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1649RE: Gouldtown, NJ: An All-American 'Mixed-Race Community'

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  • tlbaker1
    Nov 6, 2006

      Hey Philly,


      You mean people actually still live in that town, LOLOL.
      I don't know, I think we are related, remember we
      found the college football player we didn't know
      about in my family. I funny, I suspected I was
      related to him when I saw him on TV, the Boone guy.
      Yes, send me the link - tlbaker1@..., thanks.




      From: Generation-Mixed@yahoogroups.com
      [mailto: Generation-Mixed@yahoogroups.com ]
      On Behalf Of
      Sent: Sunday, November 05, 2006 9:35 PM
      To: Generation-Mixed@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: Re: Gouldtown , NJ : An All-American 'Mixed-Race Community'


      Hello Everyone,

      Just stopped in cleaning my mail and lo' and behold I see Rich Square N.C.,

      I attended W.S Creecy school there for a short time when my mother moved.
      They lived a little further down the ''road'' a place called [George N.C]
      Actually when you cross the railroad you would enter into another
      tiny town named Woodland N.C. which is called Northampton County

      I was born in an even smaller place of Hertford County called Tunis NC .
      Some of mother's family were and still are in Ahoskie- Winton- Cofield , vicinity.
      Most are her complexion very light some of which are blonde, brunettes and hazel eyes etc..

      Mom is now in Murfreesboro , N.C.

      Actually I have a site I could send to you if you would care to read.[family lived]

      Would take too too long post...

      Hope everyone had a good weekend...

      tlbaker1 <tlbaker1@...> wrote:

      Rich Square, NC - this was many years ago when my mother
      was a child up until circa 1975ish (as far as I can remember).
      However, the town was so small and ghost town like the only
      mixed race people I remember seeing were my grandfather' s
      family in the spooky old house, LOLOL, I am sure there are
      more people there besides them. Only family members left
      there is my grandfather who lives in NY and my great aunt
      who still lives across the street in the "normal" house
      that I would stay in when we visited 35 years later.
      It was one of those towns you would see on 95 south or
      whatever if you were on your way to a souther state.
      You would pass the cows, corn fields, etc., you could
      have passed that old house on one of your road trips.

      The house was the oldest house in Hertford County, an old
      slave master's house and part of the underground railroad.
      It has since burned down by one of drunk great uncles
      years ago; would have been long condemned by now anyway.
      I remember using the outdoor manual pump to get water, the
      1940-50's car driven into the tree was still there (I just
      now remembered that), wringer washing machine, the pig farm,
      now that I think of it the place was like a time capsule.

      Today, my aunt (mother's sister) has built a house
      on the property and goes down there for vacation.


      From: Generation-Mixed@ yahoogroups. com
      [mailto: Generation-Mixed@ yahoogroups. com ]
      On Behalf Of
      Sent: Saturday, November 04, 2006 7:18 PM
      To: Generation-Mixed@ yahoogroups. com
      Subject: Gouldtown , NJ : An All-American 'Mixed-Race Community'

      Despite the fact that the article refers to

      it by the 'One-Droppist' term of -- "Negro"
      Community" .... it is abundantly clear that
      Gouldtown, N.J. was actually a Multi-Racial
      (not 'Mono'-Racial) American community.

      :)So ... for all our members on the East Coast ...
      maybe someone could investigate to find out more
      about the history of this Mixed-Race community of
      people -- and --if you'd recommend arrangement of a 
      Gen-Mixed 'Road Trip' or other event in or near the area. 

      Also -- if you or any of your relatives are from
      this Town or County -- (or any like it) -- can
      you share with us -- more of what you know?;;)

      Gouldtown ,  New Jersey

      ( Cumberland County )


        America 's Oldest "Negro" Coummunity'
      "Gouldtown traces it's history back
      250 years to an Inter-Racial Marriage"

      Copied from 'Ebony' magazine / February,  1952
      Edition / Contributed by Lishia Durham Heard

      (NOTE: The copy below is out of focus)








      Links to more information about Gouldtown, NJ
      (as well as to a few other 'Tri-Racial Isolate' Communities)

      http://blacktowns. org/cumberland/ gouldtown/ index.htm
      www.cinewomenny. org/cinenews/ jul02/ ifshewerealive. html
      http://www.mitsawok et.com/DelmarvaA reaCivilWarPensi ons.htm
      http://www.mitsawok ett.com/FamilyHi stories/Corneliu sHandsor_ bc1804/pafn15. htm
      http://www.mitsawok ett.com/FamilyHi stories/ElishaDu rham_bc1794/ pafn11.htm
      http://www.njpinela ndsanddownjersey .com/open/ index.php? module=documents&JAS_DocumentManager _op=viewDocument&JAS_Document_ id=290

      A book has also been written about Gouldtown , NJ :

      "The Gouldtown Book"
      can be purchased at the:

      Fairfield Township
      Board of Eduction
      ( Fairton Primary School ),
      Ramah Road , Bridgeton , NJ 08302 . 

      Phone number 856-451-4990,
      ask to speak with 'Carol Gould'.

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