Screenshot_2015-12-26-15-10-56-1

Thousands of white Virginians owned enslaved African Americans in the nineteenth century. Based on a close analysis of William Still’s book, The Underground Rail Road (1872), we are compiling a list of those slaveholders whose slaves escaped in the 1850s.

To date, we have collected more than 100 narratives of Virginia escapees. The narratives are listed below — sorted by slave owner. You may find the occupation, city, slave, and date of ownership below.

To read the escape narrative presented in William Still’s book, The Underground Rail Road, please click on the page number presented in the Still column below.

Owner Occupation City/County Slave Year Still Mr. Bailey Carpenter Norfolk Samuel Bush 1853 204 David Baines Owner Norfolk Harriet and Celia Paeden 1854 226 Samuel Ball Owner Richmond Richard Bradley 1855 305 John G. Beale Lawyer Fauquier Co. William Robinson 1854 225 Fleming Bibbs Farmer Richmond Charles Thompson 1857 147 Beverly Blair Owner Richmond Frances Hilliard 1855 287 Thomas Baltimore Owner Norfolk Susan Bell 1855 263 Mr. Bockover Grocer Norfolk Thomas & Frederick Nixon 1855 170 Joseph Boukley Hair Inspector Norfolk Peter Petty 1855 170 Henry L. Brooke Owner Salvington Cornelius Scott 1857 122 Elizabeth Brown Widow Portsmouth Sheridan Ford 1855 67 Mary Brown Widow Portsmouth Clarissa Davis (part owner) 1854 1850C Margaret Burkley Housekeeper Portsmouth Clarissa Davis (part owner) 1854 1850C Charles Bryant Owner Alexandria Joseph Viney 1857 101 Mrs. Joseph Cahell Widow Fredericksburg Cordelia Loney 1857 112 George Carter Owner Loudon Co. Martha Bennett and children 1855 259 Joseph Carter Oysterman Portsmouth John Stinger & Stebney Swan 1857 98 George Carter Owner Loudon Co. D. Bennett’s wife & children 1855 308 William H. Christian Lawyer/merchant Richmond James Hambleton Christian 1853 69 Mr. R.J. Christians Tobacco Richmond Elijah Hilton 1857 161 Dr. K. Clark Physician Richmond Joseph Henry Camp 1853 66 Nathan Clapton Owner Loudon Co. Sauney Pry 1856 382 rs. Clayton Widow Richmond John Clayton 1854 59 Edward M. Clark Owner Alexandria Lewis Burrell 1856 385 Ann Colley Widow Petersburg Jackson & Turner 1857 117 A. Judson Crane Farmer Richmond Julia Smith 1854 142 Elliot Curlett Owner Warrington David Greek 1856 319 James Cuthbert Owner Petersburg Harriet Mayo 1855 305 Benjamin Davis Negro Trader Richmond Charles Gilbert 1854 235 Daniel Delaplain Flour Inspector Richmond Charles Hall 1856 383 H.B. Dickinson Factory Owner Richmond William White 1854 211 James Dunlap Merchant Richmond John Hall 1855 250 Thomas Eckels Lawyer Norfolk Susan Brooks 1854 211 Samuel Ellis Owner Richmond Joseph Winston 1857 389 Charles Fortner Owner Hedgeville Daniel Davis ? 228 James B. Foster Owner Richmond Samuel Washington Johnson ? 159 John F. Franic Owner Martinsburg Robert Brown 1856 121 Catharine Gordon Owner Norfolk Oscar Ball & Montgomery Graham 1857 399 Mr. Grigway Timber Merchant Norfolk Emanuel White 1857 154 Mr. Hall Negro trader Norfolk Robert McCoy 1854 274 William W. Hall Owner Norfolk Rebecca Jones and Isaiah 1856 326 Alexander Hill Owner Hedgeville Adam Nicholson ? 228 Lewis Hill Owner Richmond Lewis Giles 1855 308 John & Henry Holland Oysterman Norfolk Anthony and Albert Brown 1856 292

John G. Hodgson Owner Norfolk Harriet Ann Bell 1854 228 James Hurst Owner Georgetown Sam Davis 1855 386 Mrs. Hutchinson Widow Loudon Co. Robert Stewart 1856 128 Mrs. Hutchinson Daughter of Widow Loudon Co. Betsey Smith 1856 129

Benjamin Hall Owner Alexandria Peter Burrell 1856 385 Eliza Jones Factory foreman Petersburg George Walker 1855 311 John Jones Farmer Norfolk Arthur Jones 1855 270 George W. Kemp Bank worker Norfolk Ralph Whiting 1855 268 James Kinnard Farmer Richmond Jeremiah Smith 1854 141 Eliza Lambert Owner Petersburg John Judah 1855 305 Thomas Lee Owner Petersburg Robert Jones 1855 271 Peter March Business Owner New York Caroline Taylor 1856 328 Seth March Owner Norfolk Henry Washington 1855 259 Dr. C.F. Martin Dentist Norfolk Sam Nixon 1855 254 McHenry & McCulloch Tobacconists Petersburg John Pettifoot 1857 153

John C. McBole Steam Mill North Carolina Daniel Carr 1855 169 Mr. McVee Farmer Loudon Co. Barnaby Grigby and Emily Foster 1855 124 Daniel Minne Farmer Alexandria William Jackson 1857 396 Daniel Minor Owner Moss Grove George Solomon 1856 79 David Morris Owner Norfolk Joseph Harris 1855 270 M.W. Morris Owner Richmond Daniel Payne 1855 305 John Mitchell Owner Petersburg John Henry 1853 191 John Mitchell Owner Richmond John Hill 1856 191 Richard Perry Owner Petersburg Beverly Good 1855 311 Mrs. Peters Deceased Norfolk Anthony Blow 1854 61 Capt. John Pollard Owner St. Stephens George Freeland ? 232 Dr. Price Owner Norfolk Edward Peaden 1854 226 Joshua Pusey Owner Leesburg David Aug. 1856 215 James Ray US Navy Yard Petersburg John Atkinson 1855 299 Littleton Reeves Owner Petersburg Mary Epps 1855 75 Joseph P. Reynolds Merchant Portsmouth William Davis 1853 66 Eliza H. Richie Owner Petersburg Eliza Jones 1855 271 William Rose Owner Fauquier Co. James Stewart ? 229 Thomas W. Quales Owner Richmond Verenea Mercer 1855 309 James Saunders Lawyer Norfolk James H. Foreman 1855 268 Mrs. Sanders Widow Nofolk Isaac Foreman 1853 64 Richard Scott Owner Norfolk Daniel Wiggins 1854 224 Sarah Shephard Owner Norfolk Elizabeth Frances 1854 275 Jacob Shuster Owner Norfolk Winnie and Elizabeth Patty 1855 387 Andrew Sigany Owner Norfolk Eliza McCoy 1854 275 Samuel Simmons Owner Norfolk Isaiah Nixon 1855 270 John J. Slater Coachmaker Petersburg David Edwards 1855 311 Nathan Skinner Farmer Loudon Co. Vincent Smith 1856 129 Slater Owner Richmond Joseph and Robert 1855 75 Smith Owner Norfolk Washington Somlor 1855 304 George Spencer Owner Georgetown Abe Fineer 1855 386 Dr. Jesse Squires Owner Petersburg Valentine Spires 1856 319 L. Stasson Confectioner Norfolk Louisa Bell 1855 264 James Snyder Owner Norfolk Harrison Bell 1854 228 Capt. James Taylor Owner Loudon Co. Daniel & David Bennett (259; 308) 1855 259 Waring Talvert Owner Richmond Anthony Loney 1857 122 Nickless Templeman Owner Richmond George Sperryman 1856 319 Hezekiah Thompson Sold to trader Richmond John Thompson 1857 106 Captain Tucker US Navy Richmond Richard Robinson 1857 123 David B. Turner Merchant Richmond Jack Scott (lived in NY with Turner) 1857 104

Margaret Tyler Widow Richmond William Taylor 1857 134 Unknown — Hired to John Stabbard Hedgeville Reuben Bowles ? 228 John Walker Manufacturer Williamsburg James Burrell 1854 223 Col. J.H. Wheeler U.S. Minister D.C. Jane Johnson 1855 86 Josiah Wells Owner Norfolk Anthony Atkinson 1855 268 Abigail Wheeler Owner Portsmouth Moses Wines ? 230 Louise E. White Widow Richomd James Mercer & Wm. Henry Gilliam 1854 55

Lovey White Widow Norfolk Alan Tatum 1855 168 Turner and White Merchants Norfolk William Nelson 1855 262 John Williams Owner Western Shore Lucy Garrett ? 231 Dr. George Wilson Physician Norfolk Archer Barlow 1853 203 S.J. Wilson Merchant Portsmouth Willis Redick 1853 64 William H. Wilson Cashier Portsmouth Robert Emerson 1857 98 James Woodhouse Farmer Plymouth, NC Henry Stewart

 

 

 

 

Link to reference original blog http://www.racetimeplace.com/ugrr/slaveholders.htmScreenshot_2015-12-26-15-10-56-1

Advertisements