MADISOM HSMINGS. " '
I never knew of hut ona white man who bore the name of Heminps; he was nn Eng¬ lishman and my g:reatgrftndfather. He w.i.^ cnptain of iin English tradinn; Tes.^el which palled boiweeti Encland and Wifliiimsburfr, . Va.» .then quite a port. My grftncjtjioiher wns a fullblooaeii African, an<i possibly a nfllirt of ihni country. She was flic property of John'Wales, a Welchman. Opt. fleniinijs h.sppcned lo be in tiie port of \ViIliamsbiir«f at the lime my graodmolher was born, and acknowledginif li^r fatherhood he tried to purchase her of .Mr, Wales, who would not part »'i4ii tlie cbild^ tiiough he was offered an extraordioarilj Iftrffc price for ber. She was named Elizjibeih llcrain^s. Beinp thwarted in the piirehase, and deterroininp to own hi.^ flesh and blood he resolved to fftke the child hj force or stealth, but the knowledge of his iotefltion comin|y k) John Wales' e^rs, through leaky felloe serTnnts ^„^^lhe mother, she and the child were taken i^fethi "great house ¦' under their mnstei's iramcdliite core. I have been informed that il was ttoi Ihe extra vftlue of that child over other slave children tb-at induced Mr, Waleg tf refss® to sell il, for flnT« misters then, as is later days, bad no compa net ions ©f coii-- gc'^enee wlilcli r«ti«iaed them from part- iag mother aai cbIM of however tender ftge, bttt lie wai rtstralned bj the fact that just about'tbif-tfTOe amal^infttioa b«g»n, and the child was so great a curiositj that its owner 4wif^ to rawe it birast'lf that he nis^lii; Bt® iteomeome. Cspt, Hennings goon rtfterwaids siiled from Williamsburg, nefer to rgttirn. Spcli ip, the g|»rj that comes d#wn to.«e,
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