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  • William Amadas Hawkins, III (1587 - 1655)
    Slave trader. The son of William Amadas Hawkins II. He came to Virginia in 1636 with Thomas Lucas. He landed at Lower Norfolk and went to Poquoson River area where he bought land adjoining Peter Rigsby...
  • William Jennings (1767 - d.)
    There is a record of a William Jennings, Revolutionary War veteran died Aug. 21, 1838. Navy (seaman) Slave owner 1830 Botetourt Co, VA census slave schedule states owned 1 female slave, aged 24-35
  • Francis Hilton (1687 - 1759)
    Will HILTON, FRANCIS, St Mary's Co.-- --- ----; 1 Jan 1759 To son John, tract he now liveth on called "William & Joseph," Negro woman Jane. To son Francis, Negro boy Jack. To son Stephen, Negro boy G...
  • Pierce Butler (1810 - 1867)
    ID: I598784942 Name: Pearce Mease BUTLER Given Name: Pearce Mease Surname: BUTLER Sex: M Birth: 1810 Death: Aug 1867 Burial: Darien, Ga. Change Date: 10 Jan 2003 Note: Born Butler Mease. Changed hi...
  • Chief Justice Benjamin Chew, Sr. (1722 - 1810)
    Speaker of the House of Delegates, Delaware (Pennsylvania), about 1750. Attorney-General of Pennsylvania in 1755. Recorder of Philadelphia, 1756. Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvani...

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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