Margie, it's me your cousin Carol in Fort Wayne. I have been doing a lot of research on grand daddy Raspberry. The only reason why we have the name Esselman as our surname is because it is what he told them it was when he thought the time was right. Remember he was born during slavery times. We know those must have been tumultuous times, and both the whites and the blacks were scared. The whites because they would lose their property they had bought, and no one to do the heavy work they didn't want to do, and the blacks for fear of their very lives!! Esselman is a german name, but of course somewhere along the long grand daddy Raspberry must have been begat by a german some kind of way. Maybe it was one of those situations that were not allowed like a mixed couple being married or something, but he was and Esselman which changed to Raspberry. I found a lady who was 30 in the Census named Ellin Raspberry in 1870 that I can't find hide nor hair of before or after that. In the state of Virginia, there were NO Rasberrys or Raspberrys. She was the only one I found so I am figuring she was alone and maybe changed her name to Raspberry like the berry. She had two children with her, one was 8 and the other was 5, but by her being 30 I thought she might have had another which was the one taken from her during slavery. Great grand dad would have been 12 at that time. Just to make sure this is correct, our ggrandfather was described as a man of about 5 foot 6 with dark skin like a cuban and jet black hair which was straight. Questions? please respond. I am doing family research.