(More) political fun with genealogy (updated)

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  1. While I have relatives on both sides of the civil war. I find it completely uninteresting that Sharpton’s family is in any way linked to Thurman’s.
    What is past is past. We should all proceed from here.

  2. Hmmm…… clearly this is more interesting to me than y’all (smile…) Then again, genealogy is one of my interests, and I realize it’s not for everyone.

  3. Your response to the Ellen Senter comment is appropriate to say the least. A survey of the 1850 and 1860 slave census records will clearly show that some owned many slaves, yet many common farmers did not. But slavery in the south was their social way of life. And so the middle class again need to ask forgiveness for what the aristocracy has done.
    To find that a freed slave’s descendant is related to someone in Thurmond’s family tree, but not in any way directly related, is kind of news, I guess. Now then, Thurmond is from the same town as the infamous Preston Brooks. Maybe they should try to link Brooks with Thurmond. That would be a historical curiosity.

  4. rkm —
    Thanks for commenting. I had to go google Preston Brooks — what an ass. (Wikipedia link here for those who also can’t recall the incident). One assumes his uncle was incapable of defending his own honor. Odd, that.
    I’d be surprised if the Thurmond / Brooks families (or Thurmond/Butler) were not connected somehow, frankly. Socially, they appear to have been compatable, and that was the name of the game then.

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