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Re: slaves named in will of President James Monroe

Hi David,

I can only speak for Loudoun County - about one 10th of the wills, and birth records refer to some slaves with surnames - sometimes due to the fact that the father of some children was a FPOC, and to the peculiar politics of Loudoun county.
I found Monroe's will an exception rather than a rule, since he makes a point of surnaming everyone - from what I have read about him he was considered to be a far more benign master than - for example Jefferson, and took a particularly paternalistic interest in the doings of his slaves - there are quite a few of his letters on record. This does not mean he never sold any - but he seemed to try to keep family units together.

I don't know how the surnames were arrived at - will take a look at these particular families and see if I find them with surnames under prior ownership.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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