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Black Heritage Records in England

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This page exists to collect records of people in England in the 1700s and 1800s whose black heritage is clear from the record, primarily because such records sometimes give a forename with no surname, which would make them very difficult to locate using standard online search methods. Employer is used in the heading for brevity so more can be fitted in the other columns, and in theory slavery was never legal in England, but slaves were brought from other countries and kept in effective slavery by those who brought them, and in some cases for Employer read Owner.

This page is not really meant for records of people whose surname is recorded and who has a profile, or it will get unwieldy. But it might be useful to keep records where only a forename is recorded here for reference, even after a profile is made.

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Some records have been added based on secondary sources, care should be taken to verify them before further use.

See also https://sites.rootsweb.com/~hibernia/baptisms/black_baptisms.html (baptisms from Toxteth Park registers but without dates)

Year Name Employer Details Source
1813 Joseph Atkinson Died in wreck of Rothsay Castle 18 Aug 1813 aged 14, had run away a few days before and been forcibly returned; ship's master Lieutenant John Atkinson, ship's owner Mr William Watson of Liverpool (merchant), Atkinson had the power to dismiss crew but not without informing Watson Adshead, Joseph. A circumstantial narrative of the wreck of the Rothsay Castle steam packet : on her passage from Liverpool to Beaumaris, August 17, 1831. (Liverpool : D. Marples and Co, 1834). Accessed on https://archive.org/details/circumstantialna00adshiala/page/302/mode/2up
1736 Sambo Young black servant from West Indies, died on arrival at Sunderland, buried in a field near Sunderland Point, gravestone erected 1796 https://blackpresence.co.uk/slave-graves/
1720 Scipio Africanus William Servant of Charles William Earl of Suffolk, died 31? Dec 1720 aged 18, buried near Bristol https://blackpresence.co.uk/slave-graves/
1803 Mary Southworth "A mulatto woman in Preston". Bequeathed £20 per annum in the will of William Atherton (1742-bef.1803), provided she made no claims against him. Will of William Atherton - National Archives Reference: IR 26/425/852. Description: Abstract of Administration of William Atherton of Prescot, Lancashire. Proved in the Court of York. Date: November 10 1803. Accessed on https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/D7207252
1834 George John Scipio Africanus Born Sierra Leone, brought to Wolverhampton as a child, after death of master moved to Nottingham, married Ester & ran a successful Employment Agency there, had children, died 1834 aged 71, buried St Mary's Church Nottingham https://blackpresence.co.uk/slave-graves/
1767 Chloe Gambia Aston bapt 1767 St Peter's Church Aston-by-Sutton aged about 7, d 12 Sep 1838 https://blackpresence.co.uk/slave-graves/
1821 Joseph Nibbs "Man of colour" from St Kitts, cook on the Blenden Hall, lost in first venture for help following wreck of the ship in 1821 off Ascension Island. Place of residence not known, voyage was from England. Aberdeen Press and Journal 8 January 1823. Also Greig, Alexander M. Fate of the Blenden Hall, East Indiaman ... bound to Bombay : with an account of her wreck, and the sufferings and privations endured by the survivors for six months, on the desolate islands of Inaccessible and Tristan d'Acunha. (New York: W.H. Colyer, 1847). https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=hvd.32044019421171&view=1up&seq=78&q1=muster
1767 Chloe Gambia Aston d 12 Sep 1838 of breast cancer, bur St Peter’s Church, Aston-by-Sutton (bap 1767) https://blackpresence.co.uk/slave-graves/
1705 Myrtilla Beauchamp Slave of Mr Thos Beauchamp of Nevis (in the Caribbean). Bap 20 Oct (presumably 1705), bur 6 Jan 1705, Oxhill, Warwickshire https://blackpresence.co.uk/slave-graves/
1841 Jacob Walker Long Slave of George & Harriet Long who lived in Virginia and moved to England bringing him with them, he was then a servant and paid a wage. Died at Highgate London 12 Aug 1841 aged 39. https://blackpresence.co.uk/slave-graves/
1784 Philip Scipio Wharton Died 1784 aged about 18. Servant of Duke of Wharton. Gravestone at St Martin’s Church, Werrington, Cornwall. https://blackpresence.co.uk/slave-graves/
1809 George Edward Doney Essex Born Gambia, kidnapped and sold in America as a slave. Died 3 Nov 1809. Buried St Mary’s, Church Street, Watford, Hertfordshire. Worked for 5th Earl of Essex at Cassiobury 44 years. Obituary in Gentleman’s Magazine, and headstone. https://blackpresence.co.uk/slave-graves/
1762 Charles Bacchus Bond Died 31 Mar 1762 aged 16. Buried St Mary’s Church, Culworth. Servant and slave to Richard Bond https://blackpresence.co.uk/slave-graves/
1766 Caster Buried St Augustine’s Church Bristol, slave to Captain Caster. https://blackpresence.co.uk/slave-graves/
1770 Harwood Buried St Augustine’s Church Bristol, slave to Captain Harwood. https://blackpresence.co.uk/slave-graves/
1778 Ned Aged 12. Buried Quakers Friars, Bristol. Servant to a friend of the Champion family (Quakers). https://blackpresence.co.uk/slave-graves/
1829 Felicity Ogilvie McKinnon Native of West Indies. Nanny to Miss McKinnon of Auchenfroe, Cardross. Died 22 May 1829 aged 19? or 41?, buried Cardross Church https://blackpresence.co.uk/slave-graves/
1801 I.D. Native of Africa, died 9 Sep 1801, buried at Church of St John the Baptist, Bishop’s Castle, Shropshire. Has been linked to a burial record for a John Davies on 12 Sep 1801 by an annotation added later. https://blackpresence.co.uk/slave-graves/
1822 Rasselas Bellfield Taylor Abyssinian (Ethiopian); died 16 Jan 1822 aged 32, lived free in Britain, buried Windermere https://blackpresence.co.uk/slave-graves/
1839 Rasselas Morjan Palmer Abyssinian (Ethiopian); died 25 Aug 1839 aged 18, had been rescued from slavery & then employed by the Palmers of Wanlip Hall https://blackpresence.co.uk/slave-graves/
1822 Samuel Ally From St Helena; freed from slavery; died 28 May 1822 aged 18, inscription by his grateful master on gravestone in Windleshaw Chantry, St Helens, Merseyside Photo on Chantry St Helens FB group
1717 Abell Buried 1 Oct 1717 at St Nicholas' Church, Liverpool. Gravestone unveiled Oct 2020. Source https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-54387940 (has gravestone photo)
1939 Marie Negro Born 17 Nov 1894, married, living as paid domestic help in household of Harry and Emma White, Rothwell, Northamptonshire * 1939 Register: "1939 England and Wales Register"
The National Archives; Kew, London, England; 1939 Register; Reference: RG 101/6121D
Ancestry Sharing Link - Ancestry Record 61596 #37000322 (accessed 22 November 2021)
Marie Negro (born 17 Nov 1894), married, Paid Domestic Duties, at 43, Rothwell, Northamptonshire, England.

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