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A Freedman Seeks to Reunite His Family

After emancipation, many former slaves immediately searched for family members who had been sold away during slavery. They used whatever scant information they had and frequently placed advertisements like this in southern newspapers.

SAML. DOVE wishes to know of the whereabouts of his mother, Areno, his sisters Maria, Neziah, and Peggy, and his brother Edmond, who were owned by Geo. Dove, of Rockingham County, Shenandoah Valley, VA. Sold in Richmond, after which Saml. and Edmond were taken to Nashville, Tenn., by Joe Mick; Areno was left at the Eagle Tavern, Richmond.

Respectfully yours,
Utica, New York, Aug. 5, 1865-3m

Source | The Colored Tennessean, August 12, 1865, courtesy of the Chicago Historical Society; available at Slavery and the Making of America,
Creator | Samuel Dove
Item Type | Advertisement
Cite This document | Samuel Dove, “A Freedman Seeks to Reunite His Family,” SHEC: Resources for Teachers, accessed September 24, 2023,

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