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“Of course you have heard that I was free born”
Kitty Carr (1815-1904)
Born free in Spotsylvania, Virginia to a Frenchman named Truell and a freed woman, Kitty Carr was given away by her mother to the family of Mr. Edmond Winston at the age of seven. The family moved to Montgomery County, Tennessee the next year. As she grew older, she found love with an enslaved man named Horace (Johnson) Carr.
Because of this marriage, many overseers sought to rip away her status as a freed person. Her only hope was a white man named Dick Blount, a local Esquire. Although drunk on the day Kitty and her husband Horace approached his house, he eventually sobered up and created the legal paperwork for her to stay a freed person.
Kitty and her husband eventually owned a cabin near Port Royal, TN where she supported her husband and family by taking on multiple jobs including spinning and weaving textiles, selling ginger sakes, and working as a midwife and nurse. Because of her efforts, her husband Horace was also able to succeed in becoming an ordained revered through the Red River Baptist Church in Adams, TN ten years before the Civil War.
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