File District #6
Copied Clark County
1/15/41 Racial Group.
Ex-slave, age unknown.
" I wuz bawn en raised ter er young man in Nawth Cah'lina.
Yes-sir, Almance County wuz where I come from, jes' three miles
"Funny thing is; me en my young miss, en her cousin Cunnel
Willum Johnson who's en Washin'ton now, wuz all bawn de same night;
en my grandmother wuz midwife fer all three of us. She says I
wuz de runt of em all, en she cud a put me en er quart cup when I
"My father, Josh Rodgers, my mother Margarette, en my grand
mother en grandfather, en a whole passel of us folks wuz raised
with Squire Billy Rodgers en Miss Polly Rodgers. She cum right
fum Holland, pure Dutch, en er wuker en manager, if de ebber wuz
one. She'd get out en de fiel' en cut wheat en swing dat cradle
jes' lak er man."
"Dey wuz two girls, my sisters, Julia en Maria, en dey he'p
ten' Miss Trella en Miss Louise, de young misses."
"Squire he had er big plantation: fact is he had two of em.
He wuz good, en de slaves fum Jedge Rucker's plantation uster come
over en wuk fer squire. Jedge Rucker, he had so many slaves he
nebber knowed how many he did have, en too, he did'en feed em as good
as Old Marse done. But dem two nebber los' no frien'ship bout it,
en dey had dey stillhouse togedder. Us had de mos' peaches en apples