe. It is not known whether or not
he had any children by any of them. He wasn't reputed to have participated in
that dispicable activity.

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