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  1. Following the example of Carolyn G, I have abstracted the names of slaves from Volume 54 of the Deeds from Cumberland County, NC. I will start on other volumes. If others are current abstracting, I'd like to know. Should I send this info to the same address that you directed her to? Is plain text OK?

  2. I have finished Books 52 through 56 though I have only posted the Book 56 ones. I am in the process of checking my abstracts. I have been abstracting all records which might give relationships or movements (to other counties/states) and other items of genealogical interest. Schalene made the following request:

    It would be great if you have the time to pull out the following information in the future as we are swamped.

    Owner Name
    Slave Name
    Country, State
    Year of source document
    Type of source document (will, estate inventory, bill of sale, etc.)
    Link to source document if online

    I will be going through my abstracts as I have the time. I will not post my Book 54 ones. Let me know which books you do after Book 54 so I don't post duplicates. I am editor of our local genealogical society's newsletter and I put my abstracts (the complete abstracts if that makes sense) in them.

    1. Thanks for the advice. It seems I have redone a few of the 52-56 series, including 56. I have a few of the corrections from 56 if you're interested.

    2. I am always interested in corrections. You can email me at and thank you.

  3. Please let me know if you receive this because I am receiving an email saying it is not being sent because I used .aol mail. Thanks, Janice

    South CAROLINA, Pickens District: Moore (1836)
    Will of Burt Moore, father of Hugh Moore(Pickens District, S.C.) Written 3 Arp 1836. Will Bk. 1 p. 45 & 46.
    To my youngest son Hughey, one negro man,Frank

    Estate Sale 2 May 1836 by executor Bailey Barton.
    Negro Man Caleb to James McKenny $1005.
    One negro woman Jinny $5.00

    1800 Pendleton District S.C. Census 3 slaves
    1810 Pendleton District S.C. Census 2 slaves
    1820 """"""""""" Slaves -- Slaves 2 (18-45) Female 1 (45+)
    1830 Pickens Dist. SC Male 1@10-23 1@24-35 Female 1@54-99
    1840 Hugh Moore Pickens Dist SC census. Male 1@24 - 25.

    Abstracts of Deeds : Pendleton Dist. SC Books IJ, K & L (1818 - 1822) by A. B. Pruitt
    499) Jul 1807 - Burt Moore & Betsey Moore [daughter] (Pendleton Dist) to William Glenn (same) for 400 silver dollars sold negro woman Lydia & her child Hannah. Witnessed: 10 Oct 1807. Recorded book IJ p.274 24 Oct 1808.

  4. Kitty (Cathrine) Silas born April 1826. Sons William (Silas) Cylass 1848, Gilbert F Silas 1854 (my great grandfather), William Silas 1857, Philip Silas 1861.
    Slave owner Margaret C Barber. Info from the Washington DC Slave Owner Petitions 1862-1863.

  5. Found this on another website, do not have the original will. WRIGHT, Campbell County, VA.

    24 Oct 1805
    Will of Thomas Wright
    Sylvia, a former slave, whith [sic] whom I have had children 2 acres of land and a house. My natural son, Robert Wright, by said Sylvia whom I have freed the 370 acres that I now live on (land issued to Charles Caffery on 10 Sep 1755 and by him conveyed to Thomas Wright).
    Exors: Daniel B. Perrow, Charles GILLIAM and Lawrence W. George.
    Wit: William B, Perrow, Stephen Perrow and Charles Perrow.
    Rec. 9 Dec 1805
    Campbell County, VA, Will Book 2, page 226

  6. To the Administrators: There is a wealth of info on this site, but it is not mine, so I don;t know the ethics of copying it. Campbell County, VA. GILLIAM.

  7. "The State of Mississippi, Copiah County, Orphans Court, August term 1830.
    On application of Mrs. Christian Newell widow, and distributer to the Estate of John Newell deceased, praying a division of the following negroes a part of the personal estate of said deceased, viz.
    Sharlott, Rachael, Perry, Edy, Lucy, Harriet, Rebecca, Benjamin and Nancy.
    It is ordered that William N. Miller, Joseph White and William K. Perkins be appointed as companions to make a partition of said negroes among the following distributies fourt
    Christian Newell, John Newell, Mary Newell, Elizabeth Newell and Thomas Newell and that they make report thereof to this court within six months.
    A true copy of the order as on the minutes of court this 24th day of August A.D. 1830
    Wm Barnes Reg."

    The slaves were distributed as follows:
    Sharlott age 45, Benjamin and Nancy both children to Christian Newell.
    Rachael age 17 to Thomas Newell.
    Perry age 16 to John Newell.
    Edy age 12 and girl Rebecca to Elizabeth Newell.
    Lucy age 10 and girl Harriet to Mary Newell.

    Perry Newell (as he went by in 1870) went on to marry a woman named Elizabeth who was born about 1825 in Mississippi. Perry was also born in Mississippi. He stayed in Copiah County until at least 1870. They had a daughter named Jane born about 1857 in Mississippi.

    There is an Eddie Newell in Lincoln County, Mississippi (which was made from Copiah County in 1870) who was born about 1817 in Alabama. This is possibly the same slave named Edy age 12 in 1830. He is living by himself but he is next to a 19 year old Perry Newell who was married to Lucinda born about 1849 and with a daughter Martha age 10.

    It's possible Sharlott (born about 1785) was the mother of the slaves Rachael (born about 1813), Perry (born about 1814), Edy (born about 1818) and Lucy (born about 1820). She is also possibly the mother of the children Harriet, Rebecca, Benjamin and Nancy but no ages were noted just that they were children.

    In 1850 Thomas Newell who inherited the slave Rachael and was living in Copiah County, Mississippi had the following slaves:
    Bob, Dick, a woman and child, and a girl.

    In 1856 after his death this estate is divided among his sons. The following slaves were listed:
    boy Bob given to his son Oregon Newell
    boy Dic given to his son John Newell
    girl Harriet and infant Newell given to his son Thomas Newell Jr.
    woman Ginney or Jinsy and infant Christian given to his widow who was remarried Mrs. Susan Britt. (She remarried Greenberry Britt in 1853).

  8. (17 December 1855)
    "Carroll County, State of Mississippi
    We the undersigned having been called upon by William Jackson to appraise the following named slaves to be distributed amongst his living children to wit.
    Brantley Jackson, Henry Jackson, William Jackson Jun., Alfred Jackson, Green Jackson, Ally Heslip, Celia Noland.
    Appraise them at the following notes to wit.
    Adam $500
    Lee $1000
    Ben $1000
    Ann Mara $850
    Rachel $850
    Catharine $850
    Sally $850
    All of which is repectfully submitted and we hope it will prove satisfactory to the Legalis (not sure what this says) this the 17th day of December 1855.
    Martin S. Catron
    B.J. Marshall"

    (27th Dec 1855)
    "State of Mississippi, Carroll County
    We the undersigned being called upon by William Jackson Jun. to assist in having the following slaves drawn for, have proceeded to execute the same as follows, to wit.
    Lee was drawn by L.B. Bagly as proxy for H.G. Jackson
    Ben by Henry Jackson
    Ann M. by william Jackson Jun.
    Rachel by Brantly Jackson
    Cathrine by Celia Noland
    Sally by Joseph P. Hughes as proxy for Alfred Jackson
    all of which is respectfuly submitted A.D. December 27, 1855.
    Martin S. Catron
    B.J. Marshall
    C.B. Deret"

    *note on following page it lists Ally Heslip as being given "1 negro man". It can be surmised that Ally was given the slave Adam as we was appraised on the 17th and was the only slave not listed as being drawn.

  9. For Liberty County, Georgia, I have a blog where I am documenting the names of African-Americans who were mentioned in the Liberty County wills book, 1790-1823. Abstracts have previously been published with only the white names. Each blog post has an original will abstract with the white names, then names of the African-Americans mentioned with screenshots of their names from the original wills, and links to the original will on Ancestry and FamilySearch.

    If anyone knows that someone is already doing this for Liberty County, please let me know! I have about 50 posts up so far.

    Stacy Ashmore Cole

  10. Thank you for creating and maintaining this web site!

    For anyone researching in ARKANSAS. I have created a searchable and downloadable spreadsheet called Arkansas Slave Names. It is sortable by county, enslaved name, slaveholder name, and document date. There is also a citation for each entry.

    You can access it at Slavery in Arkansas:

    I will add the Arkansas entries from this page to the spreadsheet too!

  11. Town of Colchester, Hartford, Connecticut 1780
    Name of the enslaved: Philis
    Name of the Slave Owner: Samuel Day
    Source: Wills and Probate Records

    Date and Location of the Source:, Connecticut, Wills and Probate Records, 1609-1999 for Samuel Day, 1780 Hartford, Connecticut.

    Information: "A release from slavery Negro Woman Philis, instantly free and discharge her from slavery."

    Colleen Wethington

  12. Source: Abstracts of Wills, Administrations and Marriage of Fauquier County, Virginia 1739-1800 - J. Estelle Stewart King.1980. Page 36.
    WINKFIELD, Honor
    Date of Instrument :24 Nov 1798
    Probate Date: 22 April 1799
    To Ben, a Negro slave, belonging to James Gillison, Sr., whom I claim as my husband, all my estate. Exrs: John Gillison, Lewis Shumate. Wit: Elizabeth Shumate, Betty Shumate, Jane Shumate.

  13. Details found in the Estate of John Ballenger, Spartanburg District, South Carolina, petition for probate filed 18 Dec 1848.1 Included in the listing of bills of sale for this estate were a number of records of the sale of slaves from Ballenger's estate. These individuals are listed below.

    [sold] to B. F. Montgomery, a boy Clark, [sold for] $666

    to Wm Ballenger, a girl Mary, $301

    to Thurren Montgomery, a boy Elias, $250

    to Andrew McMakin, Sary and child $505

    to T. C. Carson, a Negro boy Frank, $315

    to Jno. Wheeler, a boy Edmund, $550

    1 "Administrations, Boxed 1-3, 1804-1847," South Carolina, Wills and Probate Records, 1670-1980 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA; Operations, 2015, citing original date: South Carolina County, District and Probate Courts.

    #SlaveNameRollProject #SouthCarolina

  14. Will of Francis Wright 1767, Amherst County, VA
    (A Negro girl named Lucy to John Wright)

    Will dated 9 Dec 1766, probated 7 Sept 1767, Amherst Co, VA:In the name of God Amen, I Francis Wright of Amherst County & Parish do make and order this my Last Will and Testament in manner and form as Followeth. Item I give to my oldest son Benjamin Wright forty shillings sterling. Item I give to my Daugheter Anner Waters one shilling, I give to my Daughter Elisabeth Morris one Shilling, I give to my Daughter Marry Shelton one Shilling, I give to my son Thos. Wright one Shilling. I give to my son Moses Wright one Shilling. Also, I give to my son John Wright a negro Girls named Lucy, her and her seed for him and his heirs forever. I give to my son Isaac all the rest of my Estate (viz) Same & Jude, Umphre, Patience and Pattey. I constitute, nominate and appoint my well beloved sons, Isaac Wright and John Wright Exers of this my Last Will and Testament, revoking all former Wills in Witness whereof I have here untoset my Hand and Seal this Ninth day of December 1766.

    Francis E. Wright (his mark)
    David Woodroof
    John Waters
    Annar Waters

  15. I found some baptism announcements for children born to slaves (including the name of the slave owner) in Western Maryland Catholic records while I was looking for family members. I did not go through the entire record--just wrote down those over a few years that I was scanning. What is the best way to transfer this information to you? I looked through your site and did not see any reference to Maryland Catholic church records, so thought that sharing at least this partial list might stiumulate someone to check those records for slave names.

  16. One of my research questions was who were Penelope's parents. Well of course, I had to find when her master bought her. And as I was searching the wills and probate records I thought wouldn't it be nice if somewhere there was a listing of slave's names. And here it is! I am extremely interested in volunteering my time to go through the wills and probates. So, I will work on Georgia Probate Records - 1790 - 1990. This is from Family Search: Franklin County, Georgia miscellaneous loose papers 1790 -1881. Names will be posted soon. And thank you for starting this endeavor. Carmaleeta Newchurch

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  18. Let me try again. The format I had first was too confusing.

    My Source: Family Search: Georgia Probate Records; 1742 - 1990 Under Franklin County

    Estate of John May, a Will dated 1827

    Slave Names and to whom and what County:

    Luvis to Nancy May in Franklin Cty;
    Daniel to Nancy May in Franklin Cty;
    George to Mary Attaway in Appling Cty;
    Mary to Mary Attaway in Appling Cty;
    Cate to Jan Baird in Irvin Cty;
    Terry to Jan Baird in Irvin Cty;
    Sam to Matilda Avery in Appling Cty;
    Harriet to Matilda Avery in Appling Cty;
    Evy to Laury Dona in Early Cty;
    Ben to Nancy Avery in Early Cty;
    Mariah to Nancy Avery in Early Cty;

  19. My Source: Family Search: Georgia Probate Records, 1742 - 1990 under Franklin County

    Estate of Ropil Jones, a Will dated 1827

    Slave names to Whom in what County

    Anica to Sarah Jones in Franklin Cty
    Caty to Sarah Jones in Franklin Cty;
    Friday to Sarah Jones in Franklin Cty;
    Dice to Sarah Jones in Franklin Cty;
    Trent to Sarah Jones in Franklin Cty;
    Peter to Sarah Jones in Franklin Cty;
    Sarah to Sarah Jones in Franklin Cty:
    Sarah Children:

    Harry is to be freed but be under guardianship

    Estate of William Pulliam, a Will dated 1828

    Hubbard to Thomas King in Franklin Cty

    Estate of David Sloan, a Will in Pendleton District, South Carolina
    (Some of his family lived in Franklin Cty, Georgia)
    He had 54 slaves but he only named three slaves who he gave to his grandchildren.

    Bob, about 14 years old to grandson David Sloan
    Elvina, about 6 years old to granddaughter, Susana Taylor
    Edward, about 16 years old to grandson Charles Bruce

    Estate of William Wilkinson, a Will dated 1829

    York to Fanny Wilkinson in Franklin Cty
    Nancy to Fanny Wilkinson in Franklin Cty
    Sarah to son James in Franklin Cty
    Jerusha to son William H. Wilkinson in Franklin Cty
    Comfort to daughter Nelmu in Franklin Cty
    Sevina to daughter Orpah in franklin Cty

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    1. Thank you for providing this site in today's presentation.

  22. I have LOTS of information to share. What sort of results are you getting to date in helping African-Americans find their ancestors?

  23. Hi, I've gone over the ledgers of my ancestor's plantation (Burke Co., NC) and made a list of names of enslaved people and also tried to group them into family units as much as possible. Here's a link to the list:

  24. My contribution:

  25. 2nd contribution:

  26. I Micajah Terrell do hereby make my last Will and Testament in manner and form following that is to say I desire that all my debts may be paid. 2nd after the payment of all my debts I give to my wife Hannagh Terrell during her natural life all the personal property I may die possessed of; and after her decese I give to my son Archibald Terrell a certain mulatto man named Major, I give to my son Samuel Terrell a certain mulatto boy named David, I give to my daughter Sarah Terrell a certain mulatto woman named Rachel, I give to my daughter Mary P Terrell a certain negro man named Ben, I give to my son Timothy Terrell all lands that may belong to me or might after my decease descend to my heirs at law, I give to my said son Timothy the revision and remainder of all lands belonging to me or might devolve on my heirs was I to die [intestate] in the states of North and South Carolina, I give o my said son Timothy all lands and [?] thereunto [?] that are of my right. And lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint my son Timothy Terrell sole executor to this my last will and testament, in witness where[?] I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this thirtieth day of October 1805.

    Signed sealed [?] and delivered and for the last will and testament of the above named Micajah Terrell in presence of us

    John [bray?]
    Mather [Corzin?]

  27. Louisiana, Slave Records, 1719-1820

    Name: Etienne
    Gender: Male
    Race: Black
    Age: 30
    Birth Year: Abt 1767
    Birth Place: Serer*
    Skills: pickaxe, woodsman, pick and shovel (pelle), pioche,
    azodonero, espiochero, woodsman, tree feller, bucheur,
    cortador de lena
    Other History: sold or inventoried as an individual

    African language Group: West Atlantic
    Document Date: 19 November 1797
    Location: St. Charles (Old German Coast)
    Document number: 1460
    Notary: St. Amand
    Document Language: French
    Document Depository: housed in parish courthouses.
    Estate Number: 06-S-125-002-1797
    Deceased Master of Estate: Jean Baptiste Champagne
    Estate population: 2
    Inventory Value: 550
    Inventory Common Price: 550

    *Serer [West African ethnic group; 3rd largest ethnic group in Senegal]

  28. George Wheeler (1762-1835)
    Six enslaved people named in his 1827 will:
    1. negro man Abraham
    2. negro woman Judy
    3. negro man Richard
    4. negro man William
    5. negro woman Nancy
    6. negro boy Peeter.
    Newberry District/County, South Carolina
    1827 Will (Apparently, he didn't die until 1835.)
    Source info:
    South Carolina. Newberry County. Probate records. "South Carolina, Wills and Probate Records, 1670-1980." Digital images. : 2015.
    Direct link to document at

    Thank you for doing this project!

  29. Slaves: Selah, Addaline, Infant Child
    Date: 1848
    Location: Chambers County, Alabama
    Document: Will
    Slave Owners: George W. Hunt and Elizabeth Wood Hunt

    George W. Hunt Decd. Will
    The State of Alabama
    Chambers County
    December the 13th 1847.
    In the name of God amen. Know all men by these presents that I George W. Hunt of the state of Alabama & county of Chambers, being of sound mind and memory do make this my last and only will and testament, and at the same time do revoke all other wills and testaments made by me. 1st. I will that all just debts be paid 2nd. I give and bequeath unto my wife Elizabeth a negro woman named Selah and her two children, Addaline and an infant child with their increase. To have and to hold during her life time, and at her death to be equally divided between the heirs of her body. I also will to my wife a certain boy horse called Buck. 3rd. I appoint Alexander Howard executor to this will. Signed sealed and delivered the day and date first above written in presence of M.A. Burett, William Holt, David S. William Clement Sharman.

    George W. Hunt (seal)

    The above will probated upon the oath of Mark A. Burnett one of the subscribing witnesses and ordered to be recorded as and for the last will and testament of George W. Hunt Decd. January 8th 1848.

    C. C. Forbes H.C.


  30. Searching for records of enslaved person
    Lucretia Steed
    ?? Wilkes County Georgia
    Married Park Burney
    He was enslaved by Lindsey Burney aka L M Burney
    Lindsey married Mary Thompson 1843 ( Coweta County Ga
    Any information appreciated

  31. I put together some spreadsheets showing the names of enslaved people mentioned in wills from Kershaw County, SC. I started it before I saw this website, so I'm not sure that it's totally in the right format. Is there somewhere I can send the spreadsheets? Thank you!

  32. Likely you have this but I just noticed it.
    Every slave is named as well as owner and sometimes the parent

  33. I found the names of slaves belonging to Charles Bullock of Robeson Co NC. He died in 1826 and had served as a Captain of NC Militia during the Revolution. I found his will on line and that probably lists names of slaves given to his children. I have a copy of his Bible record in which he listed the names and births of his children and on the same page listed the names and births of his slaves. This is also on Ancestry but I could not find it again. Here are the names: Moses was born April the 12th day 1799; Syar was born May the 13th day 1800; Patience was born September the 18th day 1802; Dave was born September the 9th day 1812; Tener was born October 4, 1812; Charles was born November 2, 1817; Ellick was born September 30, 1823; Lewis was born September 18, 1825; Martha was born November 9, 1827; Jiles was born August 21, 1829. The last two entries must have been included by a survivor of Charles as these births occurred after the death of Charles Bullock, Sr. according to the information I have.

  34. This is a link to the will of Larkin Herndon (b. Abt. 1769 in Caroline County, Virginia; d. Abt. 1850 in Russell County, Virginia). The slaves named in his will are William, Isaac, & Chancey. The probate date is 28 March 1850.

  35. Summary of the Will of William Strother, dated 1 Jul 1726, Hanover Parish, King George County, Virginia.
    He named his daughter Margaret (deceased) and his two sons William and Francis, who had already received their share of the estate. He gave to his:
    son Benjamin Strother three Negroes named Peter, Kate, & Sarah.
    son Anthony Strother three Negroes named Tom, Bess and Hannah.
    son George Strother three Negroes named Adam, Nanny and Doll.
    Dear and Loving wife Margaret Strother his personal estate.
    His plantation was later sold to George Washington's father, Augustine Washington, and today is the National Historic Site, "Ferry Farm" near Fredericksburg, VA.

    Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties,, citing William Strother in King, George H. S., King George County, Virginia, Will Book A-1, 1721-1752, and Miscellaneous Notes. Fredericksburg, VA: 1978. Print. pgs 40-41.

  36. 1. Name of the enslaved (usually only a given name):

    "I give bestow and bequeath unto my son in law Robert Jenkins Henry One Negro Man called James Pompey"

    "I give and bequeath unto my Son in Law John Henry one Negro Man called John Mingo"

    2. Name of the slave owner

    John Hampton, "Minister of the Gospell" (d. c. 1722, Somerset Co., Maryland)

    3. Source of the information (will, estate inventory, court case, deed, etc.


    4. Date and location of the source information

    The National Archives; Kew, England; Prerogative Court of Canterbury and Related Probate Jurisdictions: Will Registers; Class: PROB 11; Piece: 586. Will of John Hampton, probate date: 8 Aug 1722.

  37. Georgia, Green County: Greer (1823)
    "Inventory and appraisal of the estate of Thomas Greer deceased taken and made this 31 December 1823

    Family of negros consisting of Ben, Ramome, Edwin, Kitty & Julia $1400
    Eliza $400
    Old Edwin $100
    Ben $600
    Martin $600
    Sarah $250
    Jesse $300
    Mary $250
    Thomas $200
    Wiltshire $175
    Lily $300
    Viney and child Harriet $400
    Tabby $100
    Charlotte $75
    Jacob $550
    Peter $250
    Isham $575"

    Georgia, Wills and Probate Records, 1742-1992

    1. Er, this was me rather than Anonymous if anyone needs to get in touch.

  38. From Southampton County,Virginia, Will Book 1, 1749 - 1762, page 199, a division of slaves documented. Benjamin Blunt, deceased, instructed in his Last Will and Testament that his slaves be divided among all his children. They were apportioned as follows:
    To William Blunt - Two Negroes Gabe & Lucy
    To Ann Turner - Two Negroes Sam & Sall
    To John Blunt - Three Negroes Jack, Bob and Nan, a girl
    To Mary Blunt - Three Negroes Joe, Hannah & Simon
    To Priscilla Blunt - Three Negroes Nad, Will & Amy
    To Elizabeth Blunt - Two Negroes Tom & Patt the younger
    To Sarah Blunt - Three Negroes Stephen, Phyllis & old Patt
    Dated 16 February 1756

  39. Guardian’s Sale.
    Agreeable to an order of the Court of Ordinary of Clay county, Ga., will be sold, on the first Tuesday in January next, in the town of Fort Gaines, and within the legal hours of sale, two Negroes, to wit: Angeline, a girl about 16 years old, and Augustus, a boy about 13 years old. Sold as the property of F. M. Brooks, late of said county, deceased.
    GEO. W. BROWN, Guardian
    Oct. 28, 1863.

    “Guardian’s Sale”, Early County News, 04 November 1863, p. 3, col.4 ; digital images, ( accessed 9 May 2020). Presented online by the Digital Library of Georgia.

  40. Executor’s Sale.
    Agreeable to an order of the Court of Ordinary of Clay county, Ga., will be sold, in the town of Fort Gaines, on the first Tuesday in December next, at the usual place of sales, and within the legal hours, a negro woman named Gracey, about 17 years old. Sold for the benefit of the heirs and creditors of James W. Burnett, deceased. Terms of sale cash.
    PEYTON R. HOLT, Executor.
    Oct. 28, 1863

    “Executor’s Sale”, Early County News, 04 November 1863, p. 3, col. 4; digital images, ( accessed 9 May 2020). Presented online by the Digital Library of Georgia.

  41. NORTH CAROLINA, Robeson County: Thompson (May 1813)

    To Milbry - Four Negros - Rheuben, Hannah, Cherry and Charlot
    To Sarah Pittman - One negro "wench" Sylvia
    To Mary Thompson - One negro girl Nance
    (Four other slaves are refereed to, but unfortunately the names are illegible despite our best efforts)

    Source: North Carolina, Wills and Probate Records, 1665-1998

    Found on at

  42. Do you want records of Freedman in the 1850 US Census? Archibald Hix
    1850 United States Federal Census
    Birth: Circa 1770
    Residence: 1850 - Liberty, Clay, Missouri, USA
    Schedule: Population

  43. There are two enslaved persons, named Queen Anne and Hannah, listed here as charter members of the Oak Grove Presbyterian Church in Pickens county, Alabama (founded May 20, 1837):

    "FALL ISSUE, 1945


    (Contributed by Wallace Parham, Mobile, Ala.,
    from old records.)

    In the summer of 1836 the Rev. Thomas Morrow, a licen-
    tiate of old Tombeckbee Presbytery which comprised what is
    now East Mississippi Presbytery in the Synod of Miss, and
    adjoining portions of Ala.) came to Pickens County, Ala. and
    commenced preaching in a small school house near MayerhooPs
    Store, afterwards Franconia.

    Scotch-Irish Presbyterians from South Carolina (most of
    them neighbors and relatives from Kershaw, Union and Chester
    Districts) having settled in Pickens County met with Mr. Mor-
    row on May 20, 1837 to organize a church. There were 32 chart-
    er members (30 whites and two slaves) and at least 20 (two of
    them ruling elders) came from old Beaver Creek Church near
    Camden, S. C. Their nameswere:

    1. John Turnipseed

    2. Elizabeth Turnipseed

    3. Mary Ann Turnipseed

    4. Martha Turnipseed

    5. Abraham Turnipseed

    6. Nancy Turnipseed

    7. Archibald Hood

    8. Mary A. Hood

    9. John Summerville

    10. Sara Summerville

    12. Wm. H. Summerville

    13. Margaret A. Summerville

    14. John Hughes, Sr.

    15. Sarah Hughes, Sr.

    16. Samuel W. Hood

    17. Eliza J. Hood

    18. William Owens

    19. Elizabeth N. Owens

    20. Robert Cunningham

    21. Mary Cunningham

    22. Jane N. Summerville

    23. Martha D. Summerville



    24. Andrew H. Summerville

    25. Michael Williams

    26. Eliza J. Williams

    27. William Kelsey

    28. James Duncan

    29. Margaret S. Duncan

    30. Rebecca Going

    31. Queen Anne) Slaves

    32. Hannah )"

    This comes from an anthology of "The Alabama Quarterly" available on Internet Archive. I only came across this particular section due to my own family history research (my ancestors were enslavers in Pickens County), but there might be valuable information elsewhere in the collection:

    If people are looking for info related to Pickens County, Alabama, I also just posted a link, and some excerpts, from baptism records of the same church, 1837-1878.

  44. here's some more on Pickens County, from Sessions Minutes of the Oak Grove Presbyterian Church, posted in on this blog (skipping some redundant information my post above (list of charter members including two enslaved persons, Queen Anne and Hannah)):

    "Oct.1, 1837 The session met and was constituted with prayer. Received...[Mariah] a coloured woman on examination"
    "May 18, 1839 Session met, and was opened with prayer. Members present, ... were received, on Certificate, and [Anthony] a colooured man belonging to A.HOOD, on examination, as members of the church."
    "May 19, 1839 Session met...Members present as above, [Joe] a coloured man belonging to Mr. ROGERS was on examination received as a member of this churh."
    "Sept 22, 1839 Session met...[Rachel] a coloured woman belonging to Mr. Watts. [Teny] a coloured woman, belonging to Mrs. Goings, and [Moses] a coloured man belonging to Mr. Watts, were received on examination as member of this church."
    "Sept. 23, 1839...[Ben] a coloured man belonging to A. Turnipseed,[Paul PERRIN], a coloured man belonging to A.E. Going, [Aggy] a coloured woman belonging to John SUMMERVILLE, were received on examination as members of this church."
    "Sept. 23, 1839 Session met...Members present...were on examination received as members of this church, and [Hannah] a coloured woman belonging to J. HUGHS."
    "Oakgrove, Jan. 4 1840...[Katy] a coloured woman belonging to J. Summerville, were received on examination..."
    "March 1st, 1840...[David] a coloured man belonging to J. TURNIPSEED was on examination received..."
    "April 19, 1840...[Charles] a coloured man belonging to MR. WATTS, were on examination, received..."
    "Oakgrove, Nov. 6, 1841...[Americus] a coloured man belonging to Mrs. Willingham, [Linda] a coloured woman belongs to Mrs. INGRAM, [Mildred and Jane] belonging to the same, & [Phebe] belonging to Mr. ELLIS, were received..."
    "Oakgrove, January 2, 1842...[Zack] a coloured man belonging to Hugh SUMMERVILLE, and [Diley] a coloured woman belonging to A. TURNIPSEED were, on examination received as members of this church."
    "Oakgrove, April 30, 1842...[Phoby] a coloured woman belonging to Mrs. COBBLE, was received on examination..."
    "May 7, 1843...[George] a coloured man belonging to A. Hood..."
    "Oak Grove, Nov 4, 1843...[Rachel] a coloured woman belonging to A. HOOD, who had for some month past been under the care ofsession, was received on examination."

    Later th document lists all of the "Coloured members:

    Coloured Members
    1. Queen Ann
    2. Hannah
    3. Mariah
    4. Anthony
    5. Joe – Removed
    6. Moses
    7. Rachel
    8. Tene – Removed
    9. Ben – Dis.
    10. Paul Perrin – Removed
    11. Aggy
    12. Hannah
    13. Katy
    14. David
    15. Charles
    16. Diley – Dis.
    17. Phoby
    18. Zack
    19. Americas – Dead
    20. Linda
    21. Phebe
    22. Milly
    23. Jane
    24. George
    25. Rachel"

  45. Jacob Sessums - Slave Owner of 12 slaves named in his will
    Edgecomb County, North Carolina
    Date of will: 1792

    Source Citation
    Wills, 1663-1978; Estate Papers, 1748-1917 (Edgecombe County, North Carolina); Author: North Carolina. Division of Archives and History; Probate Place: Edgecombe, North Carolina

    Notes: Original Wills, Proctor, O B - Taylor, W A

    Source Information North Carolina, Wills and Probate Records, 1665-1998 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2015.
    Original data:North Carolina County, District and Probate Courts.

    Pertinent parts transcribed:

    1 and 2. Names of the enslaved: "two Negroes" "named Dave and Patience"
    Lent to his wife Francis Sessums during her widowhood - (She may be his second wife)

    3 and 4. Names of the enslaved: "two negroes named Dinah and _____ (illegible to me) her child"
    Given and bequeathed to his daughter Alice Sessums

    5 and 6. Names of the enslaved: "two negroes named Hanna (? maybe, illegible to me) and Jane her child"
    Given and bequeathed to his daughter Ribekah Sessums

    7 and 8. Names of the enslaved: "two negroes named Anica and Abraham"
    Given and bequeathed to his daughter Polly Sessums

    9. Name of the enslaved: "negro girl named Bet"
    Given and bequeathed to his daughter Elizabeth Sessums

    10. Name of the enslaved: "one negro fellow named Joseph"
    Given and bequeathed to his son Robert Sessums

    11 and 12. Names of the enslaved: "one negro fellow named Mingo" and "one negro boy named Peter"
    Given and bequeathed to his son Jacob Sessums

    More transcription:

    I give and bequeath to my son Jacob Sessums the track of land I bought of William Bird? also the track of land which I bought of Richard Ship? also the dwelling house ___________ illegible at my wife's marriage also I give him a negro fellow named Mingo and it is my will and desire that that one negro boy named Peter and my big still may be equally divided between my two sons Jacob Sessums and Robert Sessums also it is my will and desire that my son Alex Sessums should take the two fellows named Joseph and Mingo who I gave my two sons Jacob Sessums and Robert Sessums and allow them eight pound good money for each of the fellows every year until they come of age to take them to themselves.

    Then also it is my will and desire that after my wife's widowhood the two Negroes which I lent her named Dave and Patience I desire they may be equally divided between my seven children whose names are above mentioned and lastly I do appoint my son Alex Sessums and my brother Solomon Sessums my whole and sole Executor of this my last will and testament ....

    Summary of the 12 names of the enslaved: Dave, Patience, Dinah, Dinah's child, Hanna (Hanner?) and her child Jane, Anica, Abraham, Bet, Joseph, Mingo, Peter

    Summary of the 7 children's names, the ones who inherited the enslaved:
    Boys: Jacob, Alex, Robert
    Girls: Alice, Ribekah, Polly, Elizabeth

    Here is a public tree with more details on the family:

  46. Sourced on July 27, 2020 from documents titled “Stephen Lockett Will Virginia pg 1” and “Stephen Lockett Will Virginia pg 2” and “Stephen Lockett Will Virginia pg 3”

    1) Name of the enslaved: Jude (female); Slave owner is Stephen Lockett who wills Jude to wife Mary Lockett. Last Will and Testament of Stephen Lockett of Prince Edward County, Virginia. December 11, 1790.

    2) Name of the enslaved: Lewis, son of Jude; Slave owner is Stephen Lockett who wills Lewis to wife Mary Lockett. Last Will and Testament of Stephen Lockett of Prince Edward County, Virginia. December 11, 1790.

    3) Name of the enslaved: Gaac, son of Jude; Slave owner is Stephen Lockett who wills Gaac to wife Mary Lockett. Last Will and Testament of Stephen Lockett of Prince Edward County, Virginia. December 11, 1790.

    4) Name of the enslaved: Seppen; Slave owner is Stephen Lockett who wills Seppen to daughter Lucy Townes Bibb. Last Will and Testament of Stephen Lockett of Prince Edward County, Virginia. December 11, 1790.

    5) Name of the enslaved: Elaiz (typo for Eliza?); Slave owner is Stephen Lockett who wills Elaiz to daughter Lucy Townes Bibb. Last Will and Testament of Stephen Lockett of Prince Edward County, Virginia. December 11, 1790.

    1. Corrections: I just viewed the original hand written will and see that the person who typed the copy misread the original. In 1) Jude is a male, not female. In 5) The name Elaiz is Eloy.

  47. Hello. I have a question. Once you process our submissions, do you remove our submission from this comment thread? I ask because my previous submission is missing and I want to be certain it was received. I look forward to your reply. Thank you!

  48. Hi, I hope I understand how I am supposed to submit this document. If I've done anything wrong, please let me know. Am I supposed to submit the whole will or just the part pertaining to the enslaved individuals? This time I will type out the whole will, but please let me know if that's what you want going forward:

    Will Records, 1751-1962, Also Contains A Few Family Sketches; Author: North Carolina. Superior Court (Anson County); Probate Place: Anson, North Carolina

    16 May 1824

    Anthony McGregor's Will

    In the name of God, amen. I Anthony McGregor of the County of Anson and State of North Carolina being of sound mind and memory, do make this my last will and testament in manner and in form following (vis)

    First, I ______ unto my wife Lydia McGregor during her natural life in widowhood that part of the tract of land, on which I live lying west of the Wadesborough road, together with one negro woman slave Tabby, one gray mare, Lucy, two cows and calives and on sow and pigs - and one bed and furniture.
    Secondly -- I give and bequeath to my son William Lemuel McGregor, all that tract of land on Thompson Creek containing one hundred and fifty acres, held by a deed from Jacob Allen; also one negro woman named Agnes and her increase forever together with one sorrel horse Brutus, saddle and bridle and all his school books provided nevertheless that if my said son William shall die without lawful issue the property hereby bequeathed shall in that case revert to my daughter Mary Ann or her heirs -
    Thirdly -- I give and bequeath to daughter Mary Ann McGregor in consideration of her dutiful attention to me during my long confinement whereby her education has been much neglected; all that part of my lands lying eastwardly of the road leading to Wadsborough held by deeds from Thompson and Battle, and also the land which I have lent to my wife at the termination of her life of widowhood, together with the following negroes, (viz) Tillah and her child Jacob, Cherry, Ted and Oliver, and their increase forever, and also one curtain bed and furniture, one grey horse named Romulus, side saddle, and bridle, one trunk, and half dozen silver ___ spoons and all her school books; provided nevertheless, if my said daughter Mary Ann shall die without lawful issue, that the property hereby bequeathed shall revert to my son William or his heirs, and provided if both my children William and Mary shall die without lawful issue, it is my will and desire that the whole of the property bequeathed to them shall be equally divided between the children of my sister Nancy Hill.
    The residue of my property, my desk, bookcase with my library and clock, I desire to be sold, and the money arising therefrom after discharging all my first just debts to be equally divided between my son William and my daughter Mar. Lastly, I nominate, constitute and appoint my friends John Grady Senior and John Grady Jr. to be executors to this my last will and testament, revoking and disannulling all wills and testaments by me heretofore made; and I do hereby make it my request that my friend John Grady Jr. will as soon as may be take upon himself the office of guardian of my children and particularly my daughter, whm I desire may be sent to some good female school, in order as as may be that the defects in her education may be supplied.
    In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the 16th day of may 1824.

    Anthony McGregor

  49. I have a full transcription of the will if you want it but for clarity's sake I've extracted all the information pertaining to the indentured in the will below.

    Extracted from the will of Judge Thomas Nathaniel Edwards, signed July 08 1825, probated August 20 1832, from South Carolina, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1670 – 1980 > Greenville > Index and Will, Vol 1-2, Books A-C, 1787 – 1853, images 306 – 308.

    Slaves bequeathed:
    To wife Mary Ann Edwards (maiden name McClanahan): one negro man Jerry, one negro girl Mary, one negro boy Adam, one negro boy Tom, one negro girl Liza;
    To son Thomas Nathaniel Edwards Jr.: one negro boy George;
    To son Peter Edwards: one negro girl Vina;
    To son Jesse Edwards: one negro girl Winna;
    To son Lamech Edwards: one negro girl Hannah;
    To son John L. Edwards: one negro girl Lucy, one negro boy Lewis;
    To son James M. C. (McClanahan) Edwards: one negro boy Stephen;
    To son Francis Edwards: one negro boy Sampson, one negro girl Rachel;
    To son Edward (Ned) Edwards: one negro girl Mima, one negro boy Carlo
    I give to my two youngest sons Francis & Edward the land where I now live, their mother [Mary Ann Edwards (maiden name McClanahan)] to live on it, and have as much of it as she with her negroes can cultivate during her life or widowhood, as she sees cause to stay on it, the buildings and as much of the land as is reasonable for her to cultivate shall be hers the land to be divided between my two youngest sons in the following manner, Francis is to have the upper part of the tract adjoining his brother Thomas to the branch running through the land, the branch to be the line between them and Edward Edwards all that part of the Sloan tract of land that I have not already disposed of to be equally divided between them. I give to my wife Mary Anne Edwards my large family bible also one negro man Jerry, one negro girl Mary, one negro boy Adam, and one negro boy Tom and negro girl Liza two beds and furniture three cows and calves two horses to have her choice, as many hogs as shall be though reasonable, a sufficiency of household and kitchen furniture and plantation utensils for her with her hands to make a crop also one years provision for herself and her negroes and feed for her stock the buildings where I now live and as much of the land as she with her hands can cultivate shall be hers during her life or widowhood as she sees cause to live on it, and in case of the death or marriage of my wife what I have given her to be divided among my children as above named so as to make all their parts as equal as possible except the land that is to belong to Francis and Edward.
    In case Francis or Edward Edwards should loos one of their negroes begore they have them in their possession in that case the one loosing their negro is to have one out of my estate of equal value to the one he lost before a division takes place.

    1. Realizing I left the dollar values associated out of this submission so here is a revision of the excerpt with the given dollar appraisals for each slave (slaves given to Mary Ann weren't appraised):

      To son Thomas Nathaniel Edwards Jr.: one negro boy George ($330);
      To son Peter Edwards: one negro girl Vina ($330);
      To son Jesse Edwards: one negro girl Winna ($330);
      To son Lamech Edwards: one negro girl Hannah ($330);
      To son John L. Edwards: one negro girl Lucy ($330), one negro boy Lewis ($400);
      To son James M. C. (McClanahan) Edwards: one negro boy Stephen ($330);
      To son Francis Edwards: one negro boy Sampson ($330), one negro girl Rachel ($330);
      To son Edward (Ned) Edwards: one negro girl Mima ($330), one negro boy Carlo ($330)

  50. Adding research project of Tufts families of Jones County, Georgia. Many African American Tufts families are found in the 1870 census there and match lists in wills and other records of Francis Tufts, farmer there originally of Massachusetts. Info at my blog site: Starting with the following families: Stephen Tufts 1830-? Georgia
    Frank Tufts 1870-1966 Georgia-Cleveland, Ohio
    Jefferson Tufts Sr. 1898-1922 Ohio
    Jefferson Tufts 1921-2009 Ohio

  51. Name of enslaved persons:
    Charlotte- 46 years old
    Cyrus- 25 years old
    Matilda- 23 years old
    Van- 20 years old
    Melissa- 3 years old
    King- 1.5 years old
    Name of slave owner: John Gilbert
    Name of enslaved person: Wesley- 7 years old in Feb 1854
    Name of slave owner: gifted before death to John W. Gilbert
    Name of enslaved person: Marctd- 5 years old in Aug or Sept 1857
    Name of slave owner: gifted before death to "Jernigan and wife"
    Name of enslaved person: Henrietta- 6 or 7 years old in 1851
    Name of slave owner: gifted before death to Isom and Louisa Treadway
    Source of information: Petition of heirs- Petition to sell land and slaves (regarding John Gilbert (d. 4 November 1857)
    Date and location: 9 December 1857, Robertson County, TN

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    1. Enslaved persons found in the will and inventory of Benjamin Carter, Chester, SC., 1789: A woman named Hannah; 4 boys named James, Danl, Cato, and Bustor; a man named Robert; a woman named Sylvia; and a woman named Dafney

  53. H,38-39: Will of Churchill Carter, Senr of the District of Chester [my comments in [ ]: South Carolina; 'bequeaths' of enslaved persons extracted below]
    To my daughter Charrity Roden one negro man named Aaron.
    To my daughter Elizabeth Lee one negro woman named Hanner. [Hannah?]
    To my daughter Mary Gore one negro woman name Silvey.
    To my daughter Salley McCollom one negro boy name David.
    To my daughter Dillia Carter one negro boy name Harry and one negro woman named Rachel and her children Clarlinda,.. [does not list additional children of Rachel, only Clarlinda]
    To my daughter Anna Carter one negro boy named Jack and one negro man named Sam...
    To my son John Carter one negro man named Dick...
    To my son Churchill Carter one negro man named Dan.
    To my son Joseph Carter one negro man named Rheuben and one negro boy named Peter...

    27 July 1820

  54. Hello! Your web page does not look active, since the most recent post was in 2018? Are you all still cataloging?


  55. Hello

    My family shows on a census for 1870 and 1880 but I have hit a brick wall. There name is Monday Johnson who was possibly born in Choctaw AL in 1884. He had a wife named Nancy on both censuses. Any assistance would be good if you all still help.

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  57. Will of James Adams, Talladega, Alabama, written 25 February 1843 & probated 18 March 1848. link:

    Man, Robert, age 34
    Woman, Matilda, age 52
    Woman, Harriet, age 25
    Woman, Ritta, age 24 and her 3 year-old son, Tom

    Enslaved listed on images 272, 281, and 314

    Kendell Lewis

  58. Enslaved person - Amy (named on image 663)
    Will of John Gill, Chester, South Carolina signed 2 February, 1797 & probated 5 September 1797

  59. Will of Alexander English - Talladega, Alabama - Estate appraisal: December 1840 link (images 1-95):

    Men - Ned (images 1, 11, 29)
    Joshua (image 11)
    Lewis (images 1, 11, 30)

    Women - Penny (images 1, 11, 29)
    Nelly (image 11)

    Boys - Sam (images 1, 11, 29)
    Thomas/Big Tom (images 1, 11, 29)
    Thomas/Little Tom (images 1, 11, 29)
    Sylus/Sy (images 1, 11, 30)
    Spencer (images 1, 11, 30)
    Ben (image 11)
    Frank (images 1, 11, 30)

    Girls - Rose (images 11, 17 [age 16 in 1841})
    Tilda (images 1, 11, 30)
    Jenny (images 11, 30)
    Grace (images 1, 11, 30)
    Ann (images 1, 11, 29)
    Eliza (image 11 {listed as a child})

  60. Estate of William Curry - Talladega, Alabama - 11 May 1855 link: (images 319-407)

    Pages 333 & 348 & 354:
    Rena (#4), Isabell, Jesse, Virgil, Simon, Mahala, Charlotte, Nancy (#11), Aggy.
    Also Bob (#1) and Rose who apparently died in 1856, as well as Rose' infant.

    Pages 333 & 349 & 355:
    Rachel, Shade, Murphey/Murph.

    Page 348 & 354:
    Fan, Jim, Cicero, Farris, Lydia, Maria (#15), Adam, Ned, Gilbert, another Maria (#21), Lotty, Francis, Dallas, Wiley, Jane, another Rena (#27), Susan, Harry, Decy, Jabe, Lucy, Fredorah, Robert, Josephine, Alonzo, Abram, Seaborn, Dorcas, Charles, Savannah, another Nancy (#42), Missouri, Emma, Silvy, Henry, Shepherd, Talton, Flora, Cynthia, Jack (#51), Jenny, Sarah, another Bob (#54), Frank, Peter, Thursday, Young, Elbert.

    Pages 349 & 354:
    Tilda, Martha, Elvira.

    Pages 349 & 355:
    Winny, Dick, another Jack (#65), Nelson, Sofa, Phillis, Huldah, Voilet, Diley, Harriet, Green (#74), Leah, Nerva, Celia, another Green (#79), Bridget, Polly, Clarissa, Scott, Dave, Joseph, Hopy, Delia, Betsy, Rebecca, Doctor, Peggy, Linda, Laura, George, Hannah, Amos, Bob.

  61. Names of enslaved persons:
    Hineston, 30 years old
    Mary, 27 years old
    Jim, 12 years old
    Zachary, 9 years old
    Nancy, 7 years old
    Healdah, 5 years old
    Margaret, 5 months old

    Slave owner/purchaser: Ambrose Dudley McDaniel
    Previous slave owner: George W. Herring
    Source: Bill of Sale dated May 11, 1854
    Buchanon County Missouri
    Deed Book – K – Page 203-203
    A.D. McDaniel
    Bill of Sale
    Know all men by these presents that I, George W. Herring of the County of Buchanon in the State of Missouri have this day bargained and sold and do hereby grant bargain sell and deliver for and in consideration of the sum of four Thousand Three Hundred Dollars to me in hand paid by Ambrose D. McDaniel the receipt whereof is hereby confined and acknowledged in the said Ambrose D. McDaniel his heirs and assigns forever the following described Slaves to wit: One negro man named Hineston aged thirty years one negro woman named Mary aged twenty seven years one negro boy named Jim aged twelve years one negro boy named Zachary aged nine years one negro girl named Nancy aged seven years One negro girl named Healdah aged five years one negro child girl named Margaret aged five months. To have and to hold the aforesaid slaves together with all and singular the increase thereof unto the said Ambrose D McDaniel his heirs and assigns forever. I further and covenant and warrant that all cach and every one of said Slaves are and is sound in body and in mind and that said Slaves each and are all are slaves for life. In witness whereof I have here unto set my hand and seal this eleventh day of May A.D. 1854. G. W. Herring (seal)
    State of Missouri
    County of Buchanan Be it remembered that on this eleventh day of May A. D. 1854 before the undersigned Clerk of the Circuit Court within the County of Buchanan in the State of Missouri personally came George W. Herring who is personally known to the undersigned to be the person whose is subscribed to the foregoing instrument of writing and Bill of Sale as a party thereto and acknowledged the same to be his act and deed for the uses of purpose therein contained. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my and affixed the seal of the Buchanan Circuit Court and Office in St. Joseph this eleventh day of May A.D. 1854. W. Ridenbaugh Clerk

  62. Lawrence
    Thomas Burrus, purchased from Alexander Peacham in 1831
    In private collection of family documents, proof of purchase
    3/26/1831, Orange County, Virginia

  63. I don't have any family documents (wills, etc.) but my research in has led me to some evidence that at least two of my ancestors were slave owners. I have found listings in the 1860 Slave Schedule that I believe relate to them.

    The number of slaves owned is rather extensive, being 148 for Robert Tait and 110 for Robert Hugh Ervin. Both lived in Wilcox County, AL.

    I will attempt to post links to those lists. If anyone can trace their ancestry to anyone on these lists, I would very much like to hear from you.

    Robert Tait

    Robert Hugh Ervin