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TAHJ EDITORIAL: THE EVOLUTION OF MY "TEXAS AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY JOURNAL" , PART 2

GOOD EVENING, FAMILY AND FRIENDS,

IN MY FIRST TAHJ EDITORIAL, I STATED MY INTENTION TO ADD ANOTHER TYPE OF POST TO MY JOURNAL WHICH WOULD FOCUS ON MY "ANCESTORS"...






BEGINNING WITH A FOCUS ON  "SLAVE ANCESTORS" AND/OR THEIR HISTORICAL, PERSONAL STORIES....STORIES ABOUT THEIR PERSONAL AND/OR FAMILY "EVOLUTIONS  FROM SLAVERY TO EMANCIPATION
TO FREEDMEN STATUS TO RECONSTRUCTION TO "JIM CROW" TO CIVIL RIGHTS STRUGGLES TO THEIR DEATHS....


BUT, MORE IMPORTANT, THE "LEGACY" THEY LEFT BEHIND AS THEIR FAMILIES GREW AND BEGAN TO MIGRATE  TO BEGIN THEIR JOURNEYS IN VARIOUS PLACES ALL AROUND THE WORLD...WHILE SOME DECIDED TO STAY IN THIS CENTRAL TEXAS AREA...

TEXAS WON IT'S INDEPENDENCE FROM MEXICO IN 1836....THE CITIES OF AUSTIN (NAMED AFTER STEPHEN F AUSTIN (ORIGINAL COLONIZER/EMPASARIO)  WHO AND HOUSTON (NAMED FOR SAM HOUSTON, TEXAS MILITARY COMMANDER AND FUTURE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF TEXAS) BECAME VERY IMPORTANT IN THE ESTABLISHMENT, COLONIZATION, AND/OR REVOLUTIONS OF TEXAS; WHICH LED TO IT BECOMING A STATE IN 1845!!!  

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HARKLESS C. BEDFORD, SR.
BORN 1797 - MADRAS, MADRAS, INDIA

THE FIRST "SLAVE" FAMILY...THE HARKLESS BEDFORD FAMILY...WHICH I WILL INTRODUCE TONIGHT....WERE BORN IN MADRAS, MADRAS, INDIA

....TAKEN INTO SLAVERY....SHIPPED FROM BALTIMORE, MARYLAND TO NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA IN 1842..
.
HOWEVER, BY 1870, HARKLESS BEDFORD, JR. AND HIS FAMILY WERE LIVING NEAR HOUSTON, IN VICTORIA, TEXAS!!!


HARKLESS C. BEDFORD, JR.
SON OF HARKLESS C. BEDFORD, SR.
BORN 1822 - MADRAS, MADRAS, INDIA


JENNIE L.. BEDFORD
WIFE OF HARKLESS C. BEDFORD, SR.
BORN 1797 - MADRAS, MADRAS, INDIA





EMILY QUEEN BEDFORD
WIFE OF HARKLESS C. BEDFORD, JR.
BORN 1824 - MADRAS, MADRAS, INDIA





JAMES BEDFORD
SON OF HARKLESS C. BEDFORD, SR.
BORN 1826 - MADRAS, MADRAS, INDIA


SO, THERE'S A GOOD CHANCE THAT WHEN MEMBERS OF THE HARKLESS BEDFORD FAMILY WAS SHIPPED TO NEW ORLEANS....WHICH WAS A MAJOR SLAVE PORT... THEIR BALTIMORE, MARYLAND SLAVE TRADER, HOPE HULL SLATTER....AND THEIR SLAVE OWNER/MASTER RICHARD TILGHMAN....WERE SENDING THEM TO TEXAS

BECAUSE OF THE RAGING TALK OF ANTISLAVERY MOVEMENTS AND CIVIL WAR....TALKS ABOUT WHETHER TEXAS SHOULD ENTER THE AS A "SLAVE" OR "FREE" STATE TO THE "UNION"....TEXAS BECAME A SLAVE STATE..THEREFORE, SLAVE OWNERS FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY BEGAN MOVING THEIR SLAVES; ESPECIALLY  FROM ALL THE "SOUTHERN" COLONIES...INCLUDING LOUISIANA, MISSISSIPPI, ALABAMA, GEORGIA, NORTH AND SOUTH CAROLINA, FLORIDA, ETC...THAT'S HOW AND WHY MY FAMILY TREE INCLUDES FORMER SLAVES FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY; AND/OR ALL OVER THE WORLD.....

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AND, BECAUSE THE AREA WE NOW CALL TEXAS WAS ONCE PART OF "EMPIRES" FROM GREAT BRITAIN, SPAIN, FRANCE AND MEXICO....


FLAG OF MEXICO

SIX DIFFERENT FLAGS HAVE FLOWN OVER TEXAS...THE OTHER TWO FLAGS WERE,

OF COURSE,  FOR THE "REPUBLIC OF TEXAS" AND THE UNITED STATES!  SO, OF COURSE, I EXPECTED TO FIND ANCESTORS FROM MEXICO, BECAUSE OF ITS HISTORY WITH TEXAS; AND, ITS PROXIMITY!


HOWEVER, ONE THING I HAVE LEARNED SINCE I BEGAN RESEARCHING ON ANCESTRY.COM, JUST OVER FIVE YEARS AGO, IS THAT MY FAMILY TREE BEGAN TO INCLUDE PEOPLE OF VARIOUS RACES AND CULTURES MUCH EARLIER THAN I WOULD HAVE IMAGINED!

YOU SEE, AT SIXTY-FOUR (64) YEARS OLD, WHEN I RUN INTO PEOPLE I HAVE KNOWN SINCE CHILDHOOD, AND, WE TALK ABOUT OUR FAMILY HISTORIES, I REALIZE HOW THAT I HAVE BEEN TRULY BLESSED THROUGHOUT MY LIFE TO HAVE HAD TO OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE MET MY GRANDPARENTS...SO MANY OF MY CLASSMATES AND/OR FRIENDS NEVER MET MOST OF THEIR GRANDPARENTS, FOR WHATEVER REASON.  I BEGAN TO REALIZE THAT I HAD BEEN GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK WITH THEM AND GAIN SO MUCH HISTORY AND WISDOM ABOUT THEIR LIVES GROWING UP IN THE CENTRAL TEXAS AREA; WHICH INCLUDES, AUSTIN, PFLUGERVILLE, BASTROP, ROUND ROCK, GEORGETOWN, MANOR, WEBBERVILLE, AND ELGIN; AMONG OTHERS...SO, I KNEW THAT MY FAMILY,  FOR GENERATIONS, HAVE LIVED IN THE CENTRAL TEXAS AREA, PRIOR TO RESEARCHING THE ANCESTRY.COM RECORDS!!

THE HISTORY OF TEXAS ALSO TALKS ABOUT THE ORIGINAL 300 FAMILIES WHICH SETTLED IN THIS AREA...THE "ISAAC BEST" FAMILY, ACCORDING TO MY RESEARCH, IS PART OF OUR FAMILY TREE...SO, MY ROOTS IN THIS AREA HAVE RUN VERY DEEP AND WIDE FOR A LONG, LONG, TIME; AND I AM DETERMINED TO LEARN ABOUT AND SHARE MY FAMILY TREE....I HAVE OVER 140,000 RECORDS IN MY FAMILY TREE... WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS THROUGH THIS JOURNAL...

THEREFORE, I HAVE NOW DECIDED TO INCLUDE MY "ANCESTRAL HISTORY" SOONER THAN I HAD ANTICIPATED; SO NOW, WHEN I AM NOT WORKING ON MY  FACEBOOK....LIVEJOURNAL....YOUTUBE....GOOGLE PLUS ....BLOGGER....OR TWITTER ACCOUNTS, I AM WORKING ON ANCESTRY.COM....NEWSPAPERS.COM. OR FOLD3.COM (MILITARY) TRYING TO FIND OUT EVERYTHING I CAN ABOUT MY MAIN INTEREST -  GENEALOGY - MY FAMILY HISTORY!!! I WILL BE USING "GOOGLE" TO FIND PICTURES TO SERVE AS "AVATARS" FOR MOST OF MY ANCESTORS BECAUSE OF THE DIFFICULTY OF FINDING PICTURES; HOWEVER, I HAVE BEEN PLEASANTLY SURPRISED TO FIND SOME PICTURES,  "SLAVE NARRATIVES", AND RECORDS LIKE "MILITARY DRAFT REGISTRATION CARDS" WHICH GIVE ME "VITAL STATISTICAL INFO" LIKE HEIGHT, WEIGHT, AND COLOR OF HAIR AND EYES...I WILL IDENTIFY THE AVATARS.
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I  HAD BEEN WAITING TO BEGIN TALKING ABOUT THESE ANCESTRY STORIES IN MY JOURNAL, BUT RECENTY, I DECIDED TO INTEGRATE THEM AS A NEW, UNIQUE FEATURE OF MY JOURNAL...I WOULD PRESENT THESE STORIES AS AN

"ANTHOLOGY"

Anthology | Define Anthology at Dictionary.com

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a book or other collection of selected writings by various authors, usually in the same literary form, of the same period, or on the same subject: an anthology of Elizabethan drama; an anthology of modern philosophy. 2. a collection of selected writings by one author.

Anthology | Definition of Anthology by Merriam-Webster

Define anthology: a published collection of writings (such as poems or short stories) by different authors — anthology in a sentence.

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I HAVE DECIDED TO CALL MY NEW POSTS ABOUT MY ANCESTRAL HISTORY:  "ANCESTRY ANTHOLOGY"



I CAN'T WAIT TO DO MY RESEARCH ON MY ANCESTORS FOR MY ANTHOLOGY!!!

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