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Slave Narrative of Hannah McFarland

Person Interviewed: Hannah McFarland Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Place of Birth: Georgetown, South Carolina Date of Birth: February 29, 1853 Age: 85 I was born in Georgetown, South Carolina, February 29, 1853. My father was name James Gainey and my mother was name Katie Gainey. There was three chillun born to my folks doing slavery. My father was a free man, but my mother was do slave of the Sampsons, some Jews. My father was do richest Negro in South Carolina doing this time. He bought all three of we chillun for $1,000 apiece, but dem Jews jest wouldn’t sell mamma. Dey was mighty sweet to her. She come home ever night and stayed with us. Doing the day a Virginian nigger woman stayed with us and she sho’ was mean to we chillun. She used to beat us sumpin’ terrible. You know Virginia people is mean to culled people. My father bought her from some white folks too. We lived in town and in a good house. It was a good deal of confusion doing do war. I waited on the Yankees. Dey captured mamma’s white people’s house. Dey tried to git mamma to tell den jest what de white folks done done to her and all she could say was dey was good to her. Shucks. dey wouldn’t sell her. She jest told them she had a free husband. My father was a blockader. He run rafts from one place to another and sho’ made a lot of money. He was drowned while doing this while I was a good size child. Den patrollers tied you to...

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