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Two Slave Women Named Rachel: One Born in Africa, the Other in MS
Two Slave Women Named Rachel
By Willie L. Robinson

During the course of researching the ancestry of my wife and children, I became acquainted with two ancestors named Rachel, slave women born between 1825 and 1830. One was born in Africa and the other in Mississippi. The Rachel from Africa was a 3rd great-grandmother of my wife and theother one was a 2nd great-grandmother. Both are seen in the ancestor tree of Mildred M. Varnado Robinson.

In addition to knowing that one Rachel was born in Africa, it is also known that she had a child in Mississippi with a man named Parker, and she was married to a man named Yankaway and later to a man named Williams, both of Amite County, Mississippi. This Rachel was living in Amite County when the census was taken in 1910. Efforts to determine if her death was recorded continue. The Rachel born in Mississippi was most likely a slave of the Magee family of Pike County as she gave birth to a daughter in 1863 with Solomon Obed Magee, slave owner. Solomon Obed's ancestry is documented beyond the borders of the United States of America.

To read more about these family connections, visit Rachel of Africa and Rachel of Pike County, Mississippi.

Willie L. Robinson
Nashville, TN
December 27, 2005

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