Charlotte Knowles

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Charlotte Knowles

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Wife of George Knowles Sr.
Mother of George Richard Knowles, Jr.

Occupation: Mulatto slave
Managed by: Ashley Odell
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About Charlotte Knowles

Charlotte was an enslaved woman on Long Island, The Bahamas in the 1700 and 1800s. She was listed as a "mulatto girl" in the estate of James Knowles of The Crossing, Long Island, along with 49 other people.

Charlotte's parentage is unknown, but she was born c. 1790. She ended up having a son, George Richard Knowles Jr., with George Richard Knowles Sr., son of James Knowles Sr. Some records list them as married, but her use of the surname Knowles could also simply be due to her previous "owner" having held that surname. Long Island has historically been more receptive to interracial marriage than other Bahamian islands, but that does not automatically mean their relationship was welcomed.

Their son, George Jr., was born in 1814, when George Sr. was 28 and Charlotte was approximately 24. He was the only child for either parent.

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