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Cornelius Patterson

Cornelius Patterson

Miles, Rita (View posts)
Posted: 28 Jul 1999 12:00PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Patterson
I seek any information about my great grandfather who lived from 11850-1925 in Appomattox. He was a well-digger and concrete worker. He was a member of Galilee Baptist Church. I sedek information about Cornealius before he married Lucy Bocock, "Aunt Lucy", who was a slave for the Bocock family. I suspectthat Cornealius was also a slave before the War, but who was his "master"? Who were his parents? Help. This might be a pretty piece of southern history we turn up.

Re: Cornelius Patterson

Posted: 20 Jul 2012 1:29AM GMT
Classification: Query
My name is Kevin Patterson cornelious was my great great grand father
His wife Lucy was the daughter of the slave owner (bocock) you won't find that on any record. The court house in Appomattox has burned down 3 times and they only recovered white records, but word of mouth has it that cornelious was also the slave master child, I see you posted this in 1999 but if you are still looking for info I have a lot.

Re: Cornelius Patterson

Posted: 20 Jul 2012 6:12PM GMT
Classification: Query
My family was also from Appomattox Co. and all our records were also lost when the courthouse burned. I did not know they recovered all the "white people's" records. Please let me know where they are. Thank you.


Re: Cornelius Patterson

Posted: 20 Jul 2012 8:07PM GMT
Classification: Query
I don't think you can find any complete records, however with slave records there was no attempt to recover any. In that time when a slave master fathered a black child none of the were claimed by the master so don't be surprised if you find out that you have a lot of black cousins in va.

Re: Cornelius Patterson

Posted: 21 Jul 2012 1:53AM GMT
Classification: Query
Have you tried the VA Historical Society, and the VA State Library? They actually do have plenty of family records that pertain to slaves. My family did not have any slaves, but since they have been in VA since the 1600's, it would not surprise me too much to have black cousins. Wouldn't bother me at all. I am already a mix of Scotch-Irish, English, French, and a little German. Husband is Spanish, Puerto Rican, German, English, Danish, French and Austrian. We consider ourselves American.

Re: Cornelius Patterson

Posted: 21 Jul 2012 5:07AM GMT
Classification: Query
I have found records however they are not complete in the south if a child born out of wedlock was not spoken of. During slavery slave women were basically raped by their masters, some of the children from that union were well treated and even continued to work on the plantation after the war, however they still were never treated as equal treatment as their brothers and sisters. In my family both sides every great grandparent I have and further back came from slave and slave master,I have no problem finding English,Dutch,and scottish ancestors, but the black ancestors only slave mother and child none of the fathers. There is a book you can order its called Appomattox heritage that will help you find a lot of the records you may need.
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