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Three Generations of Shoemakers: The Martin Family

For over 150-years, the Martin men were the shoemakers and shoe-repairmen in Alexandria, Virginia. Based on the 1850 and 1860 censuses, George Washington Martin’s parents were free people of colored in In the Rockville, Montgomery County, Maryland. Read George W. … Continue reading

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Update – James E. Piper

On January 25, 2015, a descendant of the Piper family, Richard contacted me. He has been doing researching his family history for more than a decade. Though James E. Piper reported in the Southern Claims Commission records that he lost … Continue reading

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James E Piper

The life of Mr. Piper and his losses during the Civil War interested me to the point, I had to tell his story. James E. Piper (Ramsay) and his brother, William Henry Piper (Ramsay) were freed people of colored prior … Continue reading

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Celebrating 150 years end of the Civil War

  For 2015, I will be doing a series of articles in celebration of the end of the Civil War. Alexandria African Americans contributed a lot to the growth and history of Alexandria, VA. The forgotten historical contributions of many … Continue reading

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