I’m happy to report that I actually accomplished all of my genealogy goals last week set in my inaugural “Motivation Monday” post.
I contacted the Maryland State Archives for direction on Maryland laws passed on absconding slaves and also checked out Blackpast.org, a resource new to me that has interesting historical tidbits. I also followed up on the Stirling Papers. Good thing I did. My initial request somehow was never processed, so I’m still waiting for those papers which could have information on my third great-grandmother, Eliza Burton and her life as a slave to the Stirling family.
Transcribing my third great-grandfather’s letters was by far my favorite genealogy chore last week. In January, 1826 he wrote a letter to the President of the Senate of New Jersey introducing a few delegates from Maryland’s State Senate and requesting a meeting so that they could discuss “the measures best calculated to prevent the absconding of slaves from Maryland and to facilitate their recovery by their owners…” I still can’t find out what if anything became of that meeting like actual legislation, but I’ve got plenty of leads to follow to find out what my ancestor’s role was in this part of history. Meanwhile, I’m getting a kick out of reading his less official letters. Stuart had a way with words and was even a little bit gossipy:
“Richard, you know is a ladies man and takes great pleasure in their company,” he writes to Maryland’s Governor Thomas in an 1842 letter. In a previous letter, Governor Thomas had reported that a mutual friend was jealous of this flirty Richard. Transcribing my third great-grandfather’s letters is definitely on my Motivation Monday list for this week.
Since I’ll be out of town for a few days, I think I’ll keep my goals to just that one task. I’m sure I’ll still be surfing the net trying to find any information on any bills introduced in the Maryland State Senate in the 1840s regarding slavery.
What are you working on this week?