- Record Date: 01/13/1842
- Record Type: Deed
- Record Call No. Mss2 H7839 b 16
- Record Title: Deed of sale, 1842, of William SMITH for two African-American slaves, Mana and Judith
- Document Notes: Judith and Mana were sold by William Smith to Hudson M. WINGFIELD for the combined price of $300 to pay a debt to Polly V. CROSS
Admittedly, I’m not the traditional Thanksgiving Day observer. As I sit here tonight, relaxing after enjoying movies and junk food with the kids, my mind landed on the WINGFIELD WHITLOCK Slave Ancestors of Virginia. Connected to my family line, I have no idea how much of their bloodline departed Hanover VA with Thomas WINGFIELD in 1783 in-route to Washington-Wilkes GA. 23 Slave Ancestors counted as WINGFIELD’s property are evidence my lineage didn’t begin in 1783 Wilkes County GA, so I can certainly count among these souls DNA Ancestors.
DNA connections don’t really matter much tonight. On a day when we traditionally draw family close, my Ancestors deserve a home here, among kin who shared common experiences and a descendant doing all she can to restore and preserve their legacy.
Slave names and data transcribed here are in alphabetical order accompanied by the names of slaves from the wills of Thomas WINGFIELD (1837) and Martha WHITLOCK (1825).
Peace and ease WINGFIELD WHITLOCK Ancestors. Thankful to have you home.
I’ve never seen an image of Samuel WINGFIELD. The researcher in me will certainly head to the WINGFIELD Family Society to see what additional information I can turn up as a lead to more Ancestors.
What I do know about Samuel WINGFIELD is he was Overseer to my Ancestors on the WINGFIELD and Ralph WORMELEY Plantations. A meticulous record keeper, evident by 300 Plantation Ledger pages that with great, heartbreaking detail, tell the story of what work life was like for my WILKES County Ancestors.
I have no plans to publish WINGFIELD’s ledger on Our Georgia Roots. There’s NOTHING in me that wants to give it life ever again. I don’t want to be tempted to understand what its formulas, word problems and complex equations truly represented.
I could study the ledger a lifetime, and NEVER understand the ability of a human being to calculate the value of another human being to be the equivalent of a work-mule.
Though I find no value in publishing the Plantation Ledger, I do believe they are artifacts descendants of Enslaved Ancestors need to see. I would encourage family historians to make an effort to identify and research these rare, but genealogically value documents.
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According to 1782 HANOVER County VA tax records, Thomas WINGFIELD’s household consisted of 9 family members and 23 slaves. For WINGFIELD’s Revolutionary War service, he received a land grant of 200 acres, migrating to WILKES County GA in 1783.
The 23 Slaves migrating with Thomas WINGFIELD were my original Virginia Ancestors. Pretty darn phenomenal huh?!
This past Saturday, I drove 2.5 hours from Charlotte to the Duke University Rubenstein Rare Document & Manuscript Library to view the collection in person!:)
The WINGFIELD Collection isn’t the first slave owner collection I’ve discovered.
In 2009 I found the Claude Carr CODY Collection housed at Southwestern University in TX. A MASSIVE collection of personal documents belonging to Claude’s Father Madison Derelle CODY, a slave owner of my WARREN County Ancestors. Excited, I hired an onsite researcher to identify documents relevant to my research. Roughly 1 week later we realized the unthinkable — EVERY slave related document belonging to Madison CODY had be meticulously omitted. There wasn’t one, single mention of my Ancestors anywhere.
Devastated is the only word to even come close to how I felt. So though excited to finally touch the WINGFIELD collection, I was careful to hold my excitement in check.
Though much smaller, the historical information contained within the WINGFIELD Collection is far richer than anything I would have expected!
So what did I discover?
- WINGFIELD Slave Names. To […]
My prayer, may your names FOREVER be called. I pay homage to my WINGFIELD Ancestors. Ashe-O!
Martha & Children
Richard & Moriah
WINGFIELD Ancestors 1780-1797
WINGFIELD Ancestors 1799-1820
WINGFIELD Ancestors 18??-1862
WINGFIELD Ancestors List of Negroes Ages 1848-1859
WINGFIELD Ancestors List of Negroes Ages 1794-1832
WINGFIELD Ancestors Births 1790-1848
WINGFIELD Ancestors Deaths 1832-1866
WINGFIELD Ancestors Births 1859-1907
I celebrated EVERY Ancestor name I discovered and carried them home with me. There are MANY days of analysis and transcribing ahead, but for tonight I’m just thankful to finally meet Martha and her Children.
I pay homage to my WINGFIELD Ancestors…
A very grateful, Luckie
Source: WINGFIELD Family – Papers, 1772-1907 (bulk 1772-1866) manuscript
Historical Slave Artifacts being sold always have and always will make me physically ill. That said, if it were within my means, I’d purchase EVERY document I could acquire and seek to return it to the rightful descendants. This is NOT memorabilia. This is my Ancestry and legacy.
Given we’ve just viewed Many Rivers to Cross: Into the Fire and spent time paying homage to the Ancestors who sought freedom in Contraband Camps established during the Civil War, I could NOT pass by this SOLD artifact holding a wealth of genealogy and family lineage knowledge.
The record in entirety is provided below. Thanks to AAGSAR Member Sandra Williams Bush (Ancestral Callings) for sharing the site link. A painful experience to scroll through but valuable one nonetheless.
“The Contraband sought to live as free men & women in the midst of an uncertain future…” ~ @HenryLouisGates #ManyRiversPBS
I pay homage to the Ancestors (Damballah Egun)
71009 – EXTREMELY RARE ARCHIVE OF THE US ARMY NEAR NEW ORLEANS SETTING UP THE FIRST CONTRABAND CAMPS TO ORGANIZE NEGROES INTO WORKING UNITS FOR BUILDING FORTIFICATIONS AND LABOR FOR LOCAL PLANTATIONS, Includes the following Camp Parapet near New Orleans, LA, February 1st, 1863. Three large pages in manuscript, Headquarters, Detachment of the 42nd Mass. Camp Parapet, LA. “Regulations for Contraband Camps and Working Parties”. An elaborate description of organization of the Negro contrabands appointing Corporal George H. Smith of […]
No way after waiting patiently for months to see Solomon Northup’s narrative 12 Years a Slave on the big screen, could I avoid this post.
There are no movie spoilers revealed here. No details to offer or deep insights to expound upon. A timestamped narrative so horrific and explicit, it leaves little else to be said.
I cried through most of the movie. The only word to describe the emotion I felt leaving the theater — grief. Heavy, weighty, take your words away, grief.
Though I’ve yet to identify any pre-1865 free men among my Georgia or Alabama Ancestors, I could attach known Ancestors to on-screen incarnations, which made the entire 2 hours 13 minutes of enduring 12 Years A Slave painful.
My 10 year old Catie was there, being donated to Rev. James DICKEY as he journeyed to Wilkes County, Georgia; removed from her family and all things familiar. As the church’s property, did anyone protect an innocent Catie from the rape assault of a master or cruelty of a mistress?
Grandpa Philip was among the dirty, weary men returning from a day of picking cotton, only to find his wife and children sold by Master CARTER. There was no solace offered him, only a command/warning to choose another woman. How did Phil carry his new burden and shame back to the field when the sun came up? How did he live with his loss an additional 65 […]
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- Credit: Georgia Department of Archives and History.
- Media type: photograph
- Annotation: Women on Sapelo Island, Georgia, hull rice with a mortar and pestle much in the same manner as their slave ancestors. Language, agricultural, and cultural traditions from West Africa were preserved in the Geechee culture that developed in the Sea Islands of Georgia. The name Gullah has come to be the accepted name of the islanders in South Carolina, while Geechee refers to the islanders of Georgia. Both of these cultures are linked to West Africans who were enslaved on island plantations to grow rice, indigo, and cotton as early as 1750.
- Year: 1900