I. Slave Data Base – Hancock County, MS

 Over recent years, I have had a number of inquiries, both in person and online, by folks looking into their Hancock County forebears. Even though my website is not a genealogical oriented source, it has been fruitful to a number of people whose ancestry includes African-American lineages.
 
One example of success involved a professor at an eastern university who was able to identify her ancestor as having been one of the “servants” at the Sea Song plantation in Waveland, described in my article a couple of years ago.
 
The mention of names has sometimes been included in those articles where slaves are listed in official documents such as land deeds and probate records. In the case of the example above, the source of names was in family letters. Making identification difficult is the fact that slaves were referred to by first names only, as though they had never been part of families.
 
It is commonly known that former slaves, when freed, often took the names of their previous masters. It may be that tracing of ancestors could be substantially helped by knowing the last names of those who had held others in bondage.
 
In the lists that follow, both ages and family connections are included when possible. Also, available valuations are shown, most from estate inventories, and others from actual sales. Names highlighted in red are those which are repeats, although not necessarily indicating the same person.
 
I know that there are other lists to be found, but it goes without saying that finding them is a difficult, time-consuming task. Nonetheless, if this article is found to be of value, I will commit to searching for additional data.               
 
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Claiborne – 1832
Register Maria, their children Polly, Cary, George and Scott
Brown and Amy and their children Lizzy, Leana, John and Henry
Goodwyn and Frankey, and child Richard
Isham and Nancy and [children without parents?] John, Caroline, Emmanuel
Price and Fanny and children Grione, Julia Ann, Gucentina, Polly, Gilbert, Freeman
Clom [Clem?] (blacksmith) Patsey and children Frank, Anderson, Shadrach, Burton, Harriett
Willis and Martha and child Cely
Jesse, Hartwell, Lasu, Isaac, Nelson
All above of sound mind with exception of Amey (obstruction, menstrual discharges) and Nelson (sore leg, occasioned by an injury received from an ox cart)
 
 
Trust for Amelia P. Russ – 1839
Solomon 50
Leah 40
Lucinda 35
Jenny 25
Lestenia 16
Phillis 15
Hester 13
Esau 12
Bella 11
March 10
Sylvia 8
Straffon 7
Willis 7
Jubita 7
Barley 6
Sharlo 5
Matilda 4
Hannah 3
Louise 3
Henry 3
Jacob 10 mo.
 
 
Widow Butler will, 1844
Satira 80 – $10
Linda 58 – 150
Isaac, her male child 27 –  600
Judy ? 400
Lucy ? 150
Moses 1 –  100
Celia 14 – 450
Jordan 13 – 500
Courtney 9 – 300
Martha 54 – 100 (Marthy?)
Gritta 42 – 250
Alfred, child of Gritta 19 – 600
Frederick 18 – 500
Laura 6 – 250
John 5 – 250
Louvina 4 – 175
Charlotte 3 – 125
Martha 3 months – 50
Sacharisa 60 – 25
Kate, her child 30 – 300
John Louis 13, Kate’s child – 450
Rosetta 12 –  400
Hariotte 10 – 300
Milla 8 – 250
Ada (idiot) 7 – 5
Allen 5 – 150
Amos 31 – 500 child of Sacharisa
Horace 16 – 400
Adel 10 – 350
Scipio 60 – 200
 
 
 
Alfred Farr partition – 1849
This document contains four listings of slaves, all drawn under the same order of partition, dated April 30, 1849. As they seem to overlap, I will try to make one master list.]
Silvy $300
Sary 450
May 450
Emoline 400
Josh 400
Hannah 250
Monday 225
Vine 200
Sam 800
Ben 700
Elizabeth and child Pomula 700
McDaniel 100
Hagar 300
Frank 300
Orange 300
Milley 475
 
Second list, additions only:
Lucy 300
Doreas and child 875
Edwin 375
Betsy and child 875 (same as Elizabeth above?)
Hagar and child 600 (same as above?)
Jenny 400
Martha 425
Daniel 400
Agnes 325
Jes 700
Manuel 750
Elijah 400
 
Third list, additions:
Salina 300
Rose 550
Nancy and child 750
Louisa 650
Taff 600
Washington 450
Willis 275
Lewis 1100
June 600
Ellick 475
Lilly 500
 
Fourth list additions
Milly and child Mana 625
Esther 375
Margaret 275
Berry 275
Mildred 250
Bellow and child Mary Jane 700
Julia 325
Mary and child Rachel 800
Simon and Peter 300 850 =
Caroline 260
Dolly 260
Wristry 275
Moody 750
 
[61 total]
 
 
Cowand – 1853
Includes Eliza and three children
Sarah and Daniel
Robert
Jim and Rosetta
Jack
Maria
 Collins
 William
Windsor [EF Russ, guardian]
Marthy
Martha
 
 
 
 
Heirs of James Farr – 1853
Lucy
Darcos a yellow woman and child Charlotte
Hagar and her two children, David, Bet
Edmund 13
Jerry 17
Martha
Jess
Manuel 27
Elijah 12
David 5
Betsy Ann
[Above is result of combining of two documents; second was estate of Margaret D. Farr, date unknown. Spellings differed. Heirs of Farr did not contain ages, and so if second is not from 1853, ages could be off.]
 
 
Bayard – 1850 – probate, p. 81
Note French names
Following are from appraisal:
Noumoute 14
Manette 13
Touché 11
Mimi 8
Etienne 2
Philip 16 months
Henry 18 months
Marianne 30
Benoit 10
Louise 11
Adele 8
Gustave 4
Fine 20
Helene 11
Joe 21
Jean 14
[values 150 to 600; distinctions made between mulatto and negro]
 
Bayard cont’d: Sales of some of above –
Negro woman Fine sold to John Dedeaux for 410
Joe to Dedeaux 760
Benoit to Joseph Bosetto 410
Maryann and child 710
Adele 410
Polonio and children Henry and Philip to Auguste Lafitte 630
Girl Touche to Jos. Lizanna 500
Mimi to Antoine Bayard, Jr. 270
Helene to Lizanna 400
Etienne to Pierre Saucier 270
 
Jarrell – 1853
Hagar, $550
 Rachael and child Isadore, 900
William 1100
Gilbert 1100
Rose and Monday 900
Edmond 750
 
Pray – 1855
Martha, 30 – $800
Easter 30, 800
Boy Albert, 12 – 500
Boy Charles 10, 400
Boy William 10, 400
Andrew, 12 months, 100
Boy Edwards 13, 600
Elder 21, 1200
Nathan 32, 1500
Martha 2, 200
 
 
John A Russ, guardian [p. 587, Probate]
Purchases by Poitevent, Patton
 
Russ – 1850
Zilpha, sold to F R ?Witter $415
 Edingbough to Mrs Mead $430
Sam to EF Russ for $700
Coco to SE Russ for $660
 
 
John Russ – 1857
Fool Tom, 45 – $700
John – cripple, 34 – 500
Dick 33 – 1400
Philips 45 – 1000
B0b 45 – 1000
Stephen 13 – 800
Sarah 34 – 1000
Bella 7 – 450
Ann 11 – 600
Josiah 3 – 430
Mary 6 – 300
George 4 – 230
Lewis 2 -200
Zine 13 – 600
Emiline 38 – 700
 
 
 
 
 
Mitchell – 1855
Alpha, age 6 – 400
Frank 1000
Woman Huldy 800
Boy Richmond 200
Woman Alpha, 400 [check earlier entry of age 6]
Maria 600
Jack 300
Sylvia (Sylvy) 23 – 800
Ben 30 – 1000
Sam 25 – 1000
Woman Juda 300
Lewis 3 – 250
Richmond 1 – 200
Phillis 60 – 000
Judy 45 – 300
 
 
 
Mary Lampkin, daughter if Francis Lewis – 1849
(not HC?)
[List of 40 slaves not shown here as all apparently in Loundes County, Alabama and inherited from father. Reason for filing in Hancock is not apparent; Francis Lewis does not appear in deed books a or b except in this connection.]
 
 
 
Lewis, Cadwallader – 1850
Frankey, woman 30
Jane 12
Bob 10
Charles 8
Deborah 6
Mat 30
Mathilda, his wife 28
 
 
Casanova, Eulalie – 1852
Hanna 28 – $600
Charles 5 – 250
Hampton 3 – 200
Isadore 7 – 250
Lindor 7 – 300
Fanny 11 – 350
Charlotte 9 – 275
Lubin? 14- 400
Mary 16 – 700
Hampton 41 – 800
Rachel 42 – 700
Margaret 70 – 60
 
 
Saucier, Francois and Emilie  – 1853 sale to Henry and Evariste Saucier, $10,000
Zernion 56
Colas 58
Zidore 21
James 19
Eugenie 19
Athanese 24
Thirese 27
Suzette, her child 8
Palanie 6
Camille 5
Jean 12
Philip 12
Basile 10
George 7
Alexander 4
Comelace 3
Lucile 26
Valsani, her child 10
Louise 8
Josephine 5
Julia 2
Flora 6 months
Hannah 44
Maria 38
Liza 45
Delphine 13
Rose 20
Pierre 11 months
Hortense 21
Madelaine 3
Helene 12
Mathilda 18
 
[32 in all, so many children!]
 
 
Seal estate – 1853
 Bought by W Poitevent Old Pete $150; also boy Cyranus $702; Rachel $807
Bought to Wingate: Joe ? for $1126
Bought by Solomon Seal – boy Jumon [Junior?] – 508
By Andrew Seal: woman and 2 ch –  912
By John Brewer, woman and 2 ch – 900
Young
Julia and child David
Latitia and child Manda
Rachel
 
 
 
Cadet Lafontaine – 1853
Charles, 20 – $600
Peter 19, 600
Caroline and children James and Henry, 800
 
Landrum – 1854
Woman and infant Catherine $1000
Boy Tom 600
Girl Pink 500
Boy Joe 350
 
Jones – 1855
Cipio 60 -$450
Maria 27- 850
Richmond 9 – 450
Charles 5 – 300
Caroline 9 mos – 100
Jane 35 – 800
Minerva 7 – 400
Julia 5 – 300
 
Poitevent – 1856
John Rone 45
Roxana 24 and her children Nathan 5 Felicia 5 Laura 3 Mingo 1/2
Sandy 52
Primass ? 48
Jack 40
Cupid 30
Dick 26
Charles 32
George 14
Caroline 12 sister of George
 
 
Doby – 1857
Paul sold to Wm. Poitevent 1130
Washington sold to Poitevent 1355
Madalaine, 24 and children Mary Ann 9, and Rose 6, Anderson 4, and Marguerite 2 to EF Russ, $2200
Terrassa and Octavine to O. Favre, 1335
 
 
 
Nicaise, Genevieve –  1857
Jim age 35 sold to Wm Poitevent for $900
Gustave 25 sold to Poitevent for 1350
Paul 23 sold to Ephraim Patton for 1600