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Slave Narrative of Jesse Rice

Interviewer: Caldwell Sims Person Interviewed: Jesse Rice Date of Interview: January 8, 1938 Location: Gaffney, South Carolina Stories From Ex-Slaves “My people tells me a lot about when I was a lil’ wee boy. I has a clear mind and I allus has had one. My folks did not talk up people’s age like folks do dese days. Every place dat I be now, ‘specially round dese government folks, first thing dat dey wants to know is your name. Well, dat is quite natu’al, but de very next question is how old you is. I don’t know, why it is, but dey sho do dat. As my folks never talked age, it never worried me till jes’ here of late. So dey says to me dat last week I give one age to de man, and now I gives another. Soon I see’d dat and I had to rest my mind on dat as well as de mind of de government folks. So I settled it at 80 years old. Dat gives me respect from everybody dat I sees. Den it is de truth, too, kaise I come along wid everybody dat is done gone and died now. De few white folks what I was contemperment (contemporary) wid, ‘lows dat I is 80 and dey is dat, too. “You know dat I does ‘member when dat Sherman man went through here wid dem awful mens he had. Dey ‘lowed dat dey was gwine to Charlotte to git back to Columbia. I never is heard of sech befo’ or since. We lived at old man Jerry Moss’s in Yorkville, way...

Slave Narrative of Silas Smith

Interviewer: Caldwell Sims Person Interviewed: Silas Smith Date of Interview: November 12, 1937 Location: Gaffney, South Carolina “Lawsey, honey chile, how does I know jes’ when I was born. All sech as dat don’t mean nothing to us old slave time darkies. De mis’tus say, ‘Silas, you sho was thirteen years old when dat ‘Federate War wound up! Dat’s all I knows and dat’s what I goes by. De white folks is worrying ’bout my age being in sech and sech a year and all de like of dat. No sech as dat don’t worry Silas, kaise he sho don’t give it no mind, dat I doesn’t. “Mis’tus call us all to set down on de side steps wid our hats in our hands. She read dat paper. When she git through, us still sets, kaise no writing never aggrevated us niggers way back dar. She wait a few minutes; den she ‘low: ‘It means dat you all is free, jes’ as free as I is.’ ‘Dumpling Pie’ jumped up and started crying. We all looked at him, kaise he was a fat lazy thing dat laid around like dumplings a-laying over kraut, and we axed him what he was crying for. He say, ‘I ain’t gwine to be no free nigger, kaise dat brings in de Issue, and I wants to keep my ma and pa, and what is I’m gwine to do widout Marse Dusey?’ “Dat woke us up. Didn’t narry nigger on dat entire plantation know what to do widout his marster. It was de awfulest feeling dat everything in dem quarters laid down wid dat...

Cherokee County, South Carolina Census Records

Cherokee County was formed from Spartanburg, Union and York counties in 1897. 1900 Cherokee County, South Carolina Census Free 1900 Census Form for your Research Free 1900 Census Images and Index Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free Trial  1900 Cherokee County, Census (images and index) $ Hosted at Census Guide 1900 U.S. Census Guide 1910 Cherokee County, South Carolina Census Free 1910 Census Form for your Research Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free Trial  1910 Cherokee County, Census (images and index) $ Free 1910 Census Transcription (Partial) Draytonville, 1 of 2 Draytonville, 2 of 2 Cherokee Township, 1 of 5 Cherokee Township, 2 of 5 Cherokee Township, 3 of 5 Cherokee Township, 4 of 5 Cherokee Township, 5 of 5 ed01p01 ed01p02 ed01p03 ed01p04 ed01p05 partial Hosted at Census Guide 1910 U.S. Census Guide 1920 Cherokee County, South Carolina Census Free 1920 Census Form for your Research Free 1920 Census Images and Index (partial) Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free Trial  1920 Cherokee County, Census (images and index) $ Free 1920 Census Index Surname A-Z Hosted at Census Guide 1920 U.S. Census Guide 1930 Cherokee County, South Carolina Census Free 1930 Census Form for your Research Hosted at Ancestry.com – Ancestry Free Trial  1930 Cherokee County, Census (images and index) $ Hosted at Census Guide 1930 U.S. Census Guide  ...

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