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Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves: Volume XVI, Texas Narratives, Part 3   By:

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Slave Narratives

Volume XVI: Texas Narratives Part 3

A Folk History of Slavery in the United States

From Interviews with Former Slaves

TYPEWRITTEN RECORDS PREPARED BY

THE FEDERAL WRITERS' PROJECT

1936 1938

ASSEMBLED BY

THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS PROJECT

WORK PROJECTS ADMINISTRATION

FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

SPONSORED BY THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

Illustrated with Photographs

WASHINGTON 1941

VOLUME XVI

TEXAS NARRATIVES PART 3

Prepared by the Federal Writers' Project of

the Works Progress Administration

for the State of Texas

[HW:] Handwritten note

[TR:] Transcriber's note

INFORMANTS

Cinto Lewis Hagar Lewis Henry Lewis Lucy Lewis Amos Lincoln Annie Little Abe Livingston John Love Louis Love John McCoy Hap McQueen Bill McRay C.B. McRay Julia Malone Adeline Marshall Isaac Martin James Martin Louise Mathews William Mathews Hiram Mayes Susan Merritt Josh Miles Anna Miller Mintie Maria Miller Tom Mills La San Mire Charley Mitchell Peter Mitchell Andrew Moody and wife Tildy A.M. Moore Jerry Moore John Moore Van Moore William Moore Mandy Morrow Patsy Moses Andy Nelson Virginia Newman Margrett Nillin John Ogee Annie Osborne Horace Overstreet Mary Overton George Owens Mary Anne Patterson Martha Patton Ellen Payne Henderson Perkins Daniel Phillips Lee Pierce Ellen Polk Betty Powers Tillie R. Powers Allen Price John Price and wife Mirandy Reverend Lafayette Price Henry Probasco Jenny Proctor A.C. Pruitt Harre Quarls Eda Rains Millie Randall Laura Redmoun Elsie Reece Mary Reynolds Walter Rimm Mariah Robinson Susan Ross Annie Row Gill Ruffin Martin Ruffin Florence Ruffins Aaron Russel Peter Ryas Josephine Ryles

ILLUSTRATIONS

Hagar Lewis Annie Little Abe Livingston Hap McQueen Bill McRay C.B. McRay James Martin Louise Mathews Susan Merritt Josh Miles La San Mire Charley Mitchell Andrew Moody and wife Tildy A.M. Moore Jerry Moore Van Moore William Moore Patsy Moses Virginia Newman Margrett Nillin John Ogee Horace Overstreet Mary Anne Patterson Ellen Payne Henderson Perkins Daniel Phillips Ellen Polk Betty Powers Tillie R. Powers John Price and wife Mirandy Jenny Proctor Eda Rains Millie Randall Laura Redmoun Elsie Reece Mary Reynolds Walter Rimm Gill Ruffin Martin Ruffin Aaron Russel

Cinto Lewis

Uncle Cinto Lewis, ex slave, claims to be 111 years old. He lived in a brick cabin with his wife, Aunt Lucy, on the Huntington Plantation, in Brazoria Co., Texas. Miss Kate Huntington says the cabin occupied by the old couple is part of the old slave quarters built by J. Greenville McNeel, who owned the plantation before Marion Huntington. Miss Kate's father bought it. Although Uncle Cinto claims to be 111, he says he was named San Jacinto because he was born during the "San Jacinto War", which would make his age 101.

"Yes, suh, I's Cinto. That's Lucy over there, she my wife and I calls her Red Heifer, 'cause her papa's name was Juan and he was a Mexican. She and me marry right after 'mancipation. We come long way and we goin' to die together.

"They named me San Jacinto 'cause I's born durin' de San Jacinto war, but they calls me Cinto. I's born in Fort Bend County, up near Richmond, and my old marster was Marse Dave Randon, and his wife, Miss Nancy, was my missus. She was sister to Marse John McNeel, what with his brothers owned all de land hereabouts.

"I 'members once I slips away come dark from de plantation, with some others. We is slippin' 'long quiet like and a paddle roller jump out from behin' a bush and say, 'Let's see your pass... Continue reading book >>


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