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Mammy Bythe NC>TN>MO>Arkansas
Mammy Bythe, NC>TN>MO>Arkansas

Submitted by Nancy Cooper in CA

My father and grandmother spoke of "mammy 'Bythe" -- her name was TABITHA on the census. She and two others (don't have records with names at hand) went with my family from North Carolina to Tennessee to Missouri and finally to Arkansas.

Mammy Bythe is buried in the Ransome Cemetery in Jonesboro, Craighead Co, AR. My father spoke devotedly of her. She stayed with the family long after the Civil War. Since Blacks were not allowed to be buried in this private cemetery, my father said she was buried quietly on the border with no stone.

In the 1850 MO census, one branch of the family had several slaves listed in Reynolds Co. The interesting thing is that in the 1860 census, my ancestor apparently told the census taker that these residents were white. She must have done this for a positive reason, as one of those women was Mammy Bythe.

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