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It started with someone on my Facebook posting this, which led me to here (awesome site, btw), which made me look on this page.

Why? Because my mother's sister insists that she and my mom went to high school in Maryland, which is very odd, seeing as their parents worked at the premier black high school in Louisiana. The only way this made any kind of sense is if they had some sort of family connection there in Maryland.

So what do I find?

CUNNINGHAM FAMILY

1. Mary Cunningham, born say 1730, was living at John Kinsman's on 13 November 1750 when the Charles County, Maryland Court presented her for bearing a "Mullatto Child" by information of Constable Alexander MacPherson [Court Record 1750, 140]. She may have been the ancestor of

i. John, head of a Washington County, Maryland household of 3 "other free" in 1800 [MD:570].

ii. Benjamin1, head of a Hampshire County, Virginia household of 10 "other free" in 1810 [VA:818].

iii. Philip1, head of a King George County, Virginia household of 8 "other free" in 1810 [VA:193].

iv. Benjamin2, head of a King George County, Virginia household of 5 "other free" in 1810 [VA:193].

v. Cyrus, born about 1777 when he was bound as an apprentice, registered in King George County, Virginia, on 28 May 1799: of a dark yellow Colour aged about twenty two years and about five feet ten inches high is now a free man, has served William Hooe, Gent., of this County twenty one years [Register of Free Persons, no.10].

vi. Philip2, Jr., head of a King George County household of 2 "other free" in 1810 [VA:195].

vii. Nancy, head of a Goochland County household of 5 "other free" in 1810 [VA:688].

viii. Jas.(?), head of a King George County household of 1 "other free" in 1810 [VA:195].

ix. Charity, head of a Northampton County, North Carolina household of 2 "other free" in 1790 [NC:76].

I suppose if I can't find out who Kate is from one end, I'll try looking at her from the other. In any case, this is pretty cool

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The other development came when I ventured over here to post about the above, I found out that I had a PM ... and guess what I found!

(bless you, ms_geekette!)

I can't get the photo to load, but it shows a girl named Fanny in his estate, along with naming his wife Nancy, his sons John and James, and his friend Elisha Bennett, who was to execute the estate.

So now I know I'm on the right track! This document proves that Thomas and Nancy Thompson of Logan County, KY owned Fanny, so it confirms that I have the correct Thomas Thompson.

Hurray!

Now to find out who Fanny's parents were. There were several adults listed on the list, and I suppose one of them could have been her parents. We shall see ...