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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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Barrett, Richard (1789–1839), slave owner and politician, was born in England on 11 October 1789, the second son of Samuel Barrett (1765–1794), a captain in the Horse Grenadier Guards, and Elizabeth Barrett Williams, née Waite (1754–1834), a widow. Barrett's mother and father were cousins and remained unmarried. ...

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Berridge, James (1774–1851), colonial official and slave owner, was born on 19 May 1774 in Bedford, the fifth son and fifth of the six children of William Berridge and his wife, Elizabeth, née Hood (1732–1812), sixth daughter of John Hood, a yeoman of ...

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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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(Ina) Sarah Forbes Bonetta (c. 1843–1880) by Camille Silvy, 1862 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bonetta [née Davies], (Ina) Sarah Forbes [Sally] (c. 1843–1880), Queen Victoria's ward, was born in west Africa (in the south-west of modern-day Nigeria) about 1843, of Yoruba descent. Few details are known about her family besides their massacre by forces loyal to the Dahomian monarch, ...

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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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Burnley, William Hardin (1780–1850), slave owner and colonial politician, was born in New York City on 21 April 1780, the son of Hardin Burnley (1741–1823) and his wife, Catherine, née Maitland (1752/3–1827). His great-grandfather, John Burnley, was born about 1670 in England and became an army officer; he married ...

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

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Codrington, Christopher Bethell (1764–1843), slave owner and politician, was born in October 1764. He was baptized Christopher Codrington at St Botolph without Bishopsgate, London, on 13 November 1764, the eldest son of Edward Codrington (1732–1775), a West India merchant in London, and his wife, ...

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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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Dalzel [formerly Dalziel], Archibald (1740–1818), historian and slave trader, was born in Kirkliston, Linlithgowshire, Scotland, on 23 October 1740, the eldest of the five children of William Dalziel (d. 1751) and his wife, Alice Linn. After being educated as a medical doctor 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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Diallo, Ayuba Suleiman [Job Ben Solomon] (c. 1701–1773), Muslim cleric and slave, was born about 1701 in Bundu, west Africa, the son of Suleiman Diallo, otherwise Solomon or Soliman Dgiallo, a prominent Fulbe political and Islamic leader. He spoke several African languages, and Arabic, which he could also read and write, and by the late 1720s had married two wives and had several children. In 1730, with his interpreter ...

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Ayuba Suleiman Diallo (c. 1701–1773) by William Hoare, 1733 © Christies Images / Bridgeman Images