The search for a colored Indian slave woman... Stella!


Estella Riney

    My search for Stella has been a very challenging reward  in the search of finding my ancestors!  She was my Great Great Grandmother and she was a slave.  Just from looking at her picture I can see that she was a very strong and courageous woman.  I don't know a lot about her because there are only two of her grandchildren that I know of still living and I haven't been able to get a lot of information from them.  However, through papers and oral history being preserved by her Grandson Booker T. Upton, I have been able to put some stories together.  Stella has been the center of my search and has connected me with new found family, lots of travel to and from Texas, documents and soooooo much more.  I hope you'll enjoy reading this as much as I have enjoyed researching and putting it together. It has given me a sense of self and a desire to carry on the legacy for my lost but not forgotten ancestors.

    Stella was born December 11, 1854 and I'm not sure at this time if she was born in the "Blackjacks", but it is known that she lived and grew up there at a fairly young age.  She had three brothers and one sister according to relative Elaine Scott Booker, documented records  and a family register.



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