Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Slave Name Roll Project

The Slave Name Roll Project is attempting to recover the names of slaves from documents, wills, inventories, slave passes, manumission records, censuses, newspaper advertisements, etc., that individuals have discovered in their genealogical research. This is for the area that is now the United States of America.

Although I have ancestry from Colonial New England, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Maine, as well as New Amsterdam, New Jersey, New Sweden, and Pennsylvania, that ancestry is prior to the Revolutionary War. The bulk of my ancestry is from colonial Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina, and after the Revolutionary War, Kentucky and Tennessee. Between 1800 and 1870 my relatives had spread South to Arkansas, Missouri, Georgia, Texas and North and West to Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Colorado, California, and Oregon. However, between 1820 and 1870 my families were based in Southeastern Kentucky and Northeastern Tennessee, in Knox, Wayne, Whitley, and Pulaski counties Kentucky, and in Knox, Overton, Campbell, Scott, and Fentress counties in Tennessee.

Below I have listed my known slaveholding ancestors and relatives with the relationship, a citation to the source of the information, and the names of the enslaved where that is given. I will be adding to this page as I now make a definite effort to document this.

Spelling is as found in the document.

Locations of slave holders:

  • Alabama: Marshall county.
  • Arkansas: Ouachita county.
  • Kentucky: Knox county; Logan county; Pulaski county; Wayne county, Whitley county.
  • Maryland: Prince George's county; Talbot county.
  • Missouri: Henry county; Lafayette county; Saline county.
  • North Carolina: Ashe county.
  • Texas: Grayson county; McClennan county.
  • Virginia: Amelia county; Charlotte county; Chesterfield county; Essex county; Frederick county; Grayson county; Henrico county; Henry county; Norfolk county; Stafford County.

In 1850 there were 201 slaves in Whitley county, Kentucky. In 1860 there were 157 slaves. In 1860 the percentage of free families who owned slaves in the states below were as follows: Alabama 35%, North Carolina 28%, Texas 28%, Virginia 26%, Tennessee 25%, Kentucky 23%, Arkansas 20%, Missouri 13% and Maryland 12% (RATIO OF SLAVEHOLDERS TO FAMILIES, (1860)).

See, Slavery Laws in Olde Kentucky and David H. Streets, Slave Genealogy: A Research Guide with Case Studies
(mainly on Wayne Co., KY) and East Tennessee Roots: Slavery in East Tennessee and Hell without fire: Blacks in Tennessee before 1865.

I encourage others of pre-U.S. Civil War ancestry to do the same.

Slave holders


James Campbell, 4th Great Grand Father,
Will, Whitley, Kentucky, 1829.
1 female, Ann.

Daniel Strunk, 4th Great Grand Father,
1820 Census, Whitley, Kentucky, 1 unnamed male, 26-45.
1810 Census, Ashe, North Carolina,1 unnamed male.

Samuel Wiatt, 4th Great Grand Father,
Inventory, Knox County, Circuit Court, Kentucky, Suits, Box #65, 1835.
5 slaves, one man, one woman and two children and one old woman",
names unknown.

Jeremiah Burnett, 5th Great Grand Father,
Deed of Sale, Wayne County, Kentucky, 1815:
Sold one Negro boy slave Adam, to son Isaac for $400.00.
Deed of Gift (to daughter and son-in-law), Wayne County, Kentucky, 1815.
In 1815 he gave them "one Negro slave woman
Hannah and her increase".
In 1812 he gave to James and Ursula Hurt, "one Negro girl slave and her increase".
Tax List, Wayne County, Kentucky, 1805.
6 slaves.
Tax Lists, Henry County, Virginia, 1782-1790:
1782 4 blacks;
1783 2 Negroes, Sipes and Sarah;
1784 4 Negroes, Sipes and Sarah and 2 young ones;
1786 6 Negroes;
1787 3 blacks over 16, 3 blacks under 16;
1788 1 black;
1789 2 blacks;
1790 3 blacks.

June Baldwin Bork, The Burnetts and their connections, 3 vols.
David H. Streets, Slave Genealogy: A Research Guide with Case Studies
(mainly on Wayne Co., KY).

Alexander Campbell, 5th Great Grand Father,
Will, Knox, Kentucky, 1810.
unnamed "Negro boy".

Thomas Morgan, 6th Great Grand Father,
Deed, Thomas Morgan to Bartholomew Anderson, Arnold's Branch, Frederick, Virginia Colony, 1749.
"Negro named
Jack for sixty some odd pounds" as partial payment to Thomas Morgan.

Thomas Womack, 7th Great Grand Father,
Will, Henrico, Virginia, 1732/33.
1 unnamed female "Negro Woman".

Mary (Farley) Womack, 7th Great Grand Mother,
Will, Chesterfield, Virginia Colony, 1750.
"Negro Woman nam'd

Joseph Batchelor, 7th Great Grand Father,
Will, Norfolk, Virginia Colony, 1733/4.
Negro Boy
Negro Boy
Negro Woman
Negro Boy
Negro Boy
Negro Boy

John Burnett, 7th Great Grand Father,
Will, Essex, Virginia Colony, 1717.
melato girl
negro boy
negro girl
negro woman

Charles Walker, 7th Great Grand Father,
Deposition of Rebecca Walker (either the widow or daughter) Prince George's, Maryland Colony, 1767.
Priss. She is listed in 1775 Surry, North Carolina, tax roll.

Abraham Womack, 8th Great Grand Father,
Will, Henrico, Virginia Colony, 1732.
3 males, Frank,York, and Matt.
Deed, Henrico, Virginia Colony, Patent Book 8, Page 172, 20 October 1691.
imported 5 slaves, "
Eliza,Pain,Tom,Nan,Peter, negroes".

Amy (nee McGraw)(Gatewood) Baker, 8th Great Grand Mother,
Will, Southfarnham Parish, Essex, Virginia Colony, 1744.
negro boy,
negro girl,
negro woman,
negro boy,

John Farley, 8th Great Grand Father,
Will, Amelia, Virginia Colony, 1754. (of Dale Parish, Chesterfield, Virginia Colony).
Nancy and all her increase;
Negro boy named
Negro girl
Patt and all her increase;
Negro wench named
Sue and what Children she brings after this Day;
Negro boy named
Negro wench named
Lucy and all her Increase;
Negro boy named
Negro Fellows
Frank and Jimboy.

James Akin, 9th Great Grand Father,
Will, Henrico, Virginia Colony, 1712.
"I leave the
Indian woman named Rose and her two children".

Sarah Akin, 9th Great Grand Mother,
Will, Henrico, Virginia Colony, 1714,
Leaves "slaves" to son James Akin. Is this "the Indian woman named Rose and her two children"?

Mary (nee Richeford) Brasseur, widow of Benois Brasseur, J.P. Talbot County, Maryland Colony, 9th Great Grand Mother,
Deed of land at the Cliffs (Talbot County, Maryland Colony) from Richard Bennett (Gov of both Virginia and Maryland) 1663, included Servants:
Thomas Smyth
Geo: Dauison
William Whitehead
Thomas ffrost
Sarah a negro Woman.
Will of Mary Brasseur (made before her marriage to Thomas Starling),1663,
mentions delivery of servants, unnamed, to children.


Levi Preston Cox, 1st Cousin 3 times Removed,
Letter to wife, from Sherman, Grayson, Texas, 1856.
Mentions slaves, unnamed.

Joel Hayden Walker, 1st Cousin 4 times Removed,
1860 Slave Census, Dover, Lafayette, Missouri,
8 slaves; 4 females ages, 5,14,14,30; 4 males, ages 10, 23, 38, 40.

Mary Ellen Walker Vivion, 1st Cousin 4 times Removed (wife of George William Vivion),
1860 Slave Census, McClennan, Texas,
11 slaves; 8 males, ages 1, 2, 6, 12, 14, 16, 40, 40; 3 females, ages 24, 35; 1 is mulatto, aged 8.
1850 Slave Census, District 46, Lafayette, Missouri,
12 slaves; 9 males; 3 females.

Paris M Walker, 1st Cousin 4 times Removed,
1860 Slave Census, Marshall, Saline, Missouri,
10 male slaves, ages 6 months, 1, 2, 20, 21, 28, 30, 30, 32, 40.
1850 Slave Census, Saline, Missouri,
5 slaves.

Fielden Young, 1st Cousin 4 times Removed,
1860 Slave Census, Grayson, Virginia, USA.
1 Female, age 40;
1 male, age 12;
1 male, age 4.
1850 Slave Census, Dist 19, Grayson, Virginia;
1 Male, age 40;
1 female, age 32;
1 male, age 1.

Wright Stephen Batchelor, 1st Cousin 5 times Removed,
Will, Nash, North Carolina, USA, 1846.
Negro Woman,

Richard Walker, 1st Cousin 7 times Removed,
Will, Prince George's, Maryland, 1807.
one unnamed Negro girl.

Armstead S. Morehead, 4th Cousin 3 times Removed,
Logan, Kentucky, abt 1837.
Union Pension records of sons, Thomas and James W. Morehead.
Dinah, slave (consort of ASM), (Ancestors of Muhammad Ali Haj, aka, Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr.).

Jabus Perkins, 2nd Great Grand Uncle,
1850 Slave Census, Marshall, Alabama.
Black female 21;
Black male 17;
Mulatto Female 3;
Mulatto male 1.

Joel Moses, 3rd Great Grand Uncle,
1860 Slave Census, Ouachita, Arkansas.
Black female, age 20;
Black female, age 3.
Both unnamed.

Ezekiel Abbot Porch, 3rd Great Grand Uncle,
1840 U.S. Population Census, Pulaski, Kentucky.
one female slave, age 36-54.
1820 U.S. Population Census, Knox, Kentucky.
one male slave, age under 14.

Samuel Wilcoxon Walker, 3rd Great Grand Uncle,
1820 Census, Whitley, Kentucky.
6 unnamed slaves.

Pleasant Phillip Walker, 3rd Great Grand Uncle,
Assessor's Book, Henry, Missouri, 1845.
10 slaves valued at $2,725, unnamed.

Joseph Walker, 6th Great Grand Uncle,
Will, Prince George's, Maryland, USA, 1797.
Negro man
Negro girl
Negro man
Negro girl
Negro man
Negro woman
Jinne; Negro girl Prins; Negro girl Easter and Negro boy Ben (all four together);
Negro boy Harry;
Negro man Bob.

William Womack, 6th Great Grand Uncle,
Will, Charlotte, Virginia, USA, 1790.
1 female, Betty.

James Akin, 8th Great Grand Uncle,
Will of mother, Sarah Akin, Henrico, Virginia Colony, 1714.
legatee of

Sarah (?????) Whitecotton, wife of 8th Great Grand Uncle,
Will, Stafford, Virginia Colony, 1761.
two Negroes (unnamed, sex not stated);
one negro wench and one
white girl named Marcaret Whitcomb.

Possible relative:

George Bagley,
Will, Amelia, Virginia Colony, 1768.
Son James Bagley, Negro fellow
Son George Bagley, Negro fellow
Anderson Bagley, Negro boy
Dau. Elizabeth Bagley, Negro girl
Dickerson Jennings, who married my dau. Frances, Negro girl
G'son. William Ligon, son of William Ligon, when he is 21 or married, 90 pounds to be raised from Negro woman Lucy and her increase.
Lend wife (no name) for life or widowhood, Negroes Jeff &
Estate Inventory & Appraisment, Amelia, Virginia Colony, 1769.
Jeffery, York ,Hannah, Lucy & her child Jenny;Tab, girl Ussey".

Sunday, January 29, 2017

A New U.S. Budget Blueprint May Affect Genealogists [Chronicling America and other sites/programs]

From Genealogical Insider blog: This blog is written by guest blogger and Associate Editor of Family Tree Magazine, Madge Maril
The new administration’s federal budget blueprint—a sort of planning document in the budgeting process—would eliminate the National Endowment for the Humanities. If this line item manages to make it through to the final budget for fiscal year 2018, its genealogical impact might surprise you.
. . .
The NEH’s grants also support historical records digitization and access projects including the free Chronicling America newspaper search website. Chronicling America was sparked by The United States Newspaper Project, which microfilmed and cataloged 63.3 million pages of American newspapers. Chronicling America lets you search and view digitized American newspaper pages from 1789 to 1924, as well as a directory of all U.S. Newspapers published from 1690 to present.