What to do with unnamed slaves?

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Deacon John Throop was a pious and to all accounts, a wealthy man, in Bristol, then Plymouth Colony, then Massachusetts Bay Colony, and finally, Rhode Island Colony. Deacon John apparently was aksi a slave owner; Bristol records disclose the deaths of "Dea[con], his negro woman , Nov. 12, 1741; [and] his negro man, May ___, 1742."

No first names, surnames, ages, no way to identify them at all. It doesn't seem right to leave them unremarked in their "owner"'s profile, but creating profiles for them would leave them forever unconnected to our world tree. Suggestions anyone?
WikiTree profile: John Throop
in Genealogy Help by Jim Parish G2G6 Pilot (127k points)
retagged by Ellen Smith
Thanks, Ellen, for retagging this. Don't know why I didn't do it to begin with!
If he owned slaves wouldn't that make him satanic instead of pious?  Just saying...
Remarkably, many pious people owned slaves.
I felt the same way ,Jim, about my Jewish ancestors. I'm sure that I have some ancestors from the USA South who are slaves and biracial because of a planter-owner taking slave women for sex.

What I've done with my Jewish ancestors is to put them in a paternal line of which was sure connection and use Unknown Unknown. Others have done the same thing with changes in the reasoning for their missing but implied family members.
I don't remember which ancestor show I watched where they were searching for an ancestor that was a slave. The steps they followed were with the most recent parents 2. They found them with their parents on a census. They looked for the next generation (grandparents) and they  followed them until they had the state where their ancestors were slaves,in this situation there was only one family of slave owners with that surnames (slaves generally take the slave owner last name, so they found the slave owner and looked at his list of slaves,they found only one slave in the correct age group and they felt that was him.I had sorta been thinking about listing the slave as unknown with sur name and the information that was available attached to the family that had them.

Go to PBS and Look for Finding Your Roots. I would have posted the link but for some reason it would not allow me to do that

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I'm not really sure myself what to do with those individuals. Suggest you check out the US Southern Colonies Slavery Project. I'm sure they can help answer your questions.

by Shirley Dalton G2G6 Pilot (432k points)
Sadly, I think there isn't much more you can do without additional information. The Slavery Project may indeed have some suggestions, but they would essentially be (as you have suggested) unconnected profiles in the system, with a first name, no last name, no birth date, no birth place, etc. I have tried hard to resist creating profiles with extremely limited information like this unless there was some hope that down the road additional material might become available to fill in the blanks. If you believe you can find such material, then I would consider creating profiles for them and somehow link them into the biography of this one. Just my 2 cents.
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I'd like to see them profiled. They don't need to be completely disconnected. Just link to their owner when you write the bio.
by C. Mackinnon G2G6 Pilot (201k points)

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