About the Project

During Black History Month in 2015 a Facebook group of Genealogy Bloggers began the Slave Name Roll Project with five contributions. The project objective is to record information about named slaves whenever and where ever they may be found so that African-American genealogists and family historians may break through the wall that is the 1870 census. Documents such as wills and other probate records, bills of sale, court cases and newspaper advertisements for run away slaves are often rich sources of information. Schalene Dagutis mantained the project page on her blog, Tangled Roots and Trees.

As we entered 2017, the project has grown to over 500 contributions. Thanks the Slave Name Roll Project being mentioned in an educational video about Documenting the Enslaved which was conducted on 28 February 2017, contributions have grown rapidly.

The Slave Name Roll Project is now a separate blog maintained by a group of volunteers and we are in the process of migrating the previously submitted information to this blog. Until that effort is completed, you may find it here: Slave Name Roll Project on Tangled Roots and Trees. Any contributions made after 1 March 2017 are included on this website.

We hope you will consider making contributions to this project as you find source documents which name slaves in your research. Simply, leave a comment on any post. Please include the following information:
  1. Name of the enslaved (usually only a given name)
  2. Name of the slave owner
  3. Source of the information (will, estate inventory, court case, deed, etc.)
  4. Date and location of the source information
Thank you for your contributions!

If you have a success using this project in finding your enslaved ancestors we hope you will share that success with us by leaving a comment.

64 comments:

  1. Fairfield District, South Carolina
    Will of John Broom
    http://lifeanddeathinthedeepsouth.blogspot.com/2017/04/slave-name-roll-project-fairfield_22.html

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  2. Fairfield District, South Carolina
    Will of William Broom
    http://lifeanddeathinthedeepsouth.blogspot.com/2017/04/slave-name-roll-project-fairfield_89.html

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  3. Blandford, Massachusetts
    Massachusetts, Wills and Probate Records
    Probate Date 19 Sep 1769
    Probate Place Hampshire, Massachusetts, USA
    Item Description Probate Records, Vol 11-12, 1767-1777
    David Hugh Campbell owned a negro slave named Dinah that he left to his wife Janet Campbell(Robertson) in his will.

    https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/9069/007705554_00123/514453?backurl=https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/110651968/person/320083537869/facts/citation/940264074346/edit/record

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  4. Hi Schalene, Freedpeople of Robert E Lee's Arlington Estate, District of Colombia http://www.martinebrennan.com/african-american-genealogy/infirm-former-servants-of-r-e-lee-1868-the-arlington-estate

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  5. Georgia Patrick Allman or Patrick Almand http://www.martinebrennan.com/african-american-genealogy/patrick-allmanalmand-born-c1835 Thank you.

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  6. Elbert & Clarissa Lanier, Bulloch County Georgia 1866 http://www.martinebrennan.com/african-american-genealogy/elbert-lanier-bulloch-county-georgia
    Thank you Schalene

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  7. Hi Schalene, This is my first contribution. Peter G Evans Estate Record, Guilford County, NC. Page 2 of 76 pages. Here's the link: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-L9GN-2F2W?mode=g&i=1&cc=1911121

    Inventory of the Estate of Peter G Evans decd. made by his Executors to May Term of Guilford County Court 1864.

    List of Negroes:

    Sam old Lewis Judy
    Bob " Calvin Agnes J.
    George " Daniel Mary
    Joe " Boby Jane
    Elias Clark Susy J.
    Shadrick Alick Harriet
    Henry Randall Adaline J.
    Bill Fossett Osborne Jr. Tamar
    Ashley Stuart Marina
    Osborne Maria
    Jerry Julia
    Joe Jr. Francinia
    Allen
    Jonas dead Susy old
    Ned Tamar "
    Scipio Fanny "
    Nelson Flora
    George Arr Agnes
    Osborne, Jr. Rose
    Sam Hannah
    David Eliza
    Arch Henrietta
    Charles Martha
    Wilson (Dead) Louisa
    William Mary
    Nash Violet
    Henry Adeline (dead)
    Davy Celia
    John Beth
    Preston Rinah
    Jim Fanny
    Bob Dicy

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    1. Thank you for your first contribution!

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  8. Hi Schalene, Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia Tall Boyd and his sister Maria, also Scott Boyd and Patty enslaved by James & Charles Harrell/Horrell.
    Willis enslaved by Tillman
    http://www.martinebrennan.com/african-american-genealogy/tall-boyd-valdosta-georgia
    Thank you, Martine

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  9. Hi again Schalene, Mary Bell nee Rice, Howard County, Missouri, slave holder Kitty Diggs. Her father Spot(s)wood Rice, slaveholder Benjamin Lewis. Angela Walton Raji wrote extensively about Spotswood Rice so you may already have this information. Thank you, Martine

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    1. Thanks! I found the link by searching your website.

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    2. Apologies Schalene..I think I was so tired by the time I finished that I didn't realise that I had not left a link and I did it twice! I will try not to do that again.. Martine

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    3. No worries! Thanks for your continued contributions.

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    4. It is an honour to contribute and has become the highlight of my research week. I have just seen your post asking for date and source. I will add that to my next posts for sure.

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  10. Hi Schalene, Edward/Ned & Margaret Tate, Clark County Arkansas. Possible slaveholder Randolph Brown and/or father of Emily C Tate. Thank you.

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    1. Thanks! I found the link by searching your website.

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  11. George Heard & Lish Anne Shackleford, Clarke County, Arkansas 1865 Marriage Record, slaveholder unconfirmed but identified 3 Shackleford slaveholders in Clarke County at that time. http://www.martinebrennan.com/african-american-genealogy/george-heard-lish-anne-shackleford-arkansas

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  12. Jeptha V Harris 1865 Labour Contract, Lowndes County, Mississippi
    Jim's family;Jim, Julia Anne & William
    Emerson's family; Emerson, Susan, Willis & William
    Randall's family; Randall, ?? & Betty
    Daniel's family; Daniel & Delia
    Henry Moore's family; Sam & Bill
    Sampson's family; Sampson, Jane, Indiana, Bill, Cornelius, Savannah & Ivory
    ​Frances
    Sarah
    George
    Andrew
    Lindy
    Solomon's family; Solomon & Julia
    Mack;s family; Mack, Julia Anne, Emily & Milicent?
    Bob
    John
    Martha
    Jack
    ​Robinson
    Cloe's family; Granville & Elijah
    Adam's family; Adam & Gus
    Crockett's family; Crockett & Georgia Anna
    Andrew's family; Andrew & 2 sons
    Robert
    Ben
    Susannah
    ​Jesse's family; Jesse & Jane
    http://www.martinebrennan.com/african-american-genealogy/family-groups-working-for-j-v-harris-lowndes-mississippi-18656

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  13. Kentucky Freedmens Bureau Marriages, Owensborough, Kentucky
    Henry & Kitty Ware m 1853, children Eliza, Charles & Ellen, marriage acknowledged 1867
    Andy & Rosetta Weir m 1846, children Mary Margaret, Diana, Martha Jane, Elizabeth, Harriet Ann, Francis, marriage acknowledged 1869
    Washington & Mercy Weir, marriage acknowledged 1886
    http://www.martinebrennan.com/african-american-genealogy/wickware-kentucky

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  14. Slaves owned by James Rouse of Henderson County, KY. List found in James Rouse's will in Will Book C, p. 179, 1861 and also in an inventory of his estate found in Inventory & Appraisement Book E, p. 405, 1863.
    Ned
    Kitty
    Eliza (child of Ned and Kitty)
    Charity
    Jinney
    Nancy
    Catharine & 2-3 children
    Anthony
    Lucy
    Annie
    Letty
    William
    Mary

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  15. Connecticut: town of New Milford (in Litchfield County):

    On 1 February 1806, Philip Wells emancipated his slave Rhoda. This event is recorded in New Milford Deeds 24:627 as follows:

    Emancipation of Rhoda, a Negro woman
    We the subscribers having examined into the age character and health of Rhoda a Negro woman now a slave to Philip Wells, she having signified to us her desire to be freed & set at liberty from her said Master; do by these give liberty, and approve of her manumission.

    New Milford February 1st 1806 Josiah Starr Justice of Peace

    I hereby Certify that I have and do by these presents manumit and set at liberty my Negro woman named Rhoda from all claim I have on her as a Slave; and do hereby fully & forever free & set her at liberty from all claims & demands that I or my heirs have or might have upon her as a Slave, as aforesaid; as witness my hand.

    Josiah Starr}witnesses Philip Wells
    Nath'el Taylor}
    Recorded Feb'ry 20th 1806.
    pr. Elisha Bostwick, Register.

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    1. This is quoted in:

      Barbara Jean Mathews, The Descendants of Governor Thomas Welles of Connecticut and his Wife Alice Tomes, Volume 2 (Wethersfield, Conn.: Welles Family Association, 2015), 449.

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  16. The following does not include names of the enslaved, but might be helpful, nonetheless:

    Mathias Harmon’s Bill of Sale
    Smyth County Virginia, Will Book 3, p. 162

    Citation: (EE Citing an individual volume, p. 522-523)
    Src. Lst. Entry: Virginia. Smyth County. “Will Book 3.” County Clerk’s Office, Marion.
    1st ref.: Smyth County, Virginia, Will Book 3:162, sale of slaves of Mathias Harmon: County Clerk’s Office, Marion.
    Subs.: Smyth Co., Va, Will Book 3: 162.

    Transcription:

    “[in left column]
    x
    "Matthias Harmon
    Sale
    Bill

    [Body of page]
    "The following property was sold by the administrator of Matthias Harmon Decd
    James B Crockett a Negro man $ 1020 00
    Ransom Tilson a Negro Girl 1015 00
    Hezekiah Harmon a Negro man 755 00
    Hobson Clack a Negro woman & child 1251 00
    $ 4041 00

    "Given under our hands April 20th 1858
    Henry Harmon
    J. Wagoner
    Administrators
    "Virginia: At a Court held for Smyth County 17 May 1859
    The sale Bill of the personal estate of "Matthias Harmon De’cd was presented in Court and ordered to be recorded.

    "Teste W C Sexton C”

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    1. Zola, I will leave your comment as it is indexed by search engines in case it is useful to researchers. Thank you.

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  17. Henry Jemison Family Bible Record, including list of slave's names. Bibb County Georgia
    http://files.usgwarchives.net/ga/bibb/bibles/jemison.txt

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  18. http://ourownhistory.blogspot.com/2017/06/friends-of-friends-friday-will-of_30.html Will of Godfrey Tucker of Elbert County, GA 1827

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  19. Lewis and Mary Barker married Davis County, Kentucky 1843. SH Andrew Jones, Davis County also. Validated 1869 Owensboro, Kentucky. Freedmens Bureau Record http://www.martinebrennan.com/african-american-genealogy/lewis-and-mary-barker-davis-county-kentucky

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  20. Marriage of Elijah Field and Minta Ann Fields 1856 Kentucky, acknowledged 1868 Kentucky Marriages, Freedmens Bureau records. http://www.martinebrennan.com/african-american-genealogy/elijah-fields-and-minta-ann-fields-kentucky

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  21. Marriage of William Reed/Neal and Sophina/Luphnia Reed 1857 acknowledged 1868 SH Henry Reed,occ. Millwright, born Pennsylvania (Kentucky Marriages, Freedmens Bureau Records) http://www.martinebrennan.com/african-american-genealogy/davies-county-kentucky-1857

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  22. Milton Davidson, SH Daniel Griffith, Daviess County Kentucky
    Caroline Davidson, SH Emma Hunter, Jefferson County, Kentucky?
    Plea for restoration of son George 1865, Owensboro, Kentucky
    http://www.martinebrennan.com/african-american-genealogy/milton-caroline-davidson-daviess-county-kentucky

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  23. I have a long list from the will of George Faris KEESEE, who died in Sumner Tennessee in 1825. The list includes first names and which family member he "left" them to. As follows(as best I can make out the handwriting):

    To his wife Agnes: Daniel, Aice(?), Ben, Gabriel, (Chaina?)

    To his daughter, Larree (or Laura) Smith, wife of Lance Smith: Clay, Tailor, Big Rachel, Ann, Charles, Harris.

    To his daughter Patience Smith: Penny, Gillen, Peter, Gin, Hardy, Andy.

    To his daughter Rhody (Rhoda) McKnight (wife of William McKnight): Chapel, Iram(Isram?), Mary, Harriet, Jacob, Little Bob.

    To his son Thomas Keesee: Booker, Big Isram, Clock(?), M---, Gabriel, China.

    To his daughter Agnes Lyon (my g-g-g-g-grandmother, wife of John Lyon, lived in Todd County, KY as of the 1850 census): Rose, Ben, S---, Esther, Nelson, Will.

    To Champness Ball (his grandson by his deceased Daughter, was raised by Agnes Lyon): Willis.

    To his daughter Nancy Henry (wife of William Henry): Daniel, Hidi(?), Hint(?), Ise(?), Jack Charity.

    To his son George Faris Keesee Jr.: David, Buster, Big Bob, Tim, Tom, Stephen. (all names written very clearly.)

    To Robert Saunders, husband of his deceased daughter Jane: Rachel.

    To his son Champness: Bery.



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  24. Charles Drake, Will 1721, of Shelton, St. Ann's Parish, Jamaica
    Enslaved People mentioned in Will (unsure of spellings)
    Bisstole
    Abnah and her daughter Fraust (sp? sp?.)
    Robin and his son
    Maria
    Lreenah
    Croofa and her daughter Mimba
    Ibhoma
    Long
    Qnow
    and Bungy
    Olabroo and his wife Jane
    ​Aurora
    Robin's son
    Sam
    Sarah Murphow Widow
    http://www.martinebrennan.com/african-american-genealogy/charles-drax-jamaica-west-indies

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  25. Kentucky, George Rowan alias George Bell, wife Ann & children Martha, Aaaron & George, Kentucky Freedmens Bureau records 1868 (unindexed) Wilson Stevens & Henry Barritt Slaveholder Benjamin Newton, Kentucky http://www.martinebrennan.com/african-american-genealogy/george-rowan-or-bell-kentucky

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  26. Doll and Venus [Hasket] 1772 Tax Records of Perquimans County, North Carolina.

    https://relativeshisandhers.wordpress.com/2017/09/07/slave-name-roll-project/

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  27. Mingo and Judah [Hasket] 1772 tax records of Perquimans County, North Carolina

    https://relativeshisandhers.wordpress.com/2017/09/08/slave-name-roll-project-mingo-and-judah-hasket/

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  28. Cesar, Zango, and Judah [Henby] from the 1772 tax records of Perquimans County, North Carolina

    https://relativeshisandhers.wordpress.com/2017/09/08/slave-name-roll-project-cesar-zango-judah-henby/

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  29. Allen, Isaac, Mariah, William, Harlington, Braxton, Sheba, Moses, Armistead, Sarah? Ann, Troy, Liddy, Catherine, John, Thomas, Zeachariah, Larkin 1836 Davies County, Kentucky. Will of Benjamin Newton http://www.martinebrennan.com/african-american-genealogy/will-of-benjamin-newton-1830-kentucky

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  30. 1. Robin, Bob, Sam, Moses, Davi, George, Maryan, Tensa, Nan, Venus, Judah, Menor and others I can’t make out
    2. John Harvey
    1772 Tax Records for Perquimans County, North Carolina
    accessed 6 Sep 2017 at http://perqtax.homestead.com/files/perq1772.html

    https://relativeshisandhers.wordpress.com/slave-roll-names-project-more-names/

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  31. 1. Mills, Judah, and others I can’t make out
    2. Pleasant Jordine
    3. 1772 Tax Records for Perquimans County, North Carolina
    4. accessed 6 Sep 2017 at http://perqtax.homestead.com/files/perq1772.html

    https://relativeshisandhers.wordpress.com/slave-roll-names-project-more-names/

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  32. 1. Moses
    2. John Jones
    3. 1772 Tax Records for Perquimans County, North Carolina
    4. accessed 6 Sep 2017 at http://perqtax.homestead.com/files/perq1772.html

    https://relativeshisandhers.wordpress.com/slave-roll-names-project-more-names/

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  33. 1. Mobin, Gingo, Sarah
    2. Malachi Jones
    3. 1772 Tax Records for Perquimans County, North Carolina
    4. accessed 6 Sep 2017 at http://perqtax.homestead.com/files/perq1772.html

    https://relativeshisandhers.wordpress.com/slave-roll-names-project-more-names/

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  34. 1. Sampson and Venus (Venus previously mentioned on 1772 Tax Record)
    2. Mary Hasket
    3. 1775 Tax Record for Perquimans County, North Carolina (page 4)
    4. http://perqtax3.homestead.com/files/perq1775.html

    https://relativeshisandhers.wordpress.com/2017/09/09/slave-roll-name-project-sampson-hasket/

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  35. Acknowledgement of 1864 Marriage of William Neptune Gaines, Widower and Mary Gaines. William's first wife Ernestine Newton. Children James age 13
    Martha Ann age 11
    Lucy age 9
    Ben age 7
    John age 5
    William 1 month
    slaveholder W? Y Cavin, Davies County Kentucky
    Source Freedmen's Bureau Marriages 1861-1872
    http://www.martinebrennan.com/african-american-genealogy/william-neptune-gaines-davies-county-kentucky

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  36. Slave names: Sampson
    Jane (under 25 years of age in 1791)
    Source : will of John Leake of The Hermitage in New York City. Will written 1791 and proved in London in 1792.


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  37. Hi Schalene, I hope the move went well!
    William Elias 1831-1911 Screven County Georgia
    Slaveholder unknown at this time
    Sources findagrave & the US Federal Census 1900
    http://www.martinebrennan.com/african-american-genealogy/william-elias-screven-county-georgia-1831-1911

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  38. The will of Bartlett Tucker of Abbeville, SC. Will was made in 1853; he died in 1861. http://ourownhistory.blogspot.com/2017/10/friends-of-friends-friday-will-of_6.html

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  39. Jarrett, Union County, South Carolina
    Slaveholder Benjamin Rice, Union County, South Carolina
    Source Edgefield Advertiser, South Carolina 1849
    http://www.martinebrennan.com/african-american-genealogy/jarrett-1849-union-county-south-carolina

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