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  • Gysbert Bogaert, Jr. (1720 - 1785)
    ~• Owned a slave name Samuel Sutphen (1720-1785) (see below) sources The Bogart family The New Jersey branch indexed under #248 (begins at 170 of 303) ancestry dot com
  • Simon Cornelisz van Arsdalen (1697 - 1789)
    Reference: MyHeritage Family Trees - SmartCopy : Oct 29 2016, 22:18:38 UTC SIMON4 VANARSDALLEN (CORNELIUS SIMONSZEN3, SIJMON JANZEN2, JAN PAUWELSEN1 VAN AERSDAELE) was born Bet. November 16, 1697...
  • William Allen (1768 - 1831)
    William Allen was a planter, member of the House of Delegates (1802–1810), and businessman who, at the time of his death, owned more than 700 slaves, one of the largest numbers in the state. Born in ...
  • Capt. Douwe William Van Dyne (1730 - 1787)
    (copyrighted) Here is a short exerpt: "However amusing this may have been for some, the raids had a serious impact on Dow VanDine and his family. The Patriot soldiers wounded VanDine in the head, a...
  • Jonathan DuBois (deceased)
    ~• baptized his children: U.S., Presbyterian Church Records, 1701-1970 Pennsylvania >Churchville > North and Southampton Reformed ChurchRegister 1737-1820

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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