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  • Rush Boddie (1842 - 1920)
    US Black Heritage Project Rush Boddie is a part of US Black heritage. Rush was born 21 August 1842. His parents were Louis Boddie and Sarah Whitehead. He died 21 May 1920 in Waverly Hall, Harris County...
  • Samantha Street (1825 - 1918)
    The birthdate on her headstone is incorrect, it may have been confused by someone remembering her marriage date instead, which was 1867. Samantha Whitehead was born into slavery on the William Whitehea...
  • Hilliard Street (b. - aft.1910)
    Little is known about his early life other than he was born a slave. After freedom, Hilliard legally married Samantha Whitehead in 1867 and they continued to live on the Boddie farm in Waverly Hall wit...
  • George W. Edmondson (1836 - 1922)
    from : 1836–1922Family: Colbert (Hemings)Occupation: Soldier; Foundry workerBorn in slavery in Lexington, Virginia, George Edmondson claimed his freedom in June 1864, when Union forces occupied the tow...
  • Matilda Unknown (deceased)
    Former slave escaped slavery, native of Kentucky. Separated from Joshua in 1874. Matilda had 2 other children from a previous marriage. The family was poor and after Joshua left, she supported her chil...

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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