My Great Great Grandfather Aaron Munlin in his own words..
I was born in he state of South Carolina, Marion county, January 31, in the
year of 1848, and was a slave of Mr. Neale McCray, and together
with mother and one brother and two sisters was brought. to Georgia
in February, 1856. I became acquainted with trouble from a small child. I remember when my father and mother separated, hearing them grieving and crying it made me very sad, and when ever I think about it, it brings the same sadness of mind. I never saw Father any more, nor my grandmother and many of our dear kindred that we parted from I've met no more this side of the grave; but since
freedom I have been back to the old state, have seen two of mother's
Sisters and brothers and a few of my people that we parted from in
1856. I remember well when coming to Georgia on the train
my mother was crying and taking on, and that a white man wanted
to know her trouble. After she had told him, he, said to her, "Don't
fret Auntie, don't fret; you will find good friends in Georgia," and
I must say he told the truth. It seems like all the people, both white
and Colored, took a liking to us, and all the time that we were Slaves
we got along very well.
I'll refer to some of the places that I was hired to work while I
was a slave. The first place was to Mr. Richard Gay, for about three
months in 1856, in Emlmuel county. I worked with Mr. Owen Gibson in 1860, in Bulloch county; with Mr. William Aycock!.in 1861 also
in Bulloch county. I worked with Mr. William Stringer in 1862, at
that time in Bulloch county, now in Jenkins county; with Mr. David Bell in Bulloch county in 1863; with Mr. William B. Hendrix in 1864
"in Bulloch county, also with Mr. Allen Hooks in 1865 in Emanuel
county. It was here at this last mentioned place that I was at work
when the news came to me that I was free.