William Davis and his sister Mary reunited after forty years separation

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Title

William Davis and his sister Mary reunited after forty years separation

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Other

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 dry goods business, amassing a small fortune. Today, he learned that his sister Mary is alive and living in San Francisco, CA. She sought out her brother, hoping to leave her fortune of $100,000 to him. She had been sold to a wealthy woman, who took her to California. When the woman died without children, she made Mary her heir. Mary is now 83 years old.

Source

The Appeal (St. Paul and Minneapolis, MN)

Date

August 14, 1897

Coverage

Georgia
Niles, IL
San Francisco, CA

Contributor

Daniel Runyon

Files

Separated for Forty years 8-14-1897.tif

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Citation

“William Davis and his sister Mary reunited after forty years separation,” Other, The Appeal (St. Paul and Minneapolis, MN), August 14, 1897, Last Seen: Finding Family After Slavery, accessed August 20, 2017, http://informationwanted.org/items/show/2322.

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