Friend of Friends Friday: Slaves of Cpt John Glass of VA

John Glass was my 4th great grandfather.  He died on 19 October 1840 in Franklin County, Virginia.

The following list of slaves was from the inventory of his estate.  I hope that this might prove to be helpful to someone in their research!  I will post the full inventory at a later date.

Here is a list of the slaves, transcribed so that it will show up in a search engine.

Negro Man Frank, aged about 45 years….300.00
Negro Man Jem, aged about 34 nearly blind…100.00
” Woman Louisa aged about 40 years…200.00
” Woman Annica aged about 45 years…175.00
Annica’s Child Milly 2 years old next May…100.00
Negro Boy Isaac about 20 years old…540.00
Negro Boy Harrison about 15 years old…450.00

Negro Woman Edy about 23 years old…400.00
” Boy Franklin about 12 years old…425.00
” Boy Kingston about 13 years old…400.00
” Boy Booker about 7 years old…200.00
” Girl Ann about 6 years old…200.00
” Girl Judith about 11 years old…425.00
” Girl Elvira about 6 years old…200.00
” Boy Wiley about 3 years old…200.00
” Girl Charlotte about 3 years old…150.00
” Boy Daniel about 21 years…550.00
” Boy Booker about 36 years…400.00

Is it just me, or does it seem like there is a very disproportionate number of small children?  I wonder why.

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  • Renate - December 17, 2010 - 6:51 am

    This is an informative inventory. I think, at first glance, it does look like a lot of children, but when I looked at it more closely, I realized that, for the most part the children were just listed separately from the adults, but when I looked at it more critically, I saw that there were eight adults (20 and up) and and ten children, which makes sense, so I think it’s probably pretty normal.

    Also, interesting that he calls people in their 20’s and 30’s, “Boy”. (I know they called our men that in person, but I don’t often see them referred to that way in the inventories.)

    Thanks for posting this. Hopefully, just the right person will see it!


  • Jen - December 17, 2010 - 9:55 am

    You’re right Renate. I guess it just looked like there were so many children, because they are listed all together.

    I thought it was interesting too that grown adults were listed as “Boy”.

    I really hope that someone is able to find their family on here!ReplyCancel

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