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Re: Percentage of Slaves w/ Masters' Surnames

Hi Everyone,

It's Toni at Africana Heritage. What we see so often here in our research in slaveholders' records, too, is the enslaver retaining the last name of a previous enslaver, for recordkeeping. We have seen this intensively in Ball family records.

It is a blessing, though, when you have extensive records like the Ball family's. We have had great success in recognizing new members of the Ball slave community because they were generally recorded with the surname of the previous enslaver.

In virtually every case that we have recognized a new member of the enslaved community, we have been able to examine estate sale records, wills or probates for the particular year that folks with surnames appear, and verify where folks came from. We have been able to trace Inglesby, Shubrick, Loocock, Devaux, and Lord surnames to previous slaveholders in the Ball family records.

We are also seeing this pattern in slave traders' records that we are working in now. So it's possible that retained surnames may eventually help us to link another generation beyond the last slaveholder ... please hang with us, we're working on it, and we will report back to you on what we learn.

Toni :)


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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