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For Harry and Rosa

by sedubah

I look for you, Harry and Rosa
father and mother of my father’s
great grandfather
I look for you on tombstones
and at forgotten graves
in buried courthouse records,
and schedules of slaves
I look for you in private papers,
and ledgers cherished by generations
who considered themselves rich
from the labor of my relations.

But you Harry and Rosa,
I count your lives precious
and I pledge to always remember you,
I can do no less

I look for you in incidences
reported in books and press
of runaways and lynchings
and in advertisements
for fine specimens, good workers,
faithful servants,
dependable maids, and janitors
with good work habits
for field hands, farm hands
and blacksmiths, porters,
laborers, cooks and domestics

I look for you, in kinfolk
disconnected
who say brother? Sister? Where are you from
and haven’t we met?

I look for you Harry and Rosa

© 2003 kenneth hugh burton (sedubah)

From the book: The Burtons: For Harry and Rosa, my adventures of finding the ancestors of the family I knew least about

Note: Harry and Rosa were slaves listed in the 1862 Will of Jacob Burton, Chambers County Alabama USA





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Re: For Harry and Rosa (Score: 1 )
by sedubah on Monday, January 30, 2012 (08:51:37)
Jacob Burton's Will
In the name of God Amen I Jacob Burton of the County of Chambers and the State of Alabama being afflicted in body and mindfull of the shortness of life and the certainty of death and being blessed with a sound mind and disposing memory with the desire of making a proper disposition of the property it has pleased God to bless me with do make public and declare this to be my last Will and testament hereby revoking all former Wills by me made.

First
Trusting in God for a glorious resurrection unto eternal life I Submit my Soul to him who gave it and desire that my body be decently interred.

Item 2nd
My Will and desire is that all of my debts and funeral expenses be paid as soon after my decease as practicable.

Item 3rd
I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Rachel Burton the following property to wit the land on which I now live known and described as follows, the South East quarter of Section thirty, 30, and Township twenty two, 22, and range twenty seven, 27, together with all the improvements thereon, Cotton Gin and all the appurtenances thereunto belonging House hold and kitchen furniture, The farming utensils of every kind, Cart and Steers Buggy and harness, Tools of every description, The Stock of all kinds, exception hereinafter made, Also the following named negroes Harry and Rosa his wife, Mary and Nathan, Son and Daughter of Harry and Rosa, Washington, the son of Mary, also the youngest son of Mary by the name of John, Warren the son of Anis and Sarah the daughter of Silah so long as the Said Rachel Burton shall live.

Item fourth
To John W. Burton I have heretofore given land in Tallapoosa County Alabama the description of which will more fully appear by reference to Deed of Conveyance heretofore executed to the Said John W. Burton and whereas I have heretofore given to the Said John W. Burton the following named negroes to wit, Berryan (sic) and Mariah, Son and Daughter of Lucy, Catherine, daughter of Seller, to him and his heirs forever hereby Confirming the advancements to the Said John W. Burton and his heirs forever together with all the future increase as his full distributive share of my Estate.

Item fifth
To my son Robert P. Burton I have heretofore given land in Tallapoosa County Alabama the description of which will make fully appear by the Deed on Conveyance heretofore granted to the Said Robert P. Burton, And whereas I have heretofore given to the Said Robert P. Burton the following named negroes to wit, Handsome (sic) and Louisa, Son and Daughter of Harry and Rosa, Josephine the daughter of Lucy, to him and his heirs forever hereby confirming the above advancements to the Said Robert P. Burton and his heirs forever together with all the future increase as his full distributive share of my Estate.

Item Sixth
To Saml. (sic Samuel) W. Burton I have heretofore given land in Tallapoosa County Alabama which will appear by a Deed of Conveyance made by me to Robt. P. Burton and the Said Saml W. Burton which land has been divided between the Said Robt. P. Burton and the Said Saml. W. Burton and whereas I have heretofore given the Said Saml. W. Burton the following named negroes to wit Martha a daughter of Mary, Minerva, daughter of Lucy, to him and his heirs forever hereby confirming the above advancements unto him his heirs and Assigns as his full distributive share of my Estate.

Item Seventh
To Jacob J. Burton land in Tallapoosa County Alabama which will more fully appear by a Deed of Conveyance made to the Said Jacob J. Burton and John W. Burton which land has since been divided between the Said Jacob J. Burton and John W. Burton and whereas I have heretofore given to my Son Jacob J. Burton the following named negroes to wit, Puss daughter of Harry and Rosa, Talitha, daughter of Anis and their increase forever hereby confirms the advancements made unto him, his heirs and Assigns forever as his full distributive share of my Estate.

Item Eighth
I hereby give and bequeath to my Son William H. Burton the following described land to wit, one half of the South West half of Section twenty nine, 29, Township twenty two, 22, and Range twenty seven known as the Holly half section also one half of eleven acres bought from John Dorsett and one half of the Mill thereon, and whereas I have given to my Son W. H. Burton three negroes to wit, Moses son of Mary, Harriet and Clark Son and daughter of Anis, and I hereby give and bequeath to him the Said William H. Burton the named negroes which are now in my possession to wit, Mealy and Lucyann (sic) daughters of Anis, Willis and Ben sons of Seller and Lucy and old woman Josephine daughter of Jane and at the death of my Wife the negro boy by the name of Warren son of Anis with him his heirs and assigns forever as his full distributive share of my Estate.

Item 9th
I give and bequeath to my son Andrew J. Burton the following described land on half of the South West half of Section twenty nine, 29, known as the Holly half Section also one half of eleven acres of land bought from John Dorsett and one half of the Mill thereon and the following named negroes, Charles, Jeff and George sons of Harry and Rosa, Russ daughter and Richard son and daughter of Mary, Young son of Anis, Mary daughter of Susan, and Weany daughter of Mary, three mules and carts waggon and harness all my gin smith and blacksmith tools, watch (sic) tools, and at the death of my wife Rachel Burton my will and desire is and I hereby give and bequeath also to my son Andrew J. Burton all of the property and future increase both real and personal that I have given to my beloved wife Rachel Burton with the exception above named to wit one negro boy Warren unto him the Said A. J. Burton his heirs and assigns forever as his full distributive share of my estate.

Item 10th
Whereas I have heretofore given to my daughter Nancy C. James, wife of John J. James the following property to wit, the following described land one half of one half section of land which I bought from Robert P. Burton which he bought from Thomas B. Sherman and Littlebury Phillips one half of Section twenty five, 25, Township twenty two, 22, and Range twenty six, 26, and I have heretofore given my Daughter Nancy C. the following negroes Sam which has been sold by my consent, Henry and Georgia son and (sic daughter) of Caroline, deceased, Creasey daughter of Siller and Barthume which she now has in possession, and also give and bequeath to my daughter Nancy C. Jones the following named negroes Anis and Siller and old Woman, and all of their future increase from this date unto the said Nancy C. Jones and her children, also one mule.

Item 11th
I hereby give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth Jones now the abandoned wife of Crawford Jones one half of the half section of land that I bought of my son Robt. E. Burton which he bought of Thos. B. M... and L. B. Phillips half of Section twenty five, Township twenty two and Range twenty six, 26, which is to be equally divided between Elizabeth Jones and Nancy C. Jones, also the following named negroes to wit, Susan daughter of Harry and Rosa, George and Margaret son and daughter of Susan, Jane daughter of Lucy, Ngenie Amanda and Indianarm (sic) daughters of Jane, Isaac son of Siller and those issuance from this date unto her and her children, two mules two cows and calves and it is my will and desire that all of the property that I have given to my daughter Elizabeth Jones is not to be subject to the uses or control of Crawford Jones in any manner or form whatever and the Said Elizabeth Jones here after at any time live with or go with the Said Crawford Jones I do hereby authorize and empower my Executor to take possession of all the property I have given to the Said Elizabeth and in the event she does live with Said Jones the Said Executor so herein appointed to act as trustee for the children of the Said Elizabeth in the management of said pro

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Re: For Harry and Rosa (Score: 1 )
by Zbird on Thursday, February 02, 2012 (16:22:06)
what a powerful work! left me with chills as ghosts of the past walked by me as I read. beautifully written!

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    Re: For Harry and Rosa (Score: 1 )
    by sedubah on Friday, February 03, 2012 (09:48:12)
    So much for history ZBIRD.

    Ooooh, i like the Trinet form you use on "She Dances"

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