- 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.
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
Author: WINGFIELD Family – Washington, Wilkes, GA
Title: Papers, 1772-1907 (bulk 1772-1866)
Location: Duke University, Rubenstein Special Collections Library: 2nd 81:L (original acc.), 2nd 54:C (90-025)
Description: 5 items
History notes: Overseer & planters of Hanover Co., VA & after 1786, Wilkes Co., GA
Wingfield Negro Slaves – Names & Birth Dates:
Billy born January 1799
Lydda born July 1799
Patty born August 1799
Gordon born January 1800
Margery born March 1800
Aggy born October 1800
Louisa born May 1801
Washington born December 1801
Jefferson born May 18, 1807
Zack born December 25, 1807
Caroline born June 11, (?)
George born April 14, 1810
Gilbert born October 1811
Anna born May 14, 1812
Ben born October 11, 1814
Sue born November 1, 1815
Mary born December 30, 1816
Sarah born October 20, 1818
William born July 6, 1820
Harriet born November 12, 1820
Fillis Born November 28, 1780
Daniel born August 24, 1783
Thornton born April 24, 1785
Isham born September 1788
Mary born November 1788
Solomon born June 1789
James born November 8 1790
Edmund born September 1790
Jenny born January 1791
Cealy born April 8, 1791
Ely born July 31, 1792
Abraham born October 1, 1792
(?)emly born January 30, 1793
Davy born October 1794
Stephen born February 20, 1795
Judy born April 25, 1790
Manuel born April 1795
Nancy born November 25, 1790
Martha born January 23, 1797
Rhoada born April 5, 1797
Kizzy born May 8, 1797
Lucy born August 25, 1797
Lucinda born August 25, 1797
A list of Negros Ages -
David born October 1794
Manuel born April 1795
Martha born January 1797
Billy born January 1799
Tom born January 1803
Richard born May 1805
Thompson born July 1807
Barbary born July 1809
Mary born September 1811 (sold)
Washington September 1813
Bob born October 1813
Venus born September 1815 – departed this life in October 1830
Henry born 1815 or 1816
Harriett born February 1820
Joe born September 1824 -sold 1854(?)
David born May 1824
L(?)dan born June 1826
(?)icy born 1828
Nancy born […]
Though I’d attempted to research a few random Ancestors, my “calling” didn’t really kick-in until the day my cousin Elbert STRINGER, 1 of 2 living Grandchildren of my 4th Grandmother Catie WINGFIELD DORSEY, shared the story of how Catie would reflect on being owned by “Master CODY” in Warren County. Grandma Catie told of how she’d been sold, leaving behind her Sister Ailey. The year was 1859. My Catie was 10 years old and Ailey 12 years old.
That was 1998/99 and aside from knowing Catie had been taken to WILKES County and somehow acquired the surname WINGFIELD, I had no more real information about our family history.
Over the years with the assistance of Elbert, Johnnie Mae (the 2nd living Grandchild of Catie’s and Elbert’s baby sister), Washington-Wilkes hometown elders and the WINGFIELD Family Society, I discovered and introduced my living family to our Washington-Wilkes and Warrenton heritage.
I progressed fast, filled many historical gaps and collected BEAUTIFUL vintage images that gave me a glimpse of the proud, hardworking folks I’d descended from.
But still no Ailey.
From 1999 until 2009 I researched numerous CODYS of Warrenton, Georgia to find the original slave owner of my Catie. Without question, Madison Derrell CODY and/or Robert D. CODY. And though I would find many family members, Ailey was not among them.
In 2010 by way of Ancestry I helped another non-related DORSEY confirm that his Rachael DORSEY of Rockdale, Georgia was not my Rachael DORSEY, Daughter of Ailey […]
The Wilkes County Georgia Tax Records below are a duplication of the transcribed records posted to the WINGFIELD Family Society website. If you are of WINGFIELD descent, membership to the Family Society is encouraged.
Many have often heard me express gratitude to the late Wilsie WINGFIELD CARR, the GG Grandaughter of Arcihbald WINGFIELD, who answered the biggest unknown of my family’s history — how exactly did we become WINGFIELDS? A census record gift from Wilsie confirmed my 4th Grandmother Catie DICKEY had actually married James WINGFIELD, my 4th Grandfather in Wilkes County, October 15th 1868.
As it turned out, widow Susan WINGFIELD, James’ owner and Rev. James DICKEY, Catie’s owner were next door neighbors according to the 1860 Wilkes County Census.
For any researcher of African-American/Slave Ancestry it’s imperative to identify your Ancestors pre-1865 slave owner(s) and to outreach when possible, any descendants online researching the shared family line(s).
Slave ownership and property records are critical elements in completing our collective family history.
Make an effort to extend your conversation and research efforts beyond your family/social circles and in some cases, comfort level.
Is the outcome of white descendant engagement always what you’d expect? NO – sometimes it’s MUCH more and at times, far less.
Nevertheless, if it aids in closing the gaps in your family’s story and helps to restore lost names, connections and lineage, isn’t it well worth the effort?
Happy root digging…
WILKES COUNTY GEORGIA TAX RECORDS, 1785-1805, Vol 1&2, by Frank Parker […]
We encounter so much on the journey digging through our family history “the list” helps keep me on task and stay focused. It’s also my way of alerting the Ancestors and Universe to my intentions, so they can continue to assist in unlocking the doors that have hold of their story.
So, what’s next for OGR? What would I really love to confirm or discover?
- Did Madison CODY sell or loan Catie to Rev. James DICKEY? What was their (CODY/DICKEY) connection/relationship?
- Does the journal of Madison CODY’s son have any clues helpful to our research?
- What happened to Catie when Rev. DICKEY left Wilkes County in 1861? Can we confirm Catie continued to work at the Smyrna Church? Was she purchased by someone else or did he take Catie with him8?
- Did cousin Elbert STRINGER know how he and cousin Blanche were related? Did Elbert realize Blanche was Ailey’s (Catie’s Sister) Granddaughter?
- Information about and pics of Joe DORSEY, Catie’s 2nd husband; is there any record of his death?
- Are there any STRINGER or DORSEY family bibles documenting our lineage?
- Will I ever be given access to Rev. James Madison DICKEY’s artifacts in possession of his family?
- Visit(s) to Warren County with cousin Gwen. I want that copy of Ailey’s picture! What other family history will we find there?
- What other information exists about Pierce CODY (Ailey & Catie’s brother) in the WPA records? Was there ever a picture of […]