Margret Young, sold and separated from her family in 1861, reunited with her son Dowen Young as Christmas gift

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Margret Young, sold and separated from her family in 1861, reunited with her son Dowen Young as Christmas gift

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Margret Young, sold and separated from her family in 1861, was reunited with her son Dowen Young as Christmas gift. Margret and her three children lived, all slaves of John Arthur, in Clay County, MO near the town of Liberty when the civil war broke out. Fearing the loss of their slaves to the union armies, the slave owners of Missouri began selling their slaves to traders who supplied the southern slave markets. Margret was sold to one of these traders, Jim Adams, who sold her in the New Orleans slave markets to Dr. Walter Matthews. She remianed in New Orleans for two years before being taken to Mobile, AL, where she has remained ever since. Dowen Young and his siblings were freed by one of Colonel Jennson's raids into Clay County and attached themselves to the 130th Illinois Volunteers. The Sargent Major of that regiment, J.E. Strawn, would spend over a year tracing Dowen's mother down through ads in various newspapers. One of these papers was read in Mobile, Alabama by the people who employed Margret, who could not read. They shared the ad with Margret and Sargent Major Strawn then arranged for her to come to Chicago and meet her son for Christmas. The two were reunited on Christmas day and plans have been made to reunite her with her daughter Susan, who lives in Kansas City. Her other son Walter moved to Oquawaka, IL with Captain John Wilson and has not been heard from since.

Source

The Appeal (St. Paul and Minneapolis, MN)

Date

January 1, 1898

Coverage

Clay County, MO
New Orleans, LA
Mobile, AL
Ft. Leavenworth, KS
Camp Butler, Springfield, IL
Oquawaka, IL
Ottawa, IL
Chicago, IL
Kansas City, KS

Contributor

Daniel Runyon

Relation

A more legible version of this article appears in The Chicago Inter Ocean, Dec. 26, 1897, page 11

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Long Lost Son 1-1-1898.tif
Long Lost Son 1-1-1898 pt 2.tif

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“Margret Young, sold and separated from her family in 1861, reunited with her son Dowen Young as Christmas gift,” Other, The Appeal (St. Paul and Minneapolis, MN), January 1, 1898, Last Seen: Finding Family After Slavery, accessed October 19, 2017, http://informationwanted.org/items/show/2323.

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  1. Long Lost Son 1-1-1898.tif
  2. Long Lost Son 1-1-1898 pt 2.tif