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stationmaster_samuel_barkshire [2019/02/14 09:54]
hdelaney [Station Master Samuel Barkshire]
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 [[barkshire and edgerton families|Samuel Barkshire]],​ a freed slave from [[Boone County]], accomplished a great deal in his lifetime. ​ His family’s story is quite remarkable, and the information available about the Barkshires is unusually rich.  ​ [[barkshire and edgerton families|Samuel Barkshire]],​ a freed slave from [[Boone County]], accomplished a great deal in his lifetime. ​ His family’s story is quite remarkable, and the information available about the Barkshires is unusually rich.  ​
  
-Samuel, who was born ca. 1798, was owned first by [[Berkshire family|Richard “Dickey” Berkshire]] (Samuel ​used a different ​spelling,) and then sold to neighbor Joseph Hawkins, after Berkshire’s death. ​ Hawkins was married to a woman, Nancy, who may have once been the consort of Dickie ​Barkshire; he was also the man who emancipated Samuel, in 1833 for the sum of one dollar.+Samuel, who was born ca. 1798, was owned first by [[Berkshire family|Richard “Dickey” Berkshire]] (the family later used the "​Berkshire" ​spelling) and then sold to neighbor Joseph Hawkins, after Berkshire’s death. ​ Hawkins was married to a woman, Nancy, who may have once been the consort of Dickie ​Berkshire; he was also the man who emancipated Samuel, in 1833 for the sum of one dollar.
  
 Samuel purchased land adjacent to Hawkins, then bought his family’s freedom, a nearly insurmountable goal. The Barkshires relocated to Rising Sun before 1840.  Nancy Hawkins also moved to Rising Sun after Joseph’s 1836 death. ​ The move of the Barkshires would certainly be the end game for most African Americans of Samuel’s day, but this family was cut from a sturdy cloth. Samuel purchased land adjacent to Hawkins, then bought his family’s freedom, a nearly insurmountable goal. The Barkshires relocated to Rising Sun before 1840.  Nancy Hawkins also moved to Rising Sun after Joseph’s 1836 death. ​ The move of the Barkshires would certainly be the end game for most African Americans of Samuel’s day, but this family was cut from a sturdy cloth.
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