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.

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