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  • Thomas Heyward, Signer of the "Declaration of Independence" (1746 - 1809)
    Thomas Heyward, Jr. added the Jr. to his name to distinguish himself from his father's other son named Thomas. Thomas Heyward was born in St. Luke's parish, in the province of South Carolina, in the ...
  • Gov. Stephen Hopkins, signer of the "Declaration of Independence" (1707 - 1785)
    Stephen Hopkins (March 7, 1707 – July 13, 1785) was a governor of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, a Chief Justice on the Rhode Island Supreme Court, and a signer of the De...
  • Gen. William Whipple, Jr., signer of the "Declaration of Independence" (1730 - 1785)
    William Whipple, Jr. (January 14, 1730 – November 28, 1785) was a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence as a representative of New Hampshire. Whipple was born at Kittery, Mai...
  • Susanna Lawson (1726 - 1787)
    33. Susanna SIMPKINS, daughter of John SIMPKINS and Elizabeth RENCH, was born in 1726 in , Henrico, Virginia, USA and died in 1787 in , Henry, Virginia, USA. Notes Inherited two Negroes from her ...
  • Peter Chandler (1733 - 1816)
    Born 1773 Pomfret,Ct. the youngest of 12 children. Married Mary Hodges, (the daughter of Captain William Hodges and his second wife, Mary Clapp.) She died of dropsy at the age of 64. Dec. 1754; too...

This project is the master project for Slave Owners in the United States.

American slave owners or slaveholders were owners of slaves in the United States which typically worked either as agriculture laborers or house servants. The practice was common until its abolition in 1865 with the end of the Civil War and the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution.

List of notable slave owners

For a complete list, please see: American slave owners Project Profiles.

List of the largest American slave owners

The list below is compiled from the 1860 United States Slave Census Schedule.

  1. Col. Joshua John Ward of Georgetown, South Carolina: 1,130 slaves.
  2. Dr. Stephen Duncan of Issaquena, Mississippi: 858 slaves.
  3. John Burn(e)side of Ascension, Louisiana: 753 slaves; Saint James: 187 slaves. Sugar.
  4. Meredith Calhoun of Rapides, Louisiana: 709 slaves. Sugar-Cotton.
  5. William Aiken of Colleton, South Carolina: 700 slaves.
  6. Gov./Col. John L. Manning of Ascension, Louisiana: 670 slaves. Sugar.
  7. Col. Joseph A. S. Acklen of West Feliciana, Louisiana: 659 slaves. 6 Cotton plantations.
  8. Gov. Robert Francis Withers Allston of Georgetown, South Carolina: 631 slaves.
  9. Joseph Blake of Beaufort, South Carolina: 575 slaves.
  10. John Robinson of Madison, Mississippi: 550 slaves.
  11. Jerrett Brown of Sumter, Alabama: 540 slaves.
  12. Arthur Blake of Charleston, South Carolina: 538 slaves.
  13. John J. Middleton of Beaufort, South Carolina: 530 slaves.
  14. Elisha Worthington of Chicot, Arkansas: 529 slaves.
  15. Daniel Blake of Colleton, South Carolina: 527 slaves.
  16. J. C. Jenkins of Wilkinson, Mississippi: 523 slaves.
  17. J. Harleston Read of Georgetown, South Carolina: 511 slaves.
  18. John Butler of McIntosh, Georgia: 505 slaves.
  19. Charles Heyward of Colleton, South Carolina: 491 slaves.
  20. Alfred V. Davis, Concordia, Louisiana: 500+ slaves. 4 Cotton plantations.
  21. O. J. Morgan, Carroll, Louisiana: 500+ slaves. 4 Cotton plantations.
  22. Levin R. Marshall, Concordia (2), Louisiana: 248 slaves. Madison (1), 236 slaves. Cotton.
  23. D. F. Kenner, Ascension, Louisiana: 473 slaves. Sugar.
  24. R. R. Barrow, Lafourche, Louisiana: 74 slaves; Terrebonne: 399 slaves. Sugar.
  25. Mrs. Mary C. Stirling/Sterling, Pointe Coupee (2), Louisiana: 338 slaves. Sugar. West Feliciana: 127 slaves. Cotton.

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