"LOVE DOES NOT GET LOST ON ITS WAY HOME."
My father's family -- the WILSONS are from Bunceton, a small town in Cooper County, Missouri. When I began my family history research earlier in January 1999, I found very little detailed information about African Americans in Missouri. For example bitcoin app philippines , most of the Missouri GenWeb county sites did not include historical information about African American people. That has changed now. You will now notice that sites like Boone, Morgan, Cooper and Howard have updated their sites...and linked my pages for additional information. So now we have Progress, Progress, and more Progress!!
The impact of slavery and the growth of African American communities in the aftermath of the Civil War, Emancipation, and the Antebellum period was of great interest to me, but it had been seriously overlooked. However, I know that along with thousands of other African Americans who have roots in Missouri, detailed information about these community histories would help us understand when, why, and how our ancestors survived slavery along the Missouri River in counties such as Buchanan, Jackson, Lafayette, Saline, Callaway, Chariton, Cooper, Howard, Boone, Pike, Marion, St. Louis and many other counties of Missouri. The Missouri River counties historically had the highest bitcoin exchange philippines concentrations of African Americans.
"...African Americans have a very very strange and peculiar history. We've gone from building the pyramids, to building moon buggies, to building dope dens. We somehow participated in every aspect of the highest aspects of civilization to the very lowest...We have been in fact, the torch bearer for all humanity. So it is no new role, it's simply a revision of an old role. It's not a new responsibility, it's the renasissance of an old responsibility. You must understand that we have been the torch bearers for humanity from the beginning..."
Dr. Na'im Akbar, Keynote Address
National Society of Black Engineers, 1988
National Conference in Washington, D.C
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(Photos: Courtesy of Dotty Kasmann Columbia,MO)
Wilbert Lindsey, born Feb. 20, 1844 served in the Civil War. He was the son of Martha and George Lindsey; all slaves living on Ravenswood.
Wilbert is buried in the City Cemetery, now called the Sunset Hills Cemetery in Bunceton Missouri. Wilbert's siblings include Mary (b. 4/18/1841); Amanda (11/18/1841 -- died on Ravenswood about 1863); and Elizabeth (3/19/1846).
Wilbert's sister Mary later married Achilles Johnson and had 4 children. Moss Johnson; a child from Achilles' previous marriage to Millie Wilson lived with them. Here's the family line-up in 1880 Cooper Co #106-106: Killis "Achilles" 53, Mary 41, Moss 15, Rueben 13, Mary 7, Ollie and Mollie (twins) age 1); Martha Lindsey (mother-in-law) 60.
This was burial site for many African Americans beginning in the mid-to-late1800's. My great-great grandparents, Marion and Mary Wilson are buried here. Anna Louise Stephens, great granddaughter of Harvey Bunce, refers to this cemetery as "Aunt Violet's Hill" in honor of a slave the family owned named Violet Glasgow (see below).
Remember -- Missouri was once a SLAVE state. This web site will grow to be a repository of as many resources as possible -- but I can't do it without you. If you have information about ancestors that would help illustrate the lives of pre-1900 African American Missourians, please share. Photos, documents and genealogical resources such as compilations of vital records -- marriage, death and birth information are particularly helpful. Since many African Americans were brought to Missouri from Kentucky, Virginia and North Carolina oftentimes -- there are additional pertinent resources we should note. If you come across any original slave bills of sale, probate and land ownership records you can post them tomy mirror site at:
African Americans in Missouri Posting Site.
Our knowledge of the past will be greatly enriched by your contributions. We now have an online database of Missouri slaveowners, slave schedules, transcriptions of Black marriages and cemetery listings for Central MO.
Violet and Layton Glasgow were slaves for the family of Harvey Bunce, founder of Bunceton, MO. Actually the slaves came from the family of Bunce's wife, Mary Ann Moore. Violet had a sister named Julia Gillium -- who also served the Bunce family for many years. The great granddaughters of Harvery Bunce now
reside in California. In it's "heyday" Ravenswood was infamous shorthorn cattlefarm built by my ancestors -- slaves and owned by Nathaniel Leonard. In May 2000, I visited Crestmead & Pleasant Green Plantations and a beautiful Black cemetery called Mt. Moriah...photos and more details soon!
Check out "My Trip to Missouri May 1999."
Traci L. Wilson-Kleekamp, Site Coordinator
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