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  • Frances Martha Knight (1862 - 1962)
  • Rachel Knight (1831 - 1931)
    Rachel was a former slave owned by her husband's grandfather.
  • Elizabeth Draper Mitchell, freed slave (1848 - 1922)
    Elizabeth Draper was a former slave and an assistant cook in the Church Hill mansion of Elizabeth Van Lew, who had been a Union spy in the Confederate capital city of Richmond for the Union during the ...
  • Pleasant Litchford (b. - 1879)
    The Litchford Cemetery land was originally owned by Pleasant Litchford who left it to his children when he died in 1879 with the stipulation it be used as a family burial plot. Sources disagree on wher...

This is the master project for Slaves in America. The profiles in this project may be incomplete.

Naming conventions

Also see: Naming Conventions of US Slaves.

  • First name: Ned
  • Middle name: (blank)
  • Last name: (blank)
  • Birth surname: (blank)
  • Display name: Ned, slave of Agnes Witt
  • Also known as: List of other slave owners EX; Ned the slave of John Blue, Ned the slave of Fred Ugly
  • About: Any other information that may be helpfull to other researchers
  • Sources: All sources should be uploaded to the profile so other researchers can see it
  • Ethnicity: "Black" or "Mulatto" etc (as per source)
  • Occupation: Job title if known EX.. Worked in Main House, Farmer, Cotton Picker

A Note on Documenting Slaves’ Names. When extracting and indexing historical or genealogical data on American slaves, researchers will find that most kinds of records usually give slaves a first name only. Since slaves were documented as property in most surviving records, a slave's legal identity was the combination of his/her first name and the full name of his/her owner. For research purposes, the slave owners’ complete names act as the best substitute for surnames of slaves (even if a record gives both a first and last name to a slave, the slave owner’s name will still be essential to tracing that slave in other sources); this combination of slave's first name and owner's full name can be as effective as the name of any free person in tracing slaves from record to record. For a lengthier discussion, see David E. Paterson, “A Perspective on Indexing Slaves’ Names,” The American Archivist, 64 (Spring/Summer 2001), 132-142.

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