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MANN/MANNS Slaverowner Quest

Hello Everyone,

I have been searching for two years for the slave owner for my ggggrandmother DINAH MANNS. For all this time the earliest that I could find any African American MANNS/MANN/MANS/MANUS/MANNES in the area was 1810.

Now I believe I'm on the right track.

# 1 - Yesterday,in my frustration, I went to Heritage Quest and did a first name search for all the DINAH's in District-3,Ann Arundel, Annapolis MD location and found,to my surprise,3 DINAHS(they were not listed in Ancestry by the way.) By process of elimination, I am confident that I found MY DINAH in 1800.

#2 - I continued my search for all the slave owners in District 3 in 1800/1810 and even 1790. Nothing seemed to really fit. But, one name that I was magically drawn to was RIDOUT. I had noticed the name throughout all the census years as living nearby but I never explored it.This time, for some reason,I just kept doing googles searches and used every other search engine I could think of to find that name. I was on a mission!

#3 - I came across an article that talked about the "Whitehall
Plantation, there were 100 slaves there...JOHN RIDOUT, Whitehall's new owner, freed the slaves in 1799 (by 1800 DINAH is in the census as Head of Household,by 1810 other MANNS names are listed) by his Will. Each slave family was given one acre of land and material to build a house." Another article mentioned that many of the families still live in the same area today(like my family.)

# 4-Another article mentioned that JOHN RIDOUT was from an extremely wealthy family and he served as the Secretary to the Gov. of Maryland.

# 5- Another reference to JOHN RIDOUT was in the SLAVE SALE ANNOUNCEMENT, in 1767, from the LORD LIGONIER slave ship.The LIGONIER carried the magnificent Kunta Kinte and 97 others "from the River GAMBIA in AFRICA to Annapolis..a cargo of choice,healthy slaves." The SALE ANNOUNCEMENT listed JOHN RIDOUT as the agent for the Sale.

# 6- Another article by Tom Stuckley of the Associated Press notes," ... African culture endures in America,they found a house in Annapolis that belonged to JOHN RIDOUT built in 1774. The house was filled with artifacts that proved that African slaves stayed with their religions despite efforts to convert them to Christianity..generations of African Americans lived in this house long after they arrived from West Africa."

# 7- I also checked other members of the RIDOUT family in later census years. I found a RIDOUT, living in the same area. His children were named Addison, Thomas, William, Samuel and I believe Rachael.

I'm still digging for answers and I have contacted the Kunta Kinte Foundation in Annapolis.

Take Care,



18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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