Parents of Charles Robbins born 1877 in North Carolina?

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race/color of the parents of Charles Robbins born in North Carolina 1877 include Native.
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Hi - This is Melinda again - On the earlier Census's there was not a "native American" or "Indian" option for "race" - it was either "white", "black", or "mulatto".  "Black" did not necessarily mean "African American" - it was just referring to the color of their skin.  And "mulatto" did not nescessarily mean a mixture of "white" and "African American."

The Census taker used their own "opinion" of the "color" of a person, which is why sometimes on one Census they will be described as "mulatto", and on another "black".

In other words, a person identified as "black" on an early Census could have been "African American" or "Native American". or any race that had darker skin.

I hope this helps you in your search.  Sincerely, Melinda
by Melinda A G2G6 Mach 1 (14.4k points)

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