I have many maternal genealogical “brickwalls”. For those familiar with the difficulties of African American genealogical research, my numerous dead-ends and contradicting finds should not come as a surprise. Birth dates are often rough guesses, first and last names change, families are forcefully separated, and census records often don’t appear until 1870. Thornton Clarke, the… Read More Thornton Clarke: Father to Henrietta?
Thornton Clarke was an ex-enslaved person born around 1812 in Virginia. He lived in Rappahannock County with wife Susan. He may or may not be the father of my ancestor Henrietta Clarke but that’s a whole ‘nother can of worms that you can read about when I get around to finishing those posts. (Edit: Here’s… Read More Thornton Clarke: Grandfather to E. Franklin Frazier?