Cynthia Wilson

Independent Historian
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Cynthia A. Wilson is a former Co-Chair of Black Genealogy Research Group of Seattle and former member of the board of directors of Black Heritage Society of Washington, Inc.  The history and genealogy of African American residents of Patrick County, Virginia, have been her principal area of study.  Currently, she is concentrating her research on black civil war soldiers who found their way to Seattle.  She self-published a compilation of slaves names from Patrick County court records and has published articles in the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society Journal.

Robert Morris, Sr (1823–1882)

Robert Morris became one of the first black lawyers in United States after being admitted to the Massachusetts bar in 1847. Morris was born in Salem, Massachusetts on June 8, 1823.   At an early age, Morris had some formal education at Master Dodge’s School in Salem.  With the agreement … Read MoreRobert Morris, Sr (1823–1882)

Pompey Factor (1849–1928)

  Image Ownership: Public Domain Pompey Factor, former slave, scout for the United States Army and Congressional Medal of Honor winner, was born in Arkansas in 1849 to Hardy Factor, a black Seminole chief and an unknown Biloxi Indian woman. By the end of that … Read MorePompey Factor (1849–1928)

Mary Ann Spencer Smith (1917-2001)

Image Courtesy of Mary Ann Spencer Smith Estate Postal worker, real estate broker and civil rights activist, Mary Ann Spencer was the 10th child of twelve. She was born in Patrick County, Virginia on January 7, 1917. Spencer completed high school at Christiansburg’s Industrial High … Read MoreMary Ann Spencer Smith (1917-2001)

George Washington Rawles (1845–1922)

George Rawles was born in South Carolina to a young slave mother owned by Benjamin Rawles II.  At the age of 17 and now living in Perry County, Mississippi, he was given to his master’s son, Benjamin Rawles III to be his body servant during … Read MoreGeorge Washington Rawles (1845–1922)

Green Fields (1840-1914)

Green Fields, former Seattle City employee, early African American resident of the Queen Anne Neighborhood in Seattle, and soldier with the U.S. Colored Troops during the Civil War, was born a slave in DeSoto, Mississippi, the son of Fannie Jackson and Richard Fields. In 1864 … Read MoreGreen Fields (1840-1914)