I found part of the journal difficult to read but understand that the language used was regional and acceptable at that time and that it was not written to be read by the public at large. I had long suspected that there was non white blood in our line from Ruth Persinger but I always assumed that it was Native American and not black. Do you know if her mother was a slave? Is there any other evidence about her racial background? Was Ruth the sister of the Sara Persinger mentioned in the journal? Is the Polly mentioned Mary Persinger? I had heard that Ruth Persinger Humphries was a midwife and folk healer so found the stories about her interesting.