The ongoing search of Major Acree’s ancestors.

It has been awhile since my last post, but I am still searching for my 4th great-grandfather Major Acree’s ancestors. Since the last post, I found a 3rd cousin Acree on 23andme  DNA. He is a male from a lineage of Acree men.  We share Robert Acree as our 2nd great grandfather.  His paternal haplogroup is E1b1b1a4, which is found in Morroco and Libya. The haplogroup did not confirm the father to son lineage to William Acree (c1710-c1767) of Hanover Co., Virginia. This leads me to believe that the Acree name was the surname of  Major’s mother and not the actual surname of Major’s father. So why do I still think I am a descendant of William Acree (c1710-c1767) of Hanover Co., Virginia. Due to DNA testing, my Major Acree’s descendants are sharing DNA with several descendants of his sons John, Abraham, and William Acree 1 in the chart below.

The first five men are presumed sons of William Acree (c1710-c1767) of Hanover Co., Virginia.

John Acree Joshua Acree Abraham Acree Isaac Acree William Acree 1 William Acree 2 Jacob Acra
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Sons: Sons: Sons: Sons: Sons: Sons: Sons:
Edward* William* John* Isaac Jr. William Jr. John* John
John Jr.* Joshua Jr. James* Joshua* Shearin William Jr.* William
William* David* William Abraham John* Ephraim* Thomas*
Henly* Carter Ambrose* Peter
Leonard John* Joel
Amos

Courtesy  Charles Acree.  A Family Tree  Acree/Sachse/Hoover/Ogden/ Skipworth/Nelson/TenEyck/Williamson & Associated Families

There are two scenarios, Major’s mother might have been one of the men above daughter of European descent or his mulatto daughter. Mulatto being that her mother was of Native American/ African descent/European combination.  Major was listed as multiple race on his marriage license. Major and his family lived as Native American.

Thanks to my cousins Oscar “Bunky” Chapman Jr and his daughter Deybra Chapman, I  received a picture of my great-grandfather William Oliver Acree.

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Achilles Acree

Subject: Achilles Acree

Born:  In Virginia, United States

Question: Are there two Achilles Acree in Caroline County?

1809 Caroline County Virginia                                                                                                      Name: Archilles Acre  Gender: Male

Spouse Name: Susanna Lavorn

Spouse Gender : Female

Marriage Date: 12 Dec 1809 County: Caroline State: Virginia

                                                                         

1810 King and Queen County Virginia

1810UnitedStatesFederalCensusForAchillesAcre

 

Name: Achilles Acree
Home in 1810 (City, County, State): King and Queen, Virginia
Free White Persons – Males – 26 thru 44 : 1
Free White Persons – Females – 16 thru 25: 1
Number of Household Members Over 25: 1
Number of Household Members: 2

 

 

 

1814 Achillis Acree: of Caroline County served under Capt. Wm. H. Hutcherson of King and Queen County from about August 6 to September 18, 1814, and for which service he received 40 acres. On April 25, 1854, he made oath that he was 75 years old.

1817, List of Ambrose Jones, Caroline County                                                                                             Acre, Killes 1 tithe 1 horse free Mulatto

1818, Caroline County list of Ambrose Jones                                                                                                Acre, Killes 1 tithe 1 horse

1819, List of Ambrose Jones                                                                                                                             Acre, Achilles 1 tithe 1 horse

1820 List of Ambrose Jones                                                                                                                             Acree, Achilles 1 tithe 1 horse         Acree, Majer 1 tithe

1820 census Caroline County Virginia

1820UnitedStatesFederalCensusForMajorAcree (1)

 

Name: Achilles Acree
Home in 1820 (City, County, State): Caroline, Virginia
Enumeration Date: August 7, 1820
Free White Persons – Males – Under 10: 3
Free White Persons – Males – 26 thru 44: 1
Free White Persons – Females – Under 10: 1
Free White Persons – Females – 16 thru 25: 1
Free White Persons – Under 16: 4
Free White Persons – Over 25: 1
Total Free White Persons: 6
Total All Persons – White, Slaves, Colored, Other: 6

This Achilles Acree who is listed white, lives near Major Acree. Which also the mulatto Achilles Acree live near Major Acree. There is never two Achilles listed at the same time. It appears the Federal census taker noted that Achilles Acree was a white man. The local town clerk noted each year on the register that Achilles Acree as a free Mulatto.

1830 Federal Census Caroline County Virginia 

Name: Achilles Acre
Home in 1830 (City, County, State): Caroline, Virginia
Free White Persons – Males – 10 thru 14: 1
Free White Persons – Males – 15 thru 19: 2
Free White Persons – Males – 40 thru 49: 1
Free White Persons – Females – 10 thru 14: 1
Free White Persons – Females – 40 thru 49: 1
Slaves – Males – Under 10: 1
Slaves – Females – Under 10: 1
Slaves – Females – 24 thru 35: 1
Free White Persons – Under 20: 4
Free White Persons – 20 thru 49: 2
Total Free White Persons: 6
Total Slaves: 3
Total – All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored): 9

Notation:    Index of Marriage Register(1787-1853) Reel#33VSA                                                                        Earliest is 1809, Archilles Acre; may be free black family. Posted by John Stevens                      January 01, 2002 Re: Acree, John 1760-1780 Caroline Co. VA

So another reseacher in 2002 also made the assumption that Achilles Acree had black ancestry.

Achilles Acree remained in Caroline County Virginia, his last two decades he lived as a pauper.

 

King and Queen County, Virginia

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I was in high school and my first impromptu interview about my ancestors was with my paternal grandmother Mary Grace Acree. We were in her sitting room and I started to ask her questions. I don’t remember how it came up, but she told me that her father Oliver Acree was Cherokee Indian. Since my father nor neither one of the vast amount of paternal family members had never mention this to me, I pretty much disregard it, I even remember telling her that just because your father had straight black hair did not make him Indian. Everybody and his brother insist that they have Cherokee in them. I told her that most likely that you have a White overseer as an ancestor, Years had past and all my elders had died, when I heard the whispers again to find my ancestors. I was not listening when they were whispering when I was younger and my elders were living. No I had to tune my ears, when there was no one to ask. Two years ago I google my grandmother’s great-grandfather Ruffin Acree,  I found an old post on  Acree Family Genealogy Forum dated December 25, 1998,

Merry Christmas greetings from Canada.

I am doing Powhatan genealogy, and I am looking for ancestors/ descendants of Ruffin Acree (b. 1821) of King and Queen County, Virginia, and his wife Peggy Ann (b. 1830). They had one son, Leroy/Lee (b. 1861 – d. 1910) who had two marriages, both with women named Byrd. I see a lot of Acrees today named Cathy Lee and Deborah Lee, etc., which curiously indicates some affinity for “Lee” among the Acrees. Any information you have will be gladly received and reciprocated. Best regards.

Rarihokwats

There it was my first connection to what my grandmother had told me. So I doubted that the email address that Rarihowats had left was still valid. But I wrote him anyways. To my surprise he wrote me back. Rarihowats is the Powhatan nation’s historian/genealogist, He had enlighten me that the expression that someone has Native American in them is not correct. The expression is that I had ancestors that lived the life as Native Americans. My Acree lineage was of the Rappahannock nation, Most live in Essex, Caroline and King and Queen counties.  The next few blogs will be about my voyage with the Acrees.