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    African American Ohio river pilots early 1800s

    I am researching 2 brothers that were River pilots. They resided in New Albany, IN. Both were wealthy, built brick homes, and supposedly had their own boats and piloted steamboats. Supposedly, Jesse piloted the Etna which wrecked and was called Etna point. Joshua was called “yellow Wilson “ by white people that knew him.
    Does anyone know if there would be official records regarding river boat pilots? I know a little based upon 1 newspaper article I found. Thank you! Tina
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