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  •  I've traced my husband's Y-chromosome (18+ / 0-)

    to the Tsonga peoples of Mozambique.

    My husband's g-grandfather Henry was born a slave around 1810 in Wake Co, NC.  In 1875, the widow Henry remarried, and on his marriage license he indicates his father was York and his mother was Sititia.  In the 1880 census, Henry indicates his parents were both born in North Carolina.  I estimate York was born between 1770 and 1785.

    About 1790, Henry's former owner's grandfather-in-law died, and in his estate inventory, York is listed as his property.

    Since the slave-trade out of Mozambique didn't "take off" until the early 1700s, it's safe to say that it was either York's father or his grandfather who was the original captive forced to make the terrible voyage.

    My husband is very grateful for the information I've been able to put together for him.  It's a very chilling and depressing story, but he wears his family history with pride.

    You really should look into breaking down that 1870's brick wall.  You may find the discoveries fulfilling.

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