Garveys of Color
There was a John Garvey that fought in the Civil War in the 95th Regiment of the United States Colored Troops. The 95th Regiment saw action at Brazos Santiago, Point Isabel, Brownsville, Arkansas Pass and other points in Texas until November, 1864. It was consolidated with the87th United States Colored Troops November 26, 1864. I don't haveany information about which state he was from.
The 1870 census shows a couple of Garvey families listed as "Black" (which apparently was just a judgement call on the part of the census taker) in or near Charleston, SC - as do the Freedman's Bank records. There were also a few black Garveys in North Carolina. I haven't been able to connect those places for certain with any slave owning Garvey families. The 1880 census shows black Garveys in Louisiana - and a couple more families in Missouri that were born in Louisiana. There were also a few still around Charleston, SC, and some in Georgia, Mississippi, Kentucky, and New York.
Another black Garvey familiy in the 1880 census was in Bismarck, Dakota Territory (now part of North Dakota). The only other Garvey (white or black) within a couple of hundred miles of Bismarck lived right in Bismarck also. It was my great-grandfather James W Garvey. I love to know if there was a story there.
Does anybody have any more information about African American Garveys?
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