Barack Obama's Ancestors Owned Slaves

Barack Obama's Ancestors Owned Slaves

There are 76 comments on the Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter story from Mar 2, 2007, titled Barack Obama's Ancestors Owned Slaves. In it, Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter reports that:

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anonymous1

Derry, NH

#27 Nov 19, 2007
Sure the war's bad but remember that Islam owned slaves, who they often CASTERATED and compared to ANIMALS. And STILL own slaves in some parts over there. When BEING raped is a CRIME you KNOW there is something fundamentally WRONG with that civilization.

Since: Sep 07

Location hidden

#28 Nov 19, 2007
And this matters because...???

Since: Sep 07

Memphis, TN

#29 Nov 19, 2007
Ashley wrote:
I'm not exactly sure if this is true or not with Obama's ancestors, but it is VERY possible. After all....there were A LOT of Africans who owned slaves and still do until this very day. Think I'm lying? Better ask one of your African classmates or one on the streets.
You got it flip side, Slave owners owned slave. Blacks in AMerica are the offspring of them, so yes. Our anscestor owned slaves. Got it

“Proud of my African Heritage”

Since: Oct 07

New York

#30 Nov 19, 2007
allaroundtheworld wrote:
<quoted text>
You got it flip side, Slave owners owned slave. Blacks in AMerica are the offspring of them, so yes. Our anscestor owned slaves. Got it
Precisely
Eddy Smegma

Troy, NY

#31 Nov 20, 2007
Actually, there are only three presidents in the modern era who could prove definitely that none of their ancestors (on either side of the family) ever owned black slaves. John F. Kennedy (obviously); Eisenhower, Pennsylvania Germans who moved to Texas in the 1880s; and Nixon, early Quaker and Methodist settler to California.

And then there was Jimmy Carter. LOL!!! Almost ALL his ancestors were slavers!

“lol”

Since: Sep 07

Miami

#32 Nov 20, 2007
Is he a waSwahili from his father? If he is, then they might have been slave-owners. The Swahili have lived on the coast, are all Muslims, and all claim to be descended from an Arab/Persian patrilineage in order to orient themselves more with the Islamic heritage (whatever that means). They were the ones historically involved in the massive slave trade that went and grabbed true blooded Africans from the interior, and then sold them all over the Indian Ocean scenario. Today of course, they face discrimination in the independent African countries due to their obvious self-hate complex.

The Swahili language is however a Bantu family language due to its basic syntax and grammar. It was commonly mistaken as a creole language of Arabic, Farsi, Hindi and local African languages. However that myth has been taken out recently as it has been shown that Swahili language was around before the trades started. Swahili overtime has incorporated a lot of Arabic and Farsi and Hindi into its vocabulary, but the basic syntax of the language is still Bantu. Its like English is a Germanic language although a lot of its words are loan-words from Latin-derived languages.
Janet Ruth

Astoria, NY

#33 Nov 24, 2007
wahabi shittu wrote:
<quoted text>
Hi, Ashley do you really think that Obams's ancestors stii owned slaves? To me I do not think so because Obama father was black man who married a beautiful white woman. I don't see anything wrong with that. Do you have any problem with that Ashley?
Did you consider that maybe Obama's white mother may have had great great grandfather who owned slaves, and that slave owner would have been Obama's ancestor?
Harrison Thomas LaTour

United States

#34 Dec 12, 2007
Presidential Candidate -- Barack Hussein Obama Jr.
Posted by: Harrison LaTour (ID *****8771) Date: August 05, 2007 at 09:03:17
of 296

Presidential Family Trees - LaTour Genealogical Collection
http://kingharry.ourprofile.org/My_Homepage_F...

Presidential Candidate -- Barack Hussein Obama Jr. is the third (3rd) Great-Grandson of Jacob Mackey Dunham.

http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm....

Name: Jacob Mackey Dunham
Sex: M
Birth: 7 MAY 1824 in BERKELEY COUNTY, VIRGINIA, UNITED STATES
Death: 1907 in OKMULGEE, OKMULGEE COUNTY, OKLAHOMA, UNITED STATES

Father: Jacob Dunham b: 1 JUN 1795 in BERKELEY COUNTY, VIRGINIA, UNITED STATES
Mother: Catherine Goodnight b: 1794 in MONTGOMERY COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, UNITED STATES

Marriage 1 Louisa Eliza Stroup b: 8 OCT 1837 in MADISON COUNTY, OHIO, UNITED STATES
Married: 21 JUL 1853 in TIPTON COUNTY, INDIANA, UNITED STATES

Children:

Jacob William Dunham b: 7 FEB 1863 in KEMPTON, TIPTON COUNTY, INDIANA, UNITED STATES
Jeptha Dunham b: 13 JUN 1857 in KEMPTON, TIPTON COUNTY, INDIANA, UNITED STATES

Harrison Thomas LaTour
LaTour Genealogical Research Services
http://www.geocities.com/latourresearchservic...

“khamsa ou khamis”

Since: Dec 07

Brooklyn, New York

#35 Dec 12, 2007
So what if his mother's ancestors owned slaves? As African Americans... we really cant point fingers seeing as how many of our ancestors or sperm donors (however you want to look at it) where slave masters. And if you are from Louisiana... some prominent black families even owned slaves!

I mean, I personally am not going to vote for Obama... but unlike the creator of this thread... my reasons are valid political ones. This on the other hand is what you would call "mudslinging"
Would You Know

AOL

#36 Dec 13, 2007
wahabi shittu wrote:
Obama is more like his father Because I red his second book that he wrote. Some of the pages that I red said great thing about his father, and also about himself. The book is great!!!
You red his book? hahahahaha. This world is in trouble. hahahahahahaha. Obama's ancestors did own slaves because BLACKS own slaves. That's nothing new and they have the gall to accuse whites when they do it.
Janet Ruth

New York, NY

#37 Jan 10, 2008
Yolanda wrote:
<quoted text>
That is a crazy comment. I am brown skinned, about the same complexion as Obama. I don't have a nose ring "or" kinky hair and BOTH of my parents are black.
Do I have to look like militant black panther members from Harlem to be considered "black"? I should think not.
Obama simply looks like a "clean cut" black man. Nothing else.
So true what you said,I was thinking the same thing,that Obama if on just seeing him without knowing of his biracial background,one would not wonder"is he biracial"?
no I would just take him for a regular somewhat light skinned black person who maybe had some white mixture from a generation or two back, because, as in how you discribe yourself,Obama does have some white features in his facial structure,if you look at him good,but his looks don't lean enough towards white that if one did not know that he was biracial,one would suspect that he probably was. Of course there are many biracial blacks who inherited predominantly, their black parent's features,and don't look like they are mixed with their other white parent at all(not saying that Obama does not look mixed).

“My life my Jesus”

Since: Nov 07

Highland

#38 Jan 10, 2008
Name someone's ancestors who has not owned slaves???
Chaz

Durham, NC

#39 Feb 17, 2008
I frankly don't care if Obama's ancestors owned slaves or if Obama is half white and half black. Who cares? I just want to hear more from him than pep rally speeches. I want to hear him debate with Hillary more. I want to hear him get more detailed with his proposals. What difference does it make about his race or what his ancestors did?(BTW I am a die hard Hillary fan).
Harrison Thomas LaTour

Crescent, OK

#40 Feb 18, 2008
Shirley Ann Dunham, born November 27, 1942 was the mother of Barack Hussein Obama Jr., born August 4, 1961. She married Barack Hussein Obama Sr., 1960, in Hawaii, United States. She was the great-great grandaughter of Jacob Mackey Dunham, born May 7, 1824. He was born a Virginian and a long-time Tipton County, Indiana resident who settled in Kansas and then moved and died in Oklahoma.

1850 United States Federal Census

Name: Jacob Dunham
Age: 24
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1826
Birth Place: Virginia
Gender: Male
Home in 1850(City,County,State): Prairie, Tipton, Indiana
Household Members: Name Age
Household Members: Name Age
Jacob Dunham 55
Catharine Dunham 56
Jacob Dunham 24
Amos Dunham 20
Samuel Dunham 18
Mary Dunham 16
David Dunham 12

**********

1860 United States Federal Census

Name: Jacob Dunham
Age in 1860: 36
Birth Year: abt 1824
Birthplace: Virginia
Home in 1860: Prairie, Tipton, Indiana
Gender: Male
Post Office: Tipton
Value of real estate: View Image
Household Members: Name Age
Jacob Dunham 36
Louisa Dunham 22
David H Dunham 6
Leptha Dunham 3
Catharine Dunham 5.12

**********

1870 United States Federal Census

Name: Jacob Dunham
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1823
Age in 1870: 47
Birthplace: Virginia
Home in 1870: Jefferson, Tipton, Indiana
Family and neighbors: View Results
Race: White
Gender: Male
Value of real estate: View Image
Post Office: Utersburg
Household Members: Name Age
Jacob Dunham 47
Louisa Dunham 31
David Dunham 16
Jeptha Dunham 13
Catharine Dunham 10
Jacob Dunham 7
Joseph Dunham 4
Catharine Dunham 74

**********

1880 United States Federal Census

Name: Jacob M. Dunham
Home in 1880: MT Pleasant, Labette, Kansas
Age: 55
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1825
Birthplace: Virginia
Relation to Head of Household: Self (Head)
Spouse's Name: Louiza
Father's birthplace: Virginia
Mother's birthplace: Pennsylvania
Neighbors: View others on page
Occupation: Farmer
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Gender: Male
Cannot read/write:

Blind:

Deaf and dumb:

Otherwise disabled:

Idiotic or insane: View Image
Household Members: Name Age
Jacob M. Dunham 55
Louiza Dunham 41
Jacob W. Dunham 17
Joseph Dunham 14
Samuel Dunham 9
Jeptha Dunham 22
Marthy A. Dunham 23

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Oklahoma Territorial Census, 1890 and 1907

Name: Jacob M. Dunham
Gender: Male
Age: 65
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1825
Birthplace: Virginia
Relationship: Head
Family Number: 476
Race: White
City or Township: Oklahoma City
County: Oklahoma
State: Oklahoma
Census Year: 1890
Years in US: 65
Line: 13
Household Members: Name Age
Jacob M. Dunham 65
Louisa Dunham 53
Joseph Dunham 24
Samuel Dunham 19
Mary M Dunham 8

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1900 United States Federal Census

Name: Joseph Dunham
[Jacob Dunham]
Home in 1900: Kickapoo, Lincoln, Oklahoma
Age: 74
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1826
Birthplace: West Virginia
Relationship to head-of-house: Head
Spouse's Name: Louisa
Race: White
Occupation: View Image
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members: Name Age
Joseph Dunham 74
Louisa Dunham 62

Since: Feb 08

Location hidden

#41 Feb 18, 2008
So what?
Baracks Slaves

Carmel, IN

#42 May 1, 2008
His Grandparents in kempton indiana where white. His grandparents are white not african..
allaroundtheworld wrote:
<quoted text>
You got it flip side, Slave owners owned slave. Blacks in AMerica are the offspring of them, so yes. Our anscestor owned slaves. Got it

Since: Jan 07

Fort Worth, TX

#43 May 5, 2008
HERE IS A LINK TO OBAMA GENEALOGY

http://www.gencircles.com/users/joannsovelenk...

He is related to Sen. John McCain, Sen. Hillary Clinton, Gov. Mike Huckabee, Gov. Mitt Romney and most of the United States Presidents.

“Your Name is upon me Father”

Since: Sep 07

Blessed am i.

#44 May 5, 2008
baad indyan wrote:
Is he a waSwahili from his father? If he is, then they might have been slave-owners. The Swahili have lived on the coast, are all Muslims, and all claim to be descended from an Arab/Persian patrilineage in order to orient themselves more with the Islamic heritage (whatever that means). They were the ones historically involved in the massive slave trade that went and grabbed true blooded Africans from the interior, and then sold them all over the Indian Ocean scenario. Today of course, they face discrimination in the independent African countries due to their obvious self-hate complex.
The Swahili language is however a Bantu family language due to its basic syntax and grammar. It was commonly mistaken as a creole language of Arabic, Farsi, Hindi and local African languages. However that myth has been taken out recently as it has been shown that Swahili language was around before the trades started. Swahili overtime has incorporated a lot of Arabic and Farsi and Hindi into its vocabulary, but the basic syntax of the language is still Bantu. Its like English is a Germanic language although a lot of its words are loan-words from Latin-derived languages.
Obama's father was LUO..they are river lake nilotes found in Western Kenya...i bet the closest they have come to owning slaves is ripping off a page from some slave book :)
Obama supporter

Philadelphia, PA

#45 Jul 16, 2008
Pleas remind these fools that Obama's Father was African and his mother is white, That why he is light skinned, Get off the color stuff people and give the man a chance to make this a better country!!
Bonnie wrote:
Do you really think it is possible to research Obama's ancestry in a short length of time. I cuss everytime I see something listed on one of the Genealogy rip-offs. Theie incorrect research gets written in stone and you just can't even correct it with rock solid proof. Hope Obama gets someone certified and then push for proof before he believes this fly-by-night genealogist.
SOVELENKO

Granbury, TX

#46 Aug 21, 2008
Sovelenko wrote:
HERE IS A LINK TO OBAMA GENEALOGY
http://www.gencircles.com/users/joannsovelenk...
He is related to Sen. John McCain, Sen. Hillary Clinton, Gov. Mike Huckabee, Gov. Mitt Romney and most of the United States Presidents.
Here is an updated link.
http://www.gencircles.com/users/joannsovelenk...

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