William Davis and his sister Mary reunited after forty years separation

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William Davis and his sister Mary reunited after forty years separation

Subject

Found Ad

Description

William Davis and his sister Mary were reunited after forty years separation. Both siblings were slaves of the family of James Matlock, a rich planter in Georgia. Just before the war, Matlock died and the two were sold to pay the master's debts, separated them. After the war, William came north to Niles, IL and started a dray business, amassing a small fortune. His sister Mary was purchased by a wealthy woman who took her to San Francisco, CA. She sought out her brother, hoping to leave her fortune of $150,000 to him, which she inherited from the wealthy white woman. Mary is now 83 years old.

Source

The Appeal (St. Paul and Minneapolis, MN)

Date

August 14, 1897

Coverage

Georgia
Niles, MI
San Francisco, CA

Contributor

Daniel Runyon

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SEPARATED FOR FORTY YEARS.
Strange History of William Davis and His
Sister, Once Slaves.
Niles, Mich. Aug. 10. - Forty years
ago William Davis and his sister Mary
were slaves in the family of James Mat-
lock, a rich Georgia planter. Just be-
fore the war Matlock died and William
and Mary were sold to pay the debts of
the estate. They were parted and for
forty years neither heard of the other.
After the war William took the name of
Davis and came north to Niles. He
began the dray business, amassing a
small fortune. To-day he learned that
his sister is still alive and was in San
Francisco. She sought out her brother
William that she might leave her fortune
of $150 000 to him. When she was sold
she was bought by a wealthy wom[an]
who took her to California. when this
woman died she had no relatives to leave
her money to, and so made Mary her
heir. Mary is now 83 years old.

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Citation

“William Davis and his sister Mary reunited after forty years separation,” Found Ad, The Appeal (St. Paul and Minneapolis, MN), August 14, 1897, Last Seen: Finding Family After Slavery, accessed October 13, 2019, http://informationwanted.org/items/show/2322.

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