Recently Kentucky Ancestors carried a remarkable story written by Edwin Burrows
Smith. It concerns a man and wife who, in the first half of the 19th century,
bought the freedom of 107 slaves! Paul and Susannah Mitchem were not wealthy,
but they did own 450 acres in Virginia. They had lived there for fifty years.
They were getting older, they were childless and of modest means. But they had
a grand vision. They moved first to North Carolina and then to Kentucky. In
1814 Paul and Susannah sent 49 slaves whom they had bought to William Vinsett
who took them to Indiana and freedom.

They then sold their Kentucky land and
moved to Indiana where they emancipated another 21. After Paul’s death his wife
freed another 11. Adding to this the number of earlier emancipations it is
reckoned that that one couple bought and set free 107 slaves!

Isn’t it amazing what two ordinary people with extraordinary convictions can
do? Yet Jesus, a penniless carpenter, freed more slaves than the Mitchems. He
freed us all! It cost Him His life! “For you know it was not with
perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed…but with the
precious blood of Christ.” (I Peter 1:18,19)

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About The Author

Robert Shannon, a retired preacher living in North Carolina, began preaching at the age of 16. He has preached in churches in Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, and Florida, his longest ministry at First Christian Church of Largo Florida. Now in semi-retirement, he has preached regularly for churches in North Carolina and Tennessee. He has also contributed to kingdom work as a missionary to Eastern Europe and as a Bible College professor. He is past-president of the North American Christian Convention. Bob is the author or co-author of several books.

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