Category Archives: Slaves

Indians Along the Susquehanna in the 1670s

Excerpts from the book, “A History Between the Rivers; The Susquehanna, the Juniata and the Potomac 1609-1958 by C. Arnold McClure. Page 47 – 1675/76 “…the destruction of the Susquehannocks, a once-powerful group of Indians who had stablished themselves on … Continue reading

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Amelia County, VA Tithables 1737-1739 Indians

This 1738 transcription by Robert Young Clay contains, as did the 1737 list previously published, three lists which appear to cover the entire territory. In 1738 we find two Indians listed: Indian Will under William Walthal in the area between … Continue reading

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Indian Slaves, New Kent County, VA 1722-1726

St. Peter’s Parish was located in New Kent County, Virginia.  Parish records exist from 1680-1787 and in those records, three Indians were mentioned. Page 52 – Indian Will a slave belonging to Mr. Ebener Adams dyed October 18, 1723 Page … Continue reading

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“A Little Flesh We Offer You” – Indian Slaves in New France

We generally don’t think of the French Canadians as slave owners, of either Indians or Africans, but Indian slavery was legalized in what is now Canada in 1709.  In fact, in 1725, half of the colonists who owned a home … Continue reading

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Married in the Manor and Custom of the Time

Primus Tyler was a slave, bought by the Quakers and freed. You can read the whole story on Lisa Henderson’s blog, Fourth Generation Inclusive. I’ve excerpted a piece here from a letter where Primus describes the marriage customs of an … Continue reading

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Indian Slaves of Christopher Guin

From the South Carolina Dept. of Archives and History. Series: S213003 Volume – 002I Page – 00704 Item – 02 Date: 1754/02/02 Description: GUIN, CHRISTOPHER, LATE OF NORTH CAROLINA, TO JOSEPH ALLSTON, OF CRAVEN COUNTY, BILL OF SALE FOR … Continue reading

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Indian Slaves from NC Wills

One of the first things that the Europeans did was to harness the physical power of the Native people.  The English weren’t the first.  The Spanish enslaved the Native people beginning with their first foray into what is now North … Continue reading

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Kissiah Petitions to Become a Slave

Why would anyone want to be a slave?  When I first saw a court proceeding where a free person of color was petitioning to become a slave, I figured it must be: An anomaly and/or Because maybe their spouse was … Continue reading

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Betty, An Indian, A Free Woman By the Laws of Nature

Lisa Y. Henderson, on her blog, Fourth Generation Inclusive, posts this information about Negroe Dick found in Pasquotank County, NC in 1788. The Petition of Negroe Dick at present confined in the Common Gaol of the County: — by the next friend … Continue reading

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Petitions Involving Indians to Carolina Courts 1775-1867

A Guide to the Microfilm Edition of Black Studies Research Sources, Microfilms from Major Archival and Manuscript Collections, General Editor: John H. Bracey, Jr. Race, Slavery and Free Blacks, Series II, Petitions to Southern County Courts, 1775-1867, Part D: NC … Continue reading

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