Name Changes of
ANDREWS, Joseph B.
BOYD, Samuel 1823
BURNETT, Col. John J.
BURNETT, John J., Jr.
CATER, Benjamin F.
COUPER, James Hamilton
DUBIGNON, Christophe Poulain 1825
JENKINS, William D.
1810 or 16
REED, George A.
TROUP, James M.
WYLLY, Alexander Campbell
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. If you would like me to lookup a family that you believe owned
slaves that you have descended from, feel free to
email me with a request.
The majority of the information
found here was extracted from courthouse records that I was able to
personally view, scan, and transcribe from. 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:
https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/1999178 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, slave owners sold and purchased slaves throughout their lifetime
and the estate may have done the same in order to settle; 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 slave owning family comes into play. Contrary to popular opinion,
you DO need to know the genealogy of the slave-owning family. Knowing their
history will help you locate more records that may track your ancestor(s) family
back a few more generations. Families passed the enslaved from one 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
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 a slave-owning family name on the left that was associated with your
research, check the various records section listed to the top right side of this
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
Be sure to look at the newspaper sections
on this site; many early papers had runaway slave ads, sales, and more articles of
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
The St. Simons
African-American Heritage Coalition The mission of SSAAHC is
"to educate, preserve, and revitalize African-American heritage and
culture." Our goals are three-fold: land-loss prevention, historic
preservation, and economic development.
The bureau records were
created or maintained by bureau headquarters, the assistant
commissioners and the state superintendents of education and
included personnel records and a variety of standard reports
concerning bureau programs and conditions in the states.
AfriGeneas is a site
devoted to African American genealogy, to researching African
Ancestry in the Americas in particular and to genealogical research
and resources in general. It is also an African Ancestry research
community featuring the AfriGeneas mail list, the AfriGeneas message
boards and daily and weekly genealogy chats.
African-American Research Links to databases and other
online research topics
Cemeteries Online dedicated to transcribing and
recording African-American cemeteries around the country.
Voyages; The Trans-Atlantic
Slave Trade Database Has information on almost 35,000
slaving voyages that forcibly embarked over 10 million Africans for
transport to the Americas
between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries. It offers
students and the general public a chance to rediscover the reality
one of the largest forced movements of peoples in world history.
They Had Names African-Americans in early Liberty
County, Georgia records. A blog to aid in family history
research for enslaved ancestors.
From Glynn County Estate Records
Original images at
Family Files & Personal Histories
From pension files and family submissions
Slave Law Timeline
by Tara Fields