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I found the following information on familysearch.org. It is a FREE website..you will have to register to search or to see all of the following. I hope they are your family. I could not find any information about Thomas's first wife Ann. In Thomas Jr's marriage record it states that he was born in Maryland. I also found a possible family that was listed in the 1790 Census in Maryland. I also found a Thomas Gant who was in the Civil War who was age 32 in 1863...could that possibly be Thomas's son who came back to the states during the Civil War...Good Luck in your search. I hope this has helped. You could also try Ancestry.com..it is a pay site but they do give a two week free trial.
Found Thomas's resting place in Canada on findagrave.com
Marriage of son Thomas Gant in Canada ...1862
marriage of son Caleb Gant in Canada ..1881
Canada Census...1851 https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MWT3-73R
Canada Census...1861 https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MQWC-X72
This is a possible in the 1790 Maryland census...a Gant family with Thomas listed as 12 years old
Thank you so much for the help Alice. I didn't realize I would have some help with this so soon and from History Hub. We have been to the Negro Cemetery and have pictures so that is correct info. I have done a lot of research here in Canada but didn't ever see that Caleb was married. He must have been married earlier as well as he is listed as a widower. There is a wealth of info in his marriage info.
Thomas Gant though is not my Thomas Gant family.Thomas Jr. married Maud Gunnis. They all lived in the Albermarle Twp. near Wiarton, Ont. and there were no Thomases (if that's a word) who were old enough to be in the Civil War, and the Sr. Thomas, married to Jenet (or Janet) was too old by then..
Thank you again, this has been very helpful. I wish I had found this site sooner.
I will look up the Maryland Census also, haven't done that yet. I originally found the Gants in the 1851 Canadian Census in Grey Cty.Ont. This surprised me as I don't think my grandmother knew they had come over on the UG Railroad. She had just told me that her father was black, mother was white, and she thought her father was from "the West Indies". I figured out from the ages of all the Gants in that Census (about 20 or so) that was what happened as some of the very young ones had been born in CW and most of the rest in the USA.
Thanks again, Bev Lee
Dear Ms. Lee,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
To begin your research, we suggest that you review the National Archives African American Research website, the FamilySearch Research wiki on African American Resources for South Carolina and North Carolina as well as the document Federal Records that Help Identify Former Slaves and Slave Owners.
The South Carolina Department of Archives and History has resources that you may search for African American genealogy including, but not limited to, records of slave census schedules, federal and state census, free negro capitation tax books, manumission, South Carolina Land Commission, wills, and military records. We also suggest that you search the University of North Carolina Slave Database for any reference to the Thomas Gant family.
Lastly, we searched online and located several websites and other publications that might be of relevance to the Gant’s path on the Underground Railroad. They include:
- The National Park Service’s Network to Freedom
- The Underground Railroad - Freedom in Canada
- Underground Railroad - HISTORY
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!
Thank you so much for the information re numerous websites. I will certainly look these up.