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  • Spencer Winsmith, slave of John Winsmith (deceased)
    Spencer was the slave of Dr John Winsmith .
  • Lylburn Downing, a slave (c.1830 - d.)
    From History Museum of Western Virginia ... Rev. Downing’s spiritual development was strongly influenced by General Thomas ”Stonewall” Jackson . General Jackson had taught Revere...
  • Jude Hall (c.1747 - 1827)
    Jude Hall Colony: New Hampshire *Age: 28 Race: African American Rank: Private Status: Slave *Position: unknown Unit: Reed/Hinds Jude Hall was born into slavery around 1747 in ...
  • Cuff Chambers (1738 - 1818)
    Cuff Chambers Colony: Massachusetts Age: 37 Race: African American Rank: Private Status: Slave Position: redoubt Unit: Bridge/Furbush Cuff Chambers was born around 1738...
  • Eliza Pinchback (1814 - 1884)
    The parents of P.B.S. Pinchback, second governor of Louisiana, were Eliza Stewart, a former slave, and William Pinchback, a white planter and his mother's former master, before he freed her. The couple...

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Naming conventions

Also see: Naming Conventions of US Slaves.

  • First name: Ned
  • Middle name: (blank)
  • Last name: (blank)
  • Birth surname: (blank)
  • Display name: Ned, slave of Agnes Witt
  • Also known as: List of other slave owners EX; Ned the slave of John Blue, Ned the slave of Fred Ugly
  • About: Any other information that may be helpfull to other researchers
  • Sources: All sources should be uploaded to the profile so other researchers can see it
  • Ethnicity: "Black" or "Mulatto" etc (as per source)
  • Occupation: Job title if known EX.. Worked in Main House, Farmer, Cotton Picker

A Note on Documenting Slaves’ Names. When extracting and indexing historical or genealogical data on American slaves, researchers will find that most kinds of records usually give slaves a first name only. Since slaves were documented as property in most surviving records, a slave's legal identity was the combination of his/her first name and the full name of his/her owner. For research purposes, the slave owners’ complete names act as the best substitute for surnames of slaves (even if a record gives both a first and last name to a slave, the slave owner’s name will still be essential to tracing that slave in other sources); this combination of slave's first name and owner's full name can be as effective as the name of any free person in tracing slaves from record to record. For a lengthier discussion, see David E. Paterson, “A Perspective on Indexing Slaves’ Names,” The American Archivist, 64 (Spring/Summer 2001), 132-142.

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