Finding descendants of slaves and slave owners in your tree can take years to uncover. Here are a few leads that may help you on that journey.
Tracing Your Roots: If only there were an online database to match the progeny of slave owners and the enslaved.
Through wills and census reports found during family research, I have discovered a couple sets of ancestors who owned slaves. Although most of the documents note slaves only by age and gender, I have come across three names: Sam, Dinah and Sutton, who were owned by James W. Hampton Sr. in Virginia around 1774.
I am hoping to find a database somewhere that helps match up slaveholders and the people they held. Do you know where I can upload documents and other identifying information that could help people track down any of their enslaved ancestors? I know it’s a long shot, considering all the gaps in the record, but maybe someone is looking for Sam, Sutton or Dinah. —Carrie Bowers
Oh, we wish it were that easy! To the best of our knowledge, a singular database of slave owners in the United States that compiles information on slave owners and the enslaved does not exist. However, we applaud you for your desire to help people who may be searching for information about ancestors in bondage, and there are a variety of ways for you to share the information you located about Sam, Dinah and Sutton.
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