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Enclaves of African American families were developed in the area. Although, to date, no existing homes or structures of this period have been identified as having been farms and/or ranches, it is known that over 70 cattle and/or livestock brands were registered between 1852 and 1930. This would appear to indicate that African Americans were farming as they had sufficient livestock to brand. In addition, a number of African American cemeteries have been located throughout the county. It is assumed that these cemeteries were in the proximity of the African American settlements.
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The Monken family and their descendants can trace their family history and heritage back to the early German immigrants into...