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  • Elizabeth Van Meter (b. - c.1840)
    From "In 1823, Abraham Vanmeter died, freeing seven members of the Bruce family and leaving five of Joe and Sarah Bruce's children to remain enslaved to his wife Elizabeth Vanmeter until the time of ...
  • Abraham Van Meter (b. - 1823)
    Virginia, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1607-1890 Name: Abraham Vanmeter State: VA County: Frederick County Township: Rent Rolls Year: 1759 Record Type: Rent Role Databa...
  • Robert Jameson, Jr. (1802 - 1871)
    . Robert Jemison, Jr. (September 17, 1802 in Lincoln County, Georgia – October 16, 1871 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama) was a Civil War era politician who voted against the secession of Alabama and la...
  • Thomas H. Lewis (c.1820 - d.)
    Thomas Harrison Lewis (born c. 1820) was an American farmer and landowner from Mobile, Alabama. According to the 1860 U.S. Federal Census Slave Schedule , he owned 32 slaves. Lewis is the grandson of J...
  • Lydia Shepherd (1766 - 1867)
    Birth: Feb. 26, 1766 Frederick County Virginia, USA Death: Sep. 29, 1867 Wheeling Ohio County West Virginia, USA The life of Mrs. Cruger is an oft told tale and yet the history of Monument Place ca...

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. J. Burneside of Ascension, Louisiana: 753 slaves.
  4. Meredith Calhoun of Rapides, Louisiana: 709 slaves.
  5. William Aiken of Colleton, South Carolina: 700 slaves.
  6. Gov. John L. Manning of Ascension, Louisiana: 670 slaves.
  7. Col. Joseph A. S. Acklen of West Feliciana, Louisiana: 659 slaves.
  8. Gov. Robert Francis Withers Allston of Georgetown, South Carolina: 631 slaves.
  9. Joseph Blake of Beaufort, South Carolina: 575 slaves.
  10. Jno. Robinson of Madison, Mississippi: 550 slaves.
  11. Jerrett Brown of Sumter, Alabama: 540 slaves.
  12. Arthur Blake of Charleston, South Carolina: 538 slaves.
  13. Jno. 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. Jno. Butler of McIntosh, Georgia: 505 slaves.
  19. Charles Heyward of Colleton, South Carolina: 491 slaves.


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