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Subject: Re: Searching for Cleveland Roots

Bob Cleveland
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Date Posted: Tue, Aug 09 2011, 15:40:37

> I
>Hello I am Evan Chaney of Detroit Michigan and the
>reason for this letter is as follows. For the last few
>years I have been trying to trace my Cleveland family
>roots that started in Oconee County , South Carolina ,
>I went on rootweb.com com and found your contact
>information when I type the surname Cleveland . My
>Cleveland family begins with my 3rd great-grandfather
>Robert Cleveland who was born in abt 1845 in Pickens
>County and according to family history and tradition
>was the son of a slave woman (name unknown) and her
>master. Through my research Iíve learned that Robertís
>mother was born in Virginia and his father was born in
>South Carolina as I stated above it has always been
>told that Robertís father was the slave owner with
>that information I began to look through the Slave
>Schedule dated July 5th 1860 for the Pickens District
>searching for and slave owners with the surname
>Cleveland that owned a 15 year old male slave (my
>ancestor Robert would be that age in this year) and
>the only slave holder in Pickens was a man by the name
>of Osborne Brewer Cleveland and thought this has to be
>the father of my ancestor. A story was told to me once
>by my late cousin (who served as our family historian
>for many years) when his father Clinton (one of
>Robertís sonís) that they were one day picking cotton,
>and my uncle Clinton asked why his father was being so
>nice to these white men and he (Robert) replied ďit
>was because they were his brothers.Ē After coming
>across Osborne I searched him and came to find he was
>born in South Carolina and that his parents were Capt.
>Jeremiah Cleveland (born in NC the son of Rev. John
>Cleveland and Mary (Mollie) McCann) and Obedient
>Callaway (daughter of Rev. Francis Callaway and Sarah
>Brewer). I recently visited rootsweb and searched the
>surname Cleveland in SC. and found that you had done
>research on the Cleveland family from Jeremiah and
>John, and I was wondering if we could possibly be
>related or if you could help me in finding my other
>Cleveland family and ancestors. Robert Cleveland
>married Sarah Glenn and on July 9th, 1873 they
>conceived their first child Styles P. Cleveland (my
>great grandmotherís father and the oldest of their 12
>children) and moved to Detroit in 1926 due to the
>bowevil tragedy that destroyed their land where he
>died in 1931. For years I have felt lost and out of
>place because I didnít know anything about my family
>legacy, my request is that if possible please help me
>put the broken pieces back together and if you have
>any information on Osborne and his family that can
>help shed some light to please share with me.
>Thank you very much for all you can do

According the information I have obtained, I am a direct decendent of Osborne B. Clevlend(born 28aug1800 in Pickens County, SC) who married Jane Moss(born 4June1810). One of their sons, Ely John Cleveland(born 1May1839 in Pickins Co,) was my Great Grandfather and married Rebecca Caroline Isbell (born 9Oct1850). They had a son, Robert Early Cleveland(born 7Oct1874 in Grimes Co., TX) who was my Grandfather. He married Mae Shanks(born 30Oct1877)and their son RObert Ely Cleveland(born 11Oct1895 in Grimes Co, TX)) was my Father. Is this helpful?

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