Friday, January 13, 2017

MARYLAND, Howard County: Gassaway-Brown (1858)

Late last year Betsy left a comment on the Slave Name Roll Project with the named slaves she had discovered while researching her family history.

Here is her comment:

I am releasing 11 named slaves owned by my 3rd great grandmother Sarah Griffith Gassaway (born 1776, Anne Arundel County, Maryland; died 7 February 1858, Woodstock, Howard, Maryland). She was the daughter of Brice John Gassaway (1745-1816) and Dinah "Kitty" Warfield (1755-1805) both of Maryland and was the widow of Lieutenant John Riggs Brown (1775-1814) of Woodstock, Maryland. Sara Griffith Gassaway and John Riggs Brown were married 14 December 1797 in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Her will was written in Howard County, Maryland and was dated 15 February 1855. In it she leaves 11 slaves to family members as follows. The use and spelling of the words "negro" and "negroes" is taken directly from her will.

To her son, Henry G. Brown, she gave and bequeathed her negro boy ISAAC and her negro girl MARY ANN.

To her son, Samuel Brown, she gave and bequeathed her negro boy ALEXANDER.

To her son, John R. Brown, she gave and bequeathed her negroes LEWIS, GEORGE, MARIA and LUCRETIA.

To her daughter, Louisa W. Davis, she gave and bequeathed her negro boy PETER.

To her daughter, Mary Ann Smith, she gave and bequeathed her negro girl LOUISA.

To her daughter, Elizabeth Gorman, she gave and bequeathed her negro girl AIRY.

To her daughter, Kitty Ann Hood, she gave and bequeathed her negro boy REZIN.

1 comment:

  1. Slave: Isaac Sperden
    Owner: From Henry G Brown to Samuel Brown
    Document: Bill of Sale

    Howard County Circuit Court, Chattel Records, 1854-1860

    Volume 814, Page 335

    Henry G Brown
    Bill of Sale to
    Samuel Brown
    Know all men by these presents that I Henry G
    Brown of Baltimore City State of Maryland
    for and in consideration of the sum of six hundred
    dollars lawful money of the United States to me in hand paid by
    Samuel Brown of Howard County state of Maryland at or
    before the sealing and delivery of these presents the receipt whereof
    is hereby acknowledged. Have granted bargained and sold
    and by these presents do grant bargain and sell unto the said
    Samuel Brown his executors administrators and assigns my negro
    boy Isaac Sperden to serve until the third day of June Eighteen hundred
    and eighty three [1883] when he will be free To have and to hold the
    said described negro boy Isaac to the said Samuel Brown his
    Executors Administrators and assigns. And I the said Henry G
    Brown for myself heirs executors and administrators the said negro
    boy Isaac unto the said Samuel Brown his Executors, Administrators
    and assigns against me the said Henry G. Brown my Executors
    and administrators and against all and every other person or persons
    whomsoever shall and will warrant and forever defend by these
    presents. In witness whereof we have hereunto set our hands
    and seals this first day of March Eighteen hundred and fifty
    nine. signed sealed & delivered
    in presence of Hy G. Brown (seal)
    W. A. Loder Samuel Brown (seal)
    John R Brown

    State of Maryland Howard County
    Be it remembered That on this first day of March 1859 before the subscriber
    a justice of the Peace for said County appeared Henry G Brown and
    acknowledged the foregoing Instrument of writing to be his act and deed
    according to the true intent and meaning thereof and now at the same
    time before me personally appeared also Samuel Brown the within
    named bargainee and made oath in due form of Law that the consideration
    set forth in the foregoing bill of sale is true and bona fide
    as therein set forth. In testimony whereof I have hereunto subscribed
    my name on the day and year aforesaid
    W. A. Loder J. P.
    Received to be recorded on the 1st day of March 1859 and same day
    recorded and examined pr.
    W. W. Watkins clk