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...Continuing research on the descendants of Smart Beasley of
Africa. Smart was the great-grandfather of Mable and Josephine McPherson, Joseph Small, Mary Mann, Martha Byrd, Susie Johnson, Gussie Biddings, Naomi Hall, Alberta Lewis, Beaulah Collins and others.

I will update as I get additional information. I will be visiting the area(s) that Smart and his family lived, worked and died, the week of September 5, 2005. I will be visiting the Sink Hole and Brier Patch areas (if they are still there). As I recall from oral history the Martin's were somehow connected to an Indian tribe. I have identified a tribe named Craotan that lived in the Sink Hole area of Bulloch County at the same time as the Beasley's. The Croatan are currently working to become established as a legitimate tribe. Since there was a lot inter-mingling, the government does not wish to recognize them as true Indian. They are now called Lumbee Indians and they are in great numbers near Sampson, NC.

Perhaps we should begin to think reunion....more as all is verified.

Martin-Beasley-McPherson Families Ga and SC
Updated August 29, 2005

Mary Alice McPherson

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