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The American Revolution in Alexandria, Virginia: Upheaval in George Washington’s Hometown

Alexandria, Virginia, is well known as George Washington’s hometown, but its role during the American Revolution is not widely understood. Like the rest of... The post The American Revolution in Alexandria, Virginia: Upheaval in George Washington’s...

Slaves - Marriage in Virginia and Maryland

Born in New Jersey, Quaker John Woolman (1720-1772) was a tailor & shopkeeper. In 1756, the year he began his journal, he gave up most of his business to become an itinerant preacher devoted to abolishing military taxation, conscription, & slavery....
From: 18th-century American Women on 8 Mar 2020

Female Slaves & Rice Cultivation in Georgetown County, South Carolina

Female Slaves and Rice Cultivation in Georgetown County, South CarolinaThe intricate steps involved in planting, cultivating, harvesting, and preparing rice required an immense labor force. Planters stated that African slaves were particularly suited...
From: 18th-century American Women on 22 Jan 2020

Runaway House Slaves

Maryland Journal and Baltimore Advertiser (Goddard), Baltimore, June 27, 1780.NEGROES, who ran away...Lucy, Hannah, and Nan...They are most of them very artful, and expect to pass as free people...Lucy's business has been to wash and iron. Young Hannah...
From: 18th-century American Women on 18 Jan 2020

Newspaper - Runaway Slaves Who Could Read & Write

.Virginia Journal and Alexandria Advertiser (Richards), Alexandria, September 29, 1785.RAN AWAY...a MULATTO WOMAN, named MOLLY; of a middle size. She took with her two Virginia cloth jackets and petticoats, one brown and one green baize ditto, with sundry...
From: 18th-century American Women on 16 Jan 2020

Thomas Jefferson's Wife Martha Wayles Skelton Jefferson 1748-1782 & Her Half-Sister Sally Hemings 1773-1835

It gets a little complicated...Martha Wayles Skelton Jefferson (1748-1782), was Thomas Jefferson's (1743-1826) wife. She was born in Virginia at The Forest, the Charles City County plantation of her father John Wayles (1715-1773) & his 1st wife, Martha...
From: 18th-century American Women on 6 Jan 2020

Slaves - Life in Georgia and Carolina 1750

. The Rev. Mr. Johann Martin Bolzius (1703- 1765) was a pastor who accompanied the Salzburgers from Rotterdam in their pilgrimage to England, and then on to Georgia in 1733. He wrote back to Rotterdam trying to explain the Atlantic coast colonies in the...
From: 18th-century American Women on 11 Mar 2013

Rare African American portraits connected to Philadlphia's 1st Mayor

Franklin Street (Philadelphia artist) Charles Montier (1818–1905) 1841Franklin Street (Philadelphia artist) Elizabeth Brown Montier (1820–c. 1858) The Philadelphia Museum of Art houses an extremely rare pair of portraits of African American sitters...
From: 18th-century American Women on 20 Sep 2013

About slave Jenny, the good spinster...

Robert Carter, Letter to Clement Brooke of the Baltimore Iron Works. 11 November 1776. Description: Item is a letter and an invoice. Of interest is reference made to Jenny. The "Negroe Woman" is on board the sloop Atwell along with a host of other...
From: 18th-century American Women on 30 Sep 2013

Newspaper - Runaway Slaves - Carders, Spinners, Weavers, & Knitters

. Virginia Gazette (Hunter), Williamsburg, November 7, 1754.RAN away...a Mulatto Wench, named Molly, about 26 Years of Age, of a middle Stature, long Visage, and freckled, has a drawling Speech, a down Look, and has been chiefly brought up to Carding...
From: 18th-century American Women on 30 Sep 2013

Former slave Catherine Ferguson 1774-1854 devotes her life to neglected children in NYC

When former slave Catherine Ferguson, a New York City woman devoted to Christian education & the care of orphans, died in 1854, her death prompted this obituary written by Lewis Tappan, an eminent evangelical antislavery activist. ...
From: 18th-century American Women on 2 Oct 2013

Newspaper - Virginia Runaway Slave Seamstresses

.An unusual number of the slave seamstresses and house slaves appearing in Virginia runaway notices, were mulatto. The seamstresses had a variety of skills; while all were seamstresses, some were also described as being able to spin, weave, wash, and...
From: 18th-century American Women on 2 Oct 2013

Boston Slave Poet Phillis Wheatley d 1784

When a London bookseller presented the manuscript of Phillis Wheatley's 1773 Poems on Various Subjects to the Countess of Huntingdon, the anti-slavery English noblewoman was reportedly "fond of having the book dedicated to her; but one thing she desir'd...
From: 18th-century American Women on 17 Oct 2016

George Washington & Female Slaves

George Washington as Farmer by Junius Brutus Stearns. 1851Excerpted from the 1915 book George Washington: Farmer by Paul Leland Haworth (1876-1936) Ch 12  Slaves,,,Visitors at Mount Vernon saw many faces there, but only a few were white faces,...
From: 18th-century American Women on 17 Jan 2019

US Slaves during the 18C & 19C Christmas Holidays

The Slave Experience of the HolidaysFrom Documenting the American South. University Library, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.American slaves experienced the Christmas holidays in many different ways. Joy, hope, and celebration...
From: 18th-century American Women on 21 Dec 2018

1761 Christmas in Virginia - Hopes for Hymnals for the Slaves

Reverend John Wright was a Presbyterian minister active in Cumberland County, Virginia, during the 1760s. On the Feast of the Epiphany, 1761, he wrote to several benefactors in England describing the following Christmas scene: "My landlord tells me, when...
From: 18th-century American Women on 10 Dec 2018

Christmas for Thomas Jefferson's Slaves

Portrait of President Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) by Revolutionary War hero Tadeusz Kosciuszko (1746-1817)During the Christmas season, slaves at Monticello sometimes were allowed to visit family members from whom they had been separated by assignments...
From: 18th-century American Women on 5 Dec 2018

The Washington Family & the Anglican Priest who composed a Christmas Hymn & hoped to educate Slaves

A Christmas hymn for metrical singing was composed in colonial Virginia by the Reverend James Marye in the early 1770s. Marye was rector of Saint George's Parish, located in Fredericksburg in Spotsylvania County, from 1768 to 1780.  The first...
From: 18th-century American Women on 4 Dec 2018

Fugitive Slaves in Maryland

From The Library Company of PhiladelphiaAfrican American men & women used the act of running away as part of a broader system of resisting the physical and psychological manipulation of slavery. In most instances, slaves left plantations or work sites...
From: 18th-century American Women on 14 Jul 2018

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