April 22, 2013

Were There Ethiopians in Mississippi in 1917 ?

While perusing WWI registration records for the Watson family in Mississippi I came upon an unusual card listing race as ETHIOPIAN !

I was looking for the white descendants of my Rhode Island Watson line, so this jarred me into examining this branch of the family .. and, yes, they had been slave holders likely resulting in an expanded grouping of younger men named Wheeler Watson.  As I looked more closely, I found several young men of similar age with this name -- so I have more investigations ahead of me.

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