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The Fiddler on Pantico Run by Joe Mozingo
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Kathy Stone This is a very good book for anyone interested in delving into their family history. Joe Mozingo starts out with a simple premise to find out what his last name actually means and where it comes from.The first recorded person in what would become the United States of America was an Edward Mozingo who successfully sued for his freedom in 1672 in Jamestown. This shows that even Africans had some power in the founding days of this New World before the slave codes were solidified. Edward then went on to marry a white woman named Margaret. These descendants were listed as Mulattoes and the historical record is not clear when the family became white.

Mozingo then takes multiple trips across the United States looking for relatives and other descendants. Some family is open to the idea that they may be descended from a freedman and others flat out deny that possibility. Mozingo is one of two African names that has lasted since Colonial times.

Mozingo finally takes two trips to Africa to find the origins of the name and discovers that it means "thread". The descriptions of the countryside he visits in every place he goes is magnificent. Most of his family did some kind of farming until his grandfather got an accounting degree and moved to California. Yes the entire family likes to be by themselves. There appear to be no extroverts in this clan. An interesting, observant fact brought out on one of Mozingos treks through family research.


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