Ezekiel and Patsy

Yet, he remained silent. He wanted so much to be relieved of such burden. However, he wasn’t willing to reveal his secret, if it meant that all he had suffered was done in vain. He therefore, looked John Coe square in the eyes and began to speak:

“You have been very kind to your slaves, and I have found you to be a good and truthful man. I ought to be willing to trust you.”
But before Ezekiel could finish his sentence, John said with great earnestness, “You can trust me, and if you can locate Ransom, I have the money to pay for him and he can remain on my land as before.”

Jesse Ridings accepted the offer and John Coe paid him the money, completing the transaction. After a short period of time had gone by, and with all peaceful and quiet, Ezekiel and John happened upon Ransom in a little patch of woods about a mile from John Coe’s house. He was smiling and whistling as if nothing had ever happened. In doing what he did, it’s almost certain that John Coe had a personal bond with Ransom, in spite of his demeanor. After all, Ransom had been through the thick of things with him and his family. It all ended well, and the relationship between Ezekiel and John had survived the ordeal.

Samuel S. Coe wrote enough about Ezekiel in his “Chronicles of the Coe Colony” for one to get a good ideal about what was true, and what was not. He himself, may have hinted that he was only providing a part of the truth, when he wrote the following on page 138, of his book:

“The fact is that there are few people who want the truth; few are seeking the truth; most of them are depending on some other fellow to tell them about it; but, if they are not careful it will be as the Lord said in Matt 15: 13-14, “Every plant which my heavenly father hath not planted shall be rooted up.” Therefore, when he said that Ezekiel was John Coe’s slave, he was telling some folks what they wanted to hear. But with that said, Ezekiel’s fear of becoming a slave was real, and by that, it’s believed that he and his friend John Coe, made up the story that he was, to ease his concerns. However, in doing so, the notion was perpetuated to the point where everyone believed it to be true.

There were many social ills in Ezekiel’s past, none of which were of his doing. In all reality, he may have wanted to close his eyes to much of it and pretend that his past didn’t exist. But to hide something that really didn’t need hiding lends credence to something a bit more secretive? If his secret wasn’t the real reason that a mystery loomed over him and his wife to be, then it had to be she. It was previously stated that, Ezekiel and John Coe’s friendship was tested on a few occasions. By that, the second measure of their bond came in 1840, when John Coe took possession of a slave named Pasty.

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