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Subject: Re: Searching for Cleveland Roots


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Bob Cleveland
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Date Posted: Tue, Jul 09 2013, 21:25:55

>I'm sorry I didn't see this sooner.
>No, I had never heard that Osborn Cleveland might have
>fathered a son by one of his slaves. But, I don't know
>a lot of personal stories of the Clevelands before my
>line moved to Texas. Osborn Cleveland lived in Fair
>Play, South Carolina during the Civil War so his
>plantation should have been there. He moved to
>Franklin County, Georgia some time before his death in
>1891 or 1892.
>Last year I participated in Ancestry.com's DNA
>testing. If you're an ancestry member, that would be
>an easy way to find out if we have a common ancestor.
>
>
>>Beverly, have you or anyone in your side of the family
>> ever heard that Osborne fathered a son(by the name of
>>Robert) by a slave woman, and do u know where
>>Osborne's plantation is or where it once stood ?
>>
>>
>>
>>>>I'm not sure if I have any new information for you,
>>>it sounds like you have already found quite a bit. I
>>>am also descended from Osborn Cleveland through his
>>>son Larkin. Larkin was a member of the Palmetto
>>>Sharpshooters during the civil war and moved to Texas
>>>following the war. What an interesting story about
>>>your family. Of course we know those things went on
>>>but so often they were never talked about.
>>>
>>>>
>>>>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
>>>>informational 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

Osborn Brewer Cleveland, born 28 Aug 1800 was the father of my great grandfather, Ely John Cleveland born 1 May 1839 in SC, and died 8 June 1895 in McClennen County, Texas. Looks like we may be related. I have loosely traced my Cleveland roots back to Alexander Cleveland born 31 July 1667(not sure of these dates) in VA and died 1770 in Orange Co, VA. He was married to Mildred Presley born 1675 in Orange Co, VA. There are some holes in my research that I do need to verify. I am not aware of the story about Osborn fathering a chid with a slave girl, but would certainly like to know more.

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