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originally posted by: CIAGypsy
a reply to: pteridine
You are talking about Samuel Ball. I don't necessarily agree with that assumption. While it could be true, it is also known that Samuel Ball participated in the Revolution. Who's to say that he didn't earn his money from that participation? or from piracy or other intrigues? I think it's rather limiting to assume that a black man in the late 1700s could not possibly have become wealthy in his own right without stumbling on hidden treasure.