President Obama acknowledged his mother's slave-owning ancestors in a March 4, 2007 speech at George C. Wallace Community College in Selma, Alabama.

John Overall (1735-1821) and his wife, the former Frances Whitledge (1732-1816) moved from Virginia to Bullitt Co., Kentucky, where both died. They were first cousins. Frances was the daughter of William and Frances (Overall) Whitledge of Prince William Co., Virginia. William, the father of Frances Whitledge, willed her slaves Ben and Nell. Frances pre-deceased husband John Overall.

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