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A. Rigmaiden

Lake Charles Louisiana May 6, 1893

Mr. McDonald Furman

Ramsey, South Carolina

Dear Sir

in reply to yours 1st of April1893 I will state that I am unable to tell you how the name Redbone originated for the people who were called Redbone’s, but I think the Negroes were the first to give them that name. As they (the Negroes) has no use or love for them and they do not like the Negroes any better. I suppose you know the kind of people who are called Redbone’s, they are neither white nor black and as well as I can find out the oldest ones came from South Carolina many years ago. There are great many of them in this parish and in Rapides and barn in parishes in this state and a good many in Texas to. Some of these people are as good citizens as anybody and some are rascally and treacherous but you will find that among any people but I think these are the most treacherous when they take a dislike to anyone. I will give you the names of some of the principal and oldest families that I know they are-

Ashworth-Goins-Perkins-Nash-Drake-Hoozer-Sweat-Buxton-Doyle or Doil or Dial-Johnson-Esclavant-these people keep pretty well together and Mary among themselves mostly. But occasionally a white man or woman marries among them but if they do it is generally a low class of white people-it is a very unpleasant to live about these people, for this reason, they are not looked on as being-Negros-Indians nor white people and as this is a white peoples country, that they (the white people) don’t put themselves on equality, socially, with any other people except white people-although some of these people are perfect gentleman and ladies and well educated I think they get along exceedingly well and peaceably, and tittering all of these drawbacks I have giving you as near the fax as I am able to trustee it will give you the desired information

yours truly

Rigmaiden