I researched this Black Furman family per a query someone posted about a news article of Elizabeth (James) Furman celebrating her 94th birthday posted in the Easton Express Feb. 20, 1940 and I thought I would share what I found with all.For the most part and from the photograph this family lived amongst white neighbors and in some census inf. are listed as mulatto.I can send the article to anyone with an interest in this family, it includes the photograph of Elizabeth (James) Furman.I love tracing family histories.Marilyn
Here is the history I found.
Here is their marriage in Hunterdon: Name: Abram C. Firman (abt age 27 per census) Spouse: Lizzie D. James (abt age 16 per census) Marriage Date: 13 Aug 1862 County: Hunterdon State: NJ
And the census information:
1850 United States Federal Census Name: Elizabeth James Age: 3 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1847 Birth Place: New Jersey Race: Black Gender: Female Home in 1850(City,County,State): Greenwich, Warren, New Jersey Household Members: Name Age Abraham James 39 Catharine James 36 Alfred James 17 Moses James 15 William James 11 George James 8 Ann James 5 Elizabeth James 3
1860 United States Federal Census Name:Abraham Forman aka FERMAN/FURMAN/FIRMAN/Freeman Age in 1860:27 Birth Year:abt 1833 Birthplace:New Jersey Home in 1860: Greenwich, Warren, New Jersey Race: Black Gender: Male Post Office: Phillipsburg Household Members:NameAge James Hulshizer 56 farmer Lydia Hulshizer 50 Marcella Brady 16 servant Abraham Forman 27 farm labor
1900 United States Federal Census about Elizabeth Ferman Name: Elizabeth Ferman Home in 1900: Greenwich, Warren, New Jersey Age: 54 Birth Date: Feb 1846 Birthplace: New Jersey Race: Black Ethnicity: American Gender: Female Relationship to Head of House: Wife Father's Birthplace: New Jersey Mother's Birthplace: New Jersey Mother: number of living children: 5 Mother: How many children: 7 Spouse's Name: Abraham Marriage Year: 1870--really 1862 Marital Status: Married Years Married: 30 Residence : Greenwich Township, Warren, New Jersey Occupation: View on Image Household Members: Name Age Abraham Ferman 65 Elizabeth Ferman 54 Joseph Ferman 13
In 1870 here they are, but not in Greenwich:
1870 United States Federal Census about Abraham Furman Name:Abraham Furman Estimated Birth Year: abt 1837 Age in 1870: 33 Birthplace: New Jersey Home in 1870:Newark Ward 10, Essex, New Jersey Race:White NO, CENSUS PAGE SAYS MULATTO Gender:Male Post Office:Newark Household Members:Name Age Abraham Furman 33 , teamster Elisabeth Furman 24 Laura Furman 2 Clara Furman 4/12
I could not find them in 1880, but am sure they are listed and I wonder if the marriage date of 1862 should be 1865-1868 and was transcribed incorrectly?
In the article Elizabeth says her husband, Abraham died 15 years prior, ca 1925, but does not say where, perhaps in Greenwich, Warren County, NJ.