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Barham, Joseph Foster (1759–1832), slave owner and politician, was born in London on 1 January 1759, the eldest son of Joseph Foster Barham (1729–1789), and his wife, Dorothea (d. 1781), daughter of Erasmus Vaughan of Trecŵn, Pembrokeshire. The musician and writer Thomas Foster Barham...

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Boddington, Samuel (1766–1843), West India merchant, slave owner, and collector, was born in London on 17 June 1766, the second son of Benjamin Boddington (d. 1791), a London West India merchant, and his wife, Sarah, daughter of Samuel Rickards, a haberdasher of ...

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Bolton, John (1756–1837), West India and South American merchant, slave trader, and slave owner, was born in King Street, Ulverston, Lancashire, on 22 March 1756, the third and youngest son of Abraham Bolton (d. 1764), apothecary, and his wife, Ann, née Philipson...

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Burge, William (1786–1849), barrister, slave owner, and anti-abolition advocate, was born in Castle Cary, Somerset, on 18 April 1786, the eldest son in the family of three sons and six daughters of John Burge (1746–1810), stocking maker, and his wife, Elizabeth (1760–1804), daughter of the ...

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Jack Burton (fl. 1831–1862) by William Notman, 1861 © McCord Museum (I-0.55.1)

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Burton, Jack [alias John Anderson] (fl. 1831–1862), fugitive slave, was born around 1831 in Howard county, Missouri, USA, the property of a tobacco farmer, Moses Burton. By his own account he was separated from his mother when aged about ten, as she was sold to another farmer. On Christmas day 1850 he underwent a form of marriage to ...

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William Butterworth (1769–1834) self-portrait, pubd 1823 © reserved

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Butterworth, William (1769–1834), slave-ship sailor and engraver, was born on 2 October 1769 at 55 Kirkgate, Leeds, Yorkshire, the second of five children of the Leeds engraver and copperplate printer John Butterworth, who had set up in business in Leeds in 1758. William...

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Coker, Frances [Fanny] (1767–1820), freed slave and domestic servant, was born on 26 August 1767 on Mountravers plantation, Nevis, in the West Indies, the first of five children of Black Polly (b. c.1752, d. in or after 1823). Her mother was probably enslaved in ...

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Crow, Hugh (1765–1829), privateer and slave trader, was born in Ramsey, Isle of Man, the son of Edmund Crow (1730–1809), a tradesman, and his wife, Judith (1737–1807). He lost his right eye in infancy, but despite this was apprenticed to a boat builder in ...

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Davenport, William (1725–1797), merchant and slave-trader, was born in Red Lion Square, London, in October 1725, the fourth of the eleven children of Davies Davenport (1696–1740), a gentleman, of Woodford and Marton, near Nantwich, Cheshire, and his wife, Penelope (c.1700–1737), the daughter and heir of ...

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Ewing, James (1775–1853), West India merchant, slave owner, and civic leader, was born in Glasgow on 5 December 1775, the fifth child (and second son) of Walter Ewing (d. 1814) and his wife, Margaret, née Fisher (d. 1815). His father, who assumed the additional surname ...

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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 '...

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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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Irving, James (1759–1791), naval surgeon and slave trader, was born at Langholm, Dumfriesshire, on 15 December 1759, the third and only surviving child of John Irving (1731?–1807), blacksmith and innkeeper, and his wife, Isobel, née Little (1725?–1791). As a surgeon and captain in the ...

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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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Knight, Joseph (b. c. 1753), slave and litigant, was born in west Africa, where he was captured and sold to a Captain Knight. Captain Knight, by whose surname he was subsequently known, sold him in Jamaica, aged about thirteen, to John Wedderburn, probably in 1766. ...

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McCalmont, Hugh senior (1765–1838), slave owner, was born on 31 December 1765, the son of Robert McCalmont (1730–1775) of Newtown, co. Antrim, Ireland, and his wife, Margaret (1731–1768), daughter of Hugh Mumford of Drumalis, co. Antrim. The McCalmonts were of Presbyterian Scottish origin, established in ...

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Moss, John (1782–1858), banker, railway promoter, and slaveowner, was born in Liverpool on 18 February 1782, the first son of Thomas Moss (1748–1805), a prosperous timber and general merchant and shipowner, and his wife, Betty, née Griffies (1754/5–1838). The family's wealth was partly attributable to the transatlantic trade in, and ownership of, enslaved people; ...

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