File District # 6
Copied Clark County
1-15-41 Racial Group
Ex-Slave, 86 years.
"I was bawn en Mason County, Kaintucky, en my father en mother
wuz Isaac en Ann Ringo."
"Us belonged ter John French, en he diden' have many slaves. He
jes' had Eran Smith, en mother en six of us chillun, me, Bill, Harriet,
Henry, Eddie, en Milford."
"Father was give his freedom, en he try ter git us en slip us a-
way, but dey caught on ter him, en would'nt let him come a near any more."
"French had a fair plantation; I reckon dey wuz bout 300 acres.
He raised tobacker, wheat en cawn, en all de vegetables us used, en hogs
en some cattle."
"His house wuz er eight room, weather boarded log cabin. He had
two girls en one boy."
"Our cabin diden' set fur fum de house, en Eran's cabin wuz right
close ter our'n. Dat cabin wuzn't comfu'table a tall."
"I'd up at four in de mornin's, and when de weather wuz good fer
de cows ter sleep out en er pasture, I'd go drive em en fer ter milk.
Many de time I'd stan' en er cow bed ter wahmn my feet. Us diden' git but
one pair of shoes er year, en dey had ter las' us when de winter set en."
"I member when de Yankee sojer's wuz campin' roun Minerva, Kaintucky
six of em come up ter de big house one day, en put dey hosses en er stable,
en feeds em, en den dey lays roun' on er grass. Finely, dey got up offen er