Tag Archives: DOWNES

The Ten Percent:Free People of Color

Last night I was listening to Black ProGen Live, a group of professional genealogists who research and document African-American families, they have round tables setting (Webinar presentations) on YouTube. Black ProGen Live stated “That in 1860, there were more than … Continue reading

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Prince Hall Masons

Prince Hall Masons of Maryland trace their history to Massachusetts and Prince Hall, who is believed to been born the year of 1735 and died on December 4, 1807. I am assuming my gggrandfather German Downes belong to the Seventh … Continue reading

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Maryland’s Eastern Shore

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FREE AFRICAN AMERICANS OF MARYLAND AND DELAWARE by Paul Heinegg stated that        ” During the colonial period in Maryland and Delaware: Over 600 free, mixed-race children were born to white women by African-American men. Fewer owned land than did their counterparts in … Continue reading

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Caroline County Maryland, Certificates of Freedom, 1827-1857

Volume 834, Page 352 To Capt.n Joseph Richardson Clerk of Caroline County Court The undersigned a free negro of Caroline County wishing to visit Philadelphia for the purpose of seeing his brother and sister   By an Act of Assembly of this … Continue reading

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15 Minutes of Fame of Wilson Downes, Flamer, Cephas

CAROLINE COUNTY MARYLAND, DOWNES 15 MINUTES OF FAME DECEMBER 16, 2013 THESPARKLE84 1 COMMENT EDIT                 Afro  American Newspaper Jan 8,1927 Community section article of Ridgely, Maryland Replanted Zion M.E church, Rev. J. H. Stevenson, pastor. On … Continue reading

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King and Queen County, Virginia

I was in high school and my first impromptu interview about my ancestors was with my paternal grandmother Mary Grace Acree Downes. We were in her sitting room and I started to ask her questions. I don’t remember how it came up, but … Continue reading

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