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    1. [LA-FREEDMEN] "GF" = Griff/ used to describe "color" in slave schedule
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    3. http://search.ancestry.com/iexec?htx=View&r=an&dbid=8055&iid=LAM432_243-0256      Greetings list, while doing slave research in 1850's De Soto Louisiana, I came across "GF" as a term to describe some of the enslaved people. Not "B" for Black, or "M" for mulatto, but "GF". See link above, John Jordan, 2nd coloumn, and his neighbor designated a few people as "GF"s. Upon further research, I learned this term was used in the 1800's to describe a person's color as the following:    "The designation gf appears in the original census and is the symbol for the word griff.  This is a word used in early Louisiana to identify the "offspring of a negro (sic) and a mulatto."  If a person was too light to be a Negro and too dark to be a mulatto, they were considered a griff.  Paul Drake, J. D., A Dictionary of Historical Terms for Genealogists (Heritage Books, Inc., Bowie, Maryland, 1994) p. 107. http://www.us-census.org/pub-ftp/xla/desoto/1850/slave.txt      So I'm passing this information on in case anyone else comes across this abbreviation in their research.   ---April.

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