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Africanus, Scipio (c. 1702–1720), servant, was born of an African family that most likely came from west Africa, where many Bristol merchants bought or captured black men and women for transport to the American colonies. He became the servant of Charles William Howard, ...

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Barber, Francis (c. 1745–1801), servant, was born a slave in Jamaica; his birth name and family are unknown. He was brought to England by Richard Bathurst, father to Johnson's friend of that name, who had him baptized and named Francis Barber, and sent him to a school in ...

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Falcieri, Giovanni Battista [Tita] (1798–1874), servant, was born in Venice, the son of a gondolier, also Giovanni Battista Falcieri (1761–in or after 1835). The Falcieri were hereditary gondoliers to the Mocenigi family and, as a result, the younger Giovanni's service came with the house when ...

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Fletcher, William (b. 1773, d. in or after 1841), valet, was the son of John Fletcher (c.1750–1808), a farmer, and his wife, Mary (c.1750–1800). He was already a manservant at Burgage Manor, Southwell, Nottinghamshire, when Catherine Byron and her son arrived there in July 1803. On 23 July 1804 he married ...

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Gronniosaw, Ukawsaw [pseud. James Albert] (1710x14–1775), freed slave and autobiographer, was probably born in Bornu (now north-eastern Nigeria), the youngest of the six children of the eldest daughter of the king of Bournou (Bornu). Spiritually dissatisfied with the animist faith in which he was brought up, he soon alienated himself from his friends and relatives by his constant questions challenging their faith in physical objects, as well as by his growing belief in the existence of an uncreated creator. Increasingly 'dejected and melancholy' (...

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Henson, Josiah (1789–1883), escaped slave, slavery abolitionist, and Methodist minister, was born on 15 June 1789 in Charles county, Maryland, USA, one of six children of slave parents. He experienced the harsh realities of slavery early in life. He saw his father receive 100 lashes and then have his ear cut off as punishment for defending his mother from the plantation overseer. His father was then sold south and was never heard from again. ...

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Hochee, John (1789–1869), servant and landowner, was born Ho Chee, otherwise Ho Chi or He Zhi, in Canton, China, in 1789, the son of Ho Foo, a mandarin. After education he probably worked for the East India Company in Canton, since he met and became a trusted servant of ...

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Husee, John (d. 1548), agent and soldier, is known to history principally as the servant of Arthur Plantagenet, Viscount Lisle, governor of the English outpost at Calais between 1533 and 1540. Thanks to that employment, and as a result of the seizure of ...

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Kennedy [known as Douglas], Scipio [Sipio] (1693x7–1774), freed slave and weaver, was born in Guinea, on the west African coast, from where he was taken by slave ship to Jamaica about 1702. Details of his family are unknown. On his arrival in ...

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Marshall, William (1748–1833), composer and servant, spent his life near Fochabers, Morayshire, where he was born on 27 December 1748, one of at least three children of Francis Marishal and his wife, Isabel Innes. At the age of twelve, after 'some instruction from his father' and 'six months at a grammar-school' (...

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Henry Moat (1871–1940) by Christopher Richard Nevinson, 1918 © The University of Hull Art Collection / Bridgeman Art Library

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Moat, Henry (1871–1940), servant, was born on 2 August 1871 at 17 The Cragg, Whitby, in the North Riding of Yorkshire, the son of John Moat (b. 1827/8), master joiner, and his wife, Jane, née Carter (b. 1831/2). By his own account the ...

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Moraley, William (1698–1762), indentured servant and writer, was born on 25 February 1698 and baptized on 1 March at Christ Church, Greyfriars, Newgate, London, the only child of William Moraley (d. 1725), a journeyman watchmaker, and Martha, née Mason (d. 1740)...

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Pallady, Richard (b. 1515/16, d. in or before 1563), household official and member of parliament, was born of a yeoman family at Irthlingborough, Northamptonshire. He was educated as a king's scholar at Eton College from about 1529 and admitted to King's College, Cambridge...

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