Saturday, February 10, 2024

One Document, Three New Questions

If you know the work of Kathleen of Hittin' the Bricks with Kathleen, a DIY podcast, you already know the mantra "One Document, Three New Questions." This is for all to practice: family historians, professional genealogists, the a3genealogy and Tracing Ancestors Interns, historical researchers and presentation attendees from beginners to advanced.

Each documents gives us a minimum of 3 new genealogical questions; each genealogical question garners a new research plan.

Notice I said MINIMUM of 3.  In this example, recently placed on social media, Kathleen clearly exceeded the 3 new questions from a newspaper ad. She implied there are still more, but here's a great place to start her  "One Document, Three New Questions" practice to meet her genealogical questions,

Known info:
1) counting the infant child, 24 enslaved persons were scheduled to be on an auction block 10 Jan 1855
2) the women, Sally the cook and Lize the new mother, were named; but non of the men.
3) sure the newspaper that covered the Cheapside slave market in Lexington named buyers
4) John Carter kept, or bred, his enslaved men and women.
5) John Carter of Indiana lived in Lewis County Ky until 1855 with a Clarksburg, Ky post office.

1) Who were the local slave traders? They may have purchased the "lot."
2) Why, in 1855, did Carter, known for raising "slaves" remove to a free slave state? Indiana at the time was a state full of Quakers and abolitionists. Yet, he auctioned off his own persons?
3) What can we learn about the Quick Run Plantation owners, deeds, wills of previous owner, etc ?
4)  What is the significance (bragging rights) of "All Raised on the CARTER PLANTATION at QUICK'S RUN?"
5) Who was the immediate family and in-laws of John Carter? 

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