Of my ancestry I know almost nothing. In the slave quarters, and even later, I heard whispered conversations among the coloured people of the tortures which the slaves, including, no doubt, my ancestors on my mother’s side, suffered in the middle passage of the slave ship while being conveyed from Africa to America.
Our greatest responsibility is to be good ancestors.
From our ancestors come our names, but from our virtues our honors.
A man who prides himself on his ancestry is like the potato plant, the best part of which is underground.
He who boasts of his ancestry praises the merits of another.
Great birth is a very poor dish at table.
Our ancestors are very good kind of folks; but they are the last people I should choose to have a visiting acquaintance with.
A great many family trees were started by grafting.
I didn’t come on the wrong side of the blanket.
He that boasteth of his ancestors, confesseth he hath no virtue of his own.