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Aunt Granny Hafford - former slave

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Aunt Granny Hafford - former slave

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Posted elsewhere on Rootsweb Hafford site.

I am posting this here in hopes that it may be helpful to someone. It is not my family and I have very little additional information. I did not find Sarah or any Hafford listed in the Monroe County (IN) Cemetery Indices. I did find Sarah, age 105, enumerated with Elizabeth Caldwell, age 40, in the 1900 Monroe County, Indiana, census. Enumerated nearby was a Moses Hafford, age 65.

Bloomington (IN) Weekly Courier, Feb 20, 1912, p. 2.

Aunt Granny Hafford Who Lived During Colonial Days Expired at Age 116

A negress of slave days, "Aunt Granny Hafford" died sunday at the home of her daughter in this city, and her age is estimated at from 112 to 116 years.
The woman kept a sack which contained 116 peach seeds and each one, she said, represented a year of her life.

She was born in Richmond, Virginia, and was sold into slavery seven different times. She had told her children many times that she had seen George Washington, the father of his county, and that she was well acquainted with the butler who waited on Washington. She was the mother of 17 children, but was able to account for only ten of them, declaring that the others had been lost track of through slave dealing. Her husband, she said, was a slave and ran away because he objected to being whipped by his master, and which caused her to lose track of him.
She said her first owner was Col. Archer, near Macon, Georgia, and her last, Col. Hafford, near Monticello, Kentucky.

The funeral will be held at the Eighth Street Baptist Church at two o'clock Tuesday in charge of the Rev. Porter.
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