Our speculation is that Fannie Adkins born abt. 1815 was likely the daughter of an unknown mother who was daughter of Fannie Adkins born abt.1780; and chose to name her newborn daughter after her 35 year old grand-mother. At the time of the 1880 census, she was still essentially a domestic servant to the family of a young clerk in Richmond with whom she lived and was dependent upon as her master in post-reconstruction Virginia.
Black men in the Union forces helped liberate the tens of thousands of Black women in Richmond and vicinity but minds of most still belonged to their former masters able and willing to own land and all that entered upon it. Many women like Fannie below had skills that were bartered for a family and place to call home, ... household servants. Whether or not the below Fannie had any children, the fact remains that she was not dependent upon a Black man for her daily bread and directed her prayers for deliverance to an earthly lord named C.P. Walford.
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