27 July 2016

A Boy Named Dred

Volume 23 of the Tennessee Valley Genealogical Society's publication included a story entitled "A Man Named Sam, A Boy Named Dred,". by Norman M. Shapiro, which indicated that Dred Scott once lived in Madison County, Alabama, when he was young.

According to the article, Mr. Shapiro was first aware of the Dred Scott connection to the Peter Blow family when scanning a book about Southhampton County, Virginia.  He learned that Sam Blow, later known as Dred Scott, was born near Edom in 1809...northeast of where Nat Turner resided. [See the Marker in Southampton]

In 1816 Peter Blow and slaves moved to Huntsville, Alabama, and then in 1823 moved to St. Louis, Missouri.

Deeds of Conveyance (see Madison County, Alabama, index below, for Deed Book Volume G, Page 163-165*):

Source - Madison County, Alabama, Records Center

Also in Madison County: 
Deed Book Vol G, pps 328-330, 1821
"  "  Vol H, pps 79-80  1821

*In Volume G, pps 163-165  Peter Blow provides security note for $2000 to John NS Jones
NW 1/4 of Sec 29 in Twp 3 R 1 W of Basis Meridian.  And slaves Luke, Will, a man named Sam and a boy named Dred, about age 16...a girl, Phillis, ca 17 yrs....Oakwood College now stands.

Details about the Dred Scott case are here at the Missouri Digital Heritage site.

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