I am researching my African American Mabry line. My 4th great grandparents were Belfield M Mabry and Eliza Hill (Hale). Belfield was born abt 1805 in Henry, Sussex, VA and his wife Eliza was born abt 1823 in Henry, Sussex, VA. Together they had fourteen children.
What makes this particular line within family interesting is the entire family were listed as Free People of color in 1850 census. This means that which ever white Mabry owned them prior to freeing them had the courage and humanity to give my family a chance at freedom and dignity.
I am trying to tract down that family so I can get to know them and hopefully thank them.