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My Alabama Shaw Family on My Father’s Side From 1861-2014

Great Mother Julie’s home county was in Alabama

Posted July 20, 2016

Annie Shaw-Barnes, Ph.D.
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Hi everyone,

As you know, Conecuh County was where my great grandmother Julie was freed.

It was established by European Americans on February 13, 1818 and includes 853 square miles.

The county was both slave and free. The 1860 U. S free census recorded Conecuh County population as 10 “free colored” and 4,882 slaves. Though free, Great Grandmother Julie was probably not freed early enough to be included in this census of free colored. I was not able to find out for sure, but we know she was freed in 1861.

I enjoyed my vibrant Shaw family and found Great Grandmother Julie, especially interesting, though she is the only generation I have not met, for she reveals so much about what she learned in slavery, what we see today, and what could be beneficial to all of us.

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