S06 E12: African American Genealogy: Researching the Enslaved Moses Williams, Sr of North Carolina & South Carolina

African American genealogy may not be easy but it is possible to learn about our ancestors. While challenging, our enslaved ancestors can be found in various records and resources.

Video link: https://youtu.be/c-pvJOQqVe4

When the enslaved Moses Williams, Sr. died in 1884, he was possibly one of South Carolina’s last links to the American Revolutionary War. He was the father of 45 enslaved children – 5 boys and 40 girls – by two wives. Born in 1769…he was a 115-years old when he died. With so many descendants in the Old Ninety-six region of South Carolina, Moses Williams was one of the founding fathers of this region.

In this episode, Donya Williams interviewed researchers Brian Sheffey and Loretta Bellamy about their latest discoveries for Moses Williams, Sr. The conversation covered key aspects of researching enslaved African Americans – from record sets to timelines to newspaper articles…and shared some riveting discoveries about Moses and some of his descendants in the process.


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