This is truly one of my favorite genealogical discoveries. My fourth great-grandfather, Harry Batiste, is listed as having parents born in Africa. He is the only one on this census with parents that were born in Africa. I was able to locate him in future census records with the same in information.
Many African Americans who want to know their family history, long to find their “Kunta Kinte.” I may not have found my “African” ancestor, but I found my link to my African ancestors, and it is clear that Harry Batiste is “pure” African from the information he provided. I am unsure if he was born in Africa. His census records have various births for him.