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  • Timothy Roberts (c.1717 - 1787)
    WIll of Richard Rue 7.138: Richard Rue, Bensalem Twp. July 28, 1796. Proved February 7, 1806. Wife Rebecca and nephew James Roberts exrs. Nephews Joshua Rue, son of Bro. Samuel; Israel and James Rue ...
  • Rebecca Rue (deceased)
    Richard bought 5 acres, 50 perchs in Bensalem 5 Apr 1787 & conveyed, with wife Rebecca , 3 acres of that property on 4 Jun 1795 (Bucks Co LR 28:138); Rebecca Rue may have been the granddaughter of Gabr...
  • James Rue (1685 - 1759)
    will Rue, James 3.1. James Rue, Bensalem Twp., Yeoman. December 18, 1759. Proved January 1, 1760. Wife Mary, "grown in years." Son Richard and John Gregg of Middletown, Miller, exrs. Sons Richard (el...
  • James S. Rollins, US Congress (1812 - 1888)
    James Sidney Rollins (April 19, 1812 – January 9, 1888) was a nineteenth-century Missouri politician and lawyer. He helped establish the University of Missouri, led the successful effort to ge...
  • Aert Polhemus (1733 - d.)
    1st Federal Census: "Aurt" Polhemus lived in Orange County, Haverstraw, New York see page 142 of the 1790 Census (1,2,4,-,3) = MEN, BOYS, WOMEN, OTHER, SLAVES (3 SLAVES IN 1790)

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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