Ralph Quarles (1764 - 1834)

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Birthplace: Spotsylvania, VA, USA
Death: Died in Louisa, VA, USA
Occupation: Plantation Owner- Scottish
Managed by: stanley w. duke, jr.
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About Ralph Quarles

Ralph Quarles, the white owner of a large plantation in Louisa county, Virginia. On an unknown date, Quarles accepted a slave, Lucy Langston, as collateral for an unspecified loan.

Since Quarles's creditor never paid the debt, Lucy became the planter's own slave, and sometime thereafter gave birth to his daughter, Maria. In 1806 Quarles emancipated both mother and child. Lucy subsequently bore him three sons: Gideon (1809), Charles (1817), and John (1829). Because of Virginia's antimiscegenation laws, Quarles's children were given their mother's surname. Nonetheless, Ralph Quarles treated Lucy Langston and his mulatto children with much consideration. As we already noted, he emancipated Lucy and their daughter in 1806. Furthermore, it was Quarles who gave the two oldest boys their early schooling. John recounted how his father, a man with "a love of learning and culture," provided brother Charles with a "thorough English education." In view of Quarles's keen interest in his sons' intellectual development, it is not surprising that after his death they continued with their schooling.

1834 Quarles and Lucy Langston died and, as he requested, were buried next to each other on his Virginia plantation. In his last will and testament, Ralph Quarles recognized Gideon, Charles, and John Langston as his only heirs.

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Ralph Quarles's Timeline

Spotsylvania, VA, USA
Age 42
Louisa, VA, USA
Age 45
Louisa, VA, USA
August 31, 1817
Age 53
Louisa, VA, USA
December 14, 1829
Age 65
Louisa, VA, USA
April, 1834
Age 70
Louisa, VA, USA