|CHAPTER X. -- STILL ANOTHER SOUTHERN HOUSEHOLD.|
Q. --" Have you any other children?"
A. --"Yes; three others. I been in Cincinnati near twelve years. Three years after I came there, I married Mr. Picquet, my husband."
Q. --"Is he a white man or colored?"
A. --"He's a mulatto. His mother is orown skin, and his father white, and that makes a mulatto, you know."
Q. --"Who was his father?"
A. --"He was a Frenchman, in Georgia. He bought my husband's mother, and live with her public. I knew all about it there, before I left Georgia. She had four other children beside my husband."
Q. --"Were they all slaves?"
A. --"Yes. They all belong to Mr. Picquet, but he never uses them as slaves. They are his children."
Q. --"How did they get free?"
A. --"Why, when he got married, he sent them all to Cincinnati, the mother and five children. It would be unpleasant for them all to stay there together (i.e., his wife, and concubine and her children)."
Q. --"Had your husband ever been married before?"
A. --"Yes; he married a slave-woman there."
Q. --"How do the slaves get married?"
A. --"In a general way they ask the owners, and the owner says yes; and they get married."
Q. --"Do they have a minister to marry them out on the plantations?"
A. --"No; not one out of three plantations. They ask the master, and then have little bit of frolic, and sometimes they don't have that."