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  • Williamson M. Freeman (1807 - 1866)
    Williamson M Freeman, born in Georgia Son of Hugh and Lucy Freeman,husband to Drucilla Olivia Bowdre from Georgia. They left Georgia and migrated to Jefferson, Marion County, Texas in 1848 or so with t...
  • Levi P. Geer (1794 - d.)
    Levi Geer was a planter in Troup County, Georgia in 1850. He owned 6 slaves in 1840 and 18 in 1830. Levi P Geer, born in 1794 in Mass. married Jane McCray in Farifield SC (1826), then migrated down t...
  • Hans George Wampler (1736 - 1815)
    DAR# 120379 History on pagers 17-19 in Wamplers in America. In 1810 Census, George was living alone, over 45, and owner of 7 slaves. Moved to America when 1741, when he was 5 WAMPLER, GEORGE HA...
  • Robert Belshe, Esq. (1785 - 1855)
    Family Data Collection - Individual Records about Robert Belshe Name: Robert Belshe Spouse: Elizabeth Green Parents: Robert Belshe, Mary Clancy Birth Place: VA Birth Date: 1785 Marri...
  • Mary Platt (1706 - 1761)
    Mary Smith (11 Dec 1706-1761) m.30 May 1727 Uriah Platt (c.1706-20 Feb 1746) son of Epenetus Platt and Elizabeth Smith. The 1755 Census listed slaves Waterford and Gin. Mary was listed as unmarried in ...

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.

For the time being, we are using this as the Slavery Plantation umbrella or portal.

List of notable slave owners

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

  • George Washington. 1st President of the United States of America.
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Henry Lauren's

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 Burneside of Ascension, Louisiana: 753 slaves; Saint James: 187 slaves. Sugar plantations.
  4. Meredith Calhoun of Rapides, Louisiana: 709 slaves. Sugar and cotton plantations.
  5. William Aiken of Colleton, South Carolina: 700 slaves.
  6. Gov. 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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