Jessie Johnson searching for his mother and father
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Mr. Editor - I wish to find my father and mother, Jesse and Let- tie Williams. I was about 15 years of age when I saw them last. They were living with Ned Holland who owned a tobacco factory on Black- water river in Virginia, on the northeast side. There was a church on the west side. Billie Dunn raised me and sold my mother when I was a small boy. I was her oldest son, and she stooped down and kissed me when she left. I was raised near Franklin Court House, on Snow Creek. Myself and sisters Mary and Aggie were left together. Mr. Dunn sold Ag- gie to a trader, and Mary was mar- ried to Burrell Rinkid. She had three children, the oldest a girl. Dunn sold me to a negro trader. When I saw them writing out the papers I ran away to my father who hid me over the spring house near the dwelling of Mr. Holland. A heavy rain came up one night and father had to go to the spring for me. He carried me to the house and put me in a little room on the north side, the door opened outside; he spread a pallet over some onions and I remained until day, and he went across the river to get a man to buy me, but as the contract had been signed there was no chance for him to get me. Mother had 12
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