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Subject: Re: To Cleveland Family in Bradley County Cleveland,Tenn

Carolyn Ellertson (Sad)
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Date Posted: Tue, Dec 17 2013, 21:56:58

"Sad" because I hate the word slave, and it makes me sick that some of my ancestors had them, or that one human being can subject another to it. I had ancestors on both sides of the fence on that one. My northern ancestors were abolitionists, and helped on the underground RR, and my southern ones did the unforgivable in my book. However, I will help anyone I can to find their roots, no matter what they are or where they originate. That being said, let me just say that in researching my Cherokee Indian roots in Bradley County, I was astounded to find that a Cleveland cousin donated the land for the mission at Candy's Creek (aka Cleveland, Tennessee)where many of my mixed blood Native American family attended the mission school, got the rudiments of education and religion, and raised families. I read somewhere that the land for it was donated by Eli Cleveland, who was a son of Robert Cleveland. Robert was a brother to Colonel Benjamin Cleveland, for whom the town is named! How is that for a weird connection to the past?? Both were, of course, famous for the part they played in the Battle of Kings Mountain, during the Revolutionary War (among other things). So, I would look for descendants of Robert Cleveland, slave schedules, and censuses for that area. TN has a tremendous GenWeb site. Try that too. Good luck!

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