2012 Garrett, Neely, & Sullivan Family Reunion: "There's no place like home"

"The Garrett, Neely, and Sullivan families first came together in Laurens County, South Carolina during 'slavery time.' Thus, as is true of most black families in slavery, 'only bits and pieces of their individual histories survive, fragmentary clues about who these people were.'3 [Herbert G. Gutman, The Black Family in Slavery and Freedom 1750-1925 (New York: Vintage Books, 1976) 4]  In this regard, the descendants of Garretts, Neelys, and Sullivans are somewhat fortunate because their forbears retained strong family identities."

-LaBrenda Garrett Nelson, The Source: The Garrett, Neely, and Sullivan Families (Salt Lake City: Family Heritage Publishers,  2008) 2.