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Jane Burroughs

Birthplace: Burroughs Tobacco Farm, Franklin, VA
Death: Malden, W. VA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of War of 1812, James Burroughs and Unknown Slave
Wife of Washington Ferguson and Unknown Father of Booker T. Washington
Mother of Booker T. Washington
Half sister of Pvt. (CSA), Joseph Nicholas "Jess" Burroughs; Pvt. (CSA), James Benjamin "Ben" Burroughs; Pvt. (CSA), John William "Billie" Burroughs; Pvt. (CSA), Christopher Frank Burroughs and Pvt. (CSA), Edwin Newton "Newt" Burroughs

Managed by: Debora Ann Baxter
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About Jane Burroughs

...Booker was born into slavery to Jane, an enslaved African-American woman on the plantation of James Burroughs in southwest Virginia, near Hale's Ford in Franklin County. The day, month, and even precise year of Booker's birth were not known even by him. Nor did he ever know his father, said to be a white man who resided on a neighboring plantation — an individual who, in any event, played no financial or emotional role in Washington's life...

After emancipation Jane took her family to West Virginia to join her husband Washington Ferguson, who had escaped from slavery to live there during the war - Booker T Washington, Wikipedia

Dr. Booker Taliaferro Washington

Born April 5, 1856, in Franklin County, Virginia, Booker Taliaferro was the son of an unknown White man and Jane, an enslaved cook of James Burroughs, a small planter.

Jane named her son Booker Taliaferro but later dropped the second name. Booker gave himself the surname "Washington" when he first enrolled in school. Sometime after Booker's birth, his mother was married to Washington Ferguson, a slave. A daughter, Amanda, was born to this marriage. James, Booker's younger half-brother, was adopted. Booker's elder brother, John, was also the son of a White man.

Booker spent his first nine years as a slave on the Burroughs farm. In 1865, his mother took her children to Malden, West Virginia, to join her husband, who had gone there earlier and found work in the salt mines.

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Jane Burroughs's Timeline

April 5, 1856
Hale's Ford, Franklin County, Virginia, United States
Burroughs Tobacco Farm, Franklin, VA
Malden, W. VA