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Walk With You

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Walk With You - The Story of Dred Scott and the Blow Family of Virginia Peter Seeger said right before he passed "The key to the future of the World is finding the positive story and let it be told". Walk With You - The Story of Dred Scott and the Blow Family of Virginia is a film that conveys Mr. Seeger's last thoughts.32399802_1535132086831704_r.jpeg
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Walk With You - The Story of Dred Scott and the Blow Family of Virginia
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BIRTHPLACE OF DRED SCOTT DISCOVERED

Dred Scott 1800 - 1857
Many historians consider the Dred Scott decision of 1857 a primary cause of the American Civil War.

There are two sources that connect Dred Scott's birthplace on the Ridley Plantation known as Rock Springs and Southampton County Virginia.

The March 1781 Will of Henry Taylor as found in records room of the Courthouse in Southampton County Virginia. Will Book 3 pages 326-327. Additionally described in Dred Scott's Virginia by Jeffrey Allen Hines, Publisher Services, Chicago, Illinois, 2012, pages 142 - 146.
The Blows of Yesteryear and America Saga by John and Ashton Le Bourgeois, Charlestown, South Carolina, 2012, page 4. Included in this book are the letters of Charlotte Blow, daughter of Peter and Elizabeth Taylor Blow.

Synopsis

Peter and Elizabeth Taylor Blow owned Dred Scott as a slave in Southampton County Virginia for the period 1800-1818, before moving to Alabama and later to St. Louis, Missouri.

Jeffrey A Hines indicated that the Ridley family of Southampton County owned 6 plantations in the 18th century that are all located and identified by the Southampton County Historical Society Bulletin 7, part B page 7, October 1997.

Rock Springs, was described as being located near Gum branch. Gum branch was part of the land where Peter and Elizabeth Blow lived in Virginia. Henry Taylor’s Will describes a Ridley Plantation on Gum branch. Henry was most probably the grandfather of Elizabeth Taylor Blow and the Etheldred was her father. Additionally, included in Henry’s Will were two slaves (Hann and Hannah) most likely the Mother and Grandmother of Dred Scott.

Charlotte Blow, was the daughter of Peter and Elizabeth (married 1800). Dred Scott, the son of Hannah and Solomon, was born around the time of Peter and Elizabeth Blow marriage. Charlotte described her mother and father as Peter brought no land to the marriage. Elizabeth inherited land from her father Etheldred and Uncle Henry, a well improved plantation about three miles north of the town of Capron.

Jeffrey A. Hines indicates that Rock Springs was the only Ridley plantation located in the area described in both the Will of Henry Taylor and Charlotte Blow’s letters.

Legal description: adjacent to Gum Branch which is included in the legal description of the 7 parcels of land Peter Blow purchased between 1805-1817.

Rock Springs

Built in the 18th century, at the time one of the grandest in Southampton County with large chimneys, ten rooms, four on the first floor with a large hallway. The hallway featured two circles on the ceiling with grape designs and lamps hung from each. On the second floor there were six rooms with a front stair leading to four and the back stair leading to the other two. The structure is no longer standing

Henry Taylor left his son Etheldred a Ridley Plantation. Etheldred died 1791. At that time, the Ridley Plantation, Rock Springs reverted back to Henry Taylor’s wife. Henry Taylor's wife died before the wedding of Peter and Elizabeth Taylor Blow which allowed the transfer of Rock Springs to the owners of Dred Scott.
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Dred Scott’s Virginia
In 1857, Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney, considered by historians to be an outstanding jurist along with a competent judicial administrator, with the stroke of his pen attempted to settle once and for all the status of slavery in this country. Taney issued the Dred Scott Decision in March of 1857. This is an attempt to tell the story of Dred Scott’s early life through the sparse records that are available. This book is currently being made into a movie entitled Walk With You – The Story of Dred Scott and the Blow Family of Virginia.

A limited supply of Dred Scott’s Virginia first edition is still available direct from the author. Please include your name and address with your request. We will send you an invoice that you can pay with a credit card or paypal. Please indicate if you would like Dred Scott’s Virginia signed and the name you wish included in the signing.

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Walk With You
Scene 18

Eliza
Cast Iron Stoves
Music: The River of Dreams by Billy Joel


FADE IN:

Mississippi River north of Missouri

In a noisy room near the boilers of the steamboat Gypsy, Dred and Harriet are huddled on the floor.

Harriet has just given birth to their third child Eliza.

The Scott’s first two boys died not long after being born.

DRED SCOTT
Just after the boat crossed the line where Negroes get changed from property to people.

FADE TO: Ft. Snelling, Minnesota Territory

HARRIET SCOTT (V.O.)
A supply of cast iron stoves is delivered to Fort Snelling as winter approaches.

Dr. Emerson asks for a stove for the Scott's.

The quartermaster turns him down, indicating there were not enough stoves left.

Dr. Emerson
You are a liar.

HARRIET SCOTT (V.O.)
A fight occurs. The quartermaster hitting Dr. Emerson between the eyes.

Emerson goes to get his pistol.

The commander of Fort Snelling, Major Plympton arrives

He disarms Dr. Emerson.

Dr. Emerson is placed under house arrest.

Fade To: Inside Dred and Harriet quarters at Ft. Snelling.
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