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Edgefield, S.C.

History | Genealogy | Genetic DNA

Through the stories of their ancestors Bush and Kemp take us on a compelling journey through African American history into the hearts of individual lives. In tracing their ancestral roots, these family historians discover their connections to some of the South's most powerful men, both famous and forgotten. The community at the heart of this historical study is Edgefield, South Carolina, yet the stories in this book form a microcosm of events experienced by black communities throughout the South. An enslaved maternal line is traced to 1799; hopes are raised, then dashed, when a family of freedmen acquire land after the Civil War, only to later lose it; the "Dark Corner" of Edgefield is exposed. Shining a bright, sometimes uncomfortable light, deep truths are unearthed through DNA results and new family is found.


Follow the authors through years of meticulous genealogical research, historical settings, and DNA testing as they reclaim their family stories and inspire others to embark on their own journey of discovery.


By leaving no stone unturned, these family historians show how they overcame the brick walls of slavery.

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Edgefield is a town and the county seat of Edgefield County in South Carolina. Edgefield County is located on the western border of South Carolina, along the Savannah River, across from Augusta, Georgia.
Edgefield District was formed in 1785 from the Old Ninety-Six Dist...

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Bush and Kemp are not the first authors to write about Edgefield. There Is Something About Edgefield is the latest book about this unique and distinctive place in South Carolina.



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