Coastal Georgia Enslavement Records
Camden County Free Persons of Color 1819-1843
ANDREWS, Joseph B.
ARMSTRONG, Thomas 1818
BELL, Nathaniel 1834
BOWERS, Jonathan 1829
BOYD, Samuel 1823
BURNETT, Col. John J.
BURNETT, John J., Jr.
CATER, Benjamin F.
COUPER, James Hamilton
CRAWFORD, William 1809
DEMERE, Raymond 1820
DEWITT, Charles 1822
DUBIGNON, Christophe Poulain 1825
GIGNILLIAT, James 1823
GIGNILLIAT, John 1844
HOPKINS, Francis 1827
JENKINS, William D.
McKINNON, Thomas B. 1810
McLEADE, James 1810 or 16
MOODY, Robert 1838
MOORE, James 1825
PELOT, Charles & Cato
REED, George A.
RUSSELL, John 1814
SCOTT, Mary 1847
SCOTT, William 1850
STAFFORD, Robert 1864
TROUP, Gov. George Michael
TROUP, James M.
The following enslavement records were extracted from various sources located in the Glynn County Court House and from records in surrounding areas; some from estate records, deeds, indentures, newspaper articles, and so forth. I have not searched through every available source, these are extracted from records I have in my possession or as I do lookups for people, I extract any and all enslavement information.
The majority of the information found here was extracted from courthouse records that I was able to personally view, scan, and transcribe. When I started this research, no one was allowed to handle these records, thus making it hard for people to view the originals because the courthouse staff were already overworked, they didn't have time to research a person's family history through estate files and minutes books and make copies.
The LDS website has since put these loose papers and ledger books online from every available courthouse whose records they scanned and microfilmed so many years ago. Therefore, you can now search through them without leaving home. Unfortunately, they do not have a search engine for this database:
Or click on BROWSE IMAGES... and then pick a county! Just remember, many courthouses had fires and the time frame you are seeking may not be available. Glynn County was lucky in that they never had a courthouse fire, however, they did have a house fire that destroyed many property and civil cases from the Civil War era, but, their probate records are as complete as they can be (things do go missing over time).
Records taken from estate papers are by no means a complete accounting of the enslaved persons owned by a particular family. As you know, enslavers sold and purchased humans throughout their lifetime and the estate may have done the same in order to settle debts; therefore, always, always, always, check the entire estate file and any property records filed for the person at the time of their death. This is also where knowing the family history of the enslaving family comes into play. Contrary to popular opinion, you DO need to know the genealogy of the enslaver's family. Knowing their history will help you locate more records that may track your ancestor(s) back a few more generations. Families passed the enslaved from one family member to the next as gifts or as part of a dowry, therefore, if you don't know who the daughter married and when, you might miss out on a pertinent record involving your ancestor.
Some estates only listed a few enslaved persons, in order to save web space, I have listed these estates under the Various Records section in alphabetical order; therefore, if you don't see an enslaving family name on the left that was associated with your research, check the various records section listed to the top right side of this screen.
Many of the folks listed to the left have wills transcribed elsewhere on this website mentioning enslaved persons and most times that person was exempted from the estate inventory because of a personal bequest, don't take the inventory of estate as a complete listing of the enslaved; check every record associated with the estate.
Be sure to look at the newspaper sections on this site; many early papers had "runaway slave" ads, sales, legal notices, and more articles of interest.
This page is a constant work in progress that may never be finished. Any additions are greatly appreciated. I would like to include any family stories passed down, or personal accounts of your family's heritage that you would like to share or links to helpful websites or research repositories.
Websites of Interest
From Glynn County Estate Records
War of 1812
Concerning Free Persons of Colour
Savannah Slave Manifests
Family Files & Personal Histories
Schrödinger's Pilot; Who was James A. Clubb, Pilot & Lighthouse
Amy Lyn Hedrick
Amy Lyn Hedrick
They Had Names
Original Source Documents
Slave Law Timeline
Family Search Images
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