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Free African Americans in Sussex County - 1800 Census

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Date: 1800 [unknown]
Location: Sussex County, Delaware, United Statesmap
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These are the free African Americans listed as living in Sussex County as of the 1800 Census. Some may be enslaved people who were freed, as with Orange Fleetwood in Broadkiln Hundred; others may be descendants of several generations of freed African Americans in the area. Note: The 1790 Census for Delaware was destroyed; this is the earliest such list for this area.

This page is organized within the hundred -- there were ten such regional subdivisions of Sussex County -- and then alphabetically. To view the actual order that people were listed in the census, there's a link to the page for each hundred's listing. Unlike the 1810 census in Delaware, the 1800 census groups free African Americans at the end of the listing for each hundred.


When the name was left blank, was it a sign of "ditto" for the surname above, or just laziness? Can't assume, but I suggest the possible repeat of a surname in brackets.

I don't feel that the indexers always did a great job deciphering the handwriting*.This list is based on my reading of the names. Where I'm not sure, I note FamilySearch's guess too. Where I think FS is flat out wrong, I ignore their indexing. A future to do would be to include FS's version of the name as well.

'*Example: in Baltimore Hundred, the listing for "Isaac Free Negro" has been indexed as "isaac Frucci, Jr."


U.S. Census, 1800: in Delaware, 1800-1840 federal census : population schedules, Delaware (1800 census): Entire state (NARA Series M32, Roll 4). FamilySearch.org.

Head of household, # of people in household

Baltimore Hundred, image 5 [1]

Daniel ---, 2
Ira ---- – 6 people in household
Robert Evans [or Irons?] – 3
James Holland – 2

Broadcreek Hundred, image 9 [2]

James Abbot – 5
Darke Boice – 4
David Boice – 1
Peter ??Brereton 5 [FamilySearch indexes as Barronton. It's partially obscured.]
Elijah Connoway – 6
Stephen Dutton – 5 [
Samson Griffith – 2
Cary Hammon [last name could be Hanson?] – 2
James Hobb - 6
Winder Hogskin [Hodgson, Hodgkin?] 3
Belnder Huston – 4
Lisha Laws - 6
Susannah Magee {?} – 5
Thomas Pride – 4
Moses Redden – 6

'Broadkiln Hundred image 10 [3]

Luce ---- - 5 (marked as a woman)
Absolom Conwell – 7
Nimrod Conwell – 5
Rhoda Conwell – 5
Sesar [Caesar] Conwell – 2
Orange Fleetwood – 3
Joseph Fletcher -3
Betsey Harman – 8
Hargill Harmon – 3
Abraham Harman – 5
Parris Hazzard – 3
Moses Heavelo – 5
Simon Jack – 4
Cato King – 2
George King -4
Isaac Macklin & Adna Conwell – 9
Moses Mifflin – 3
Sarah Pitt – 1
Grace Rowland – 7
Henry Rowland – 2
Isaac Sammons -4
Joseph Sammons – 7
Major Truitt – 3
Nimrod Truitt -5 (FamilySearch has this surname indexed as Emma; I disagree)
Moses Warrington – 6
Absolom Watson – 3

Cedar Creek Hundred, image 12 [4]

Cudge ---- -4
Rob --- 4
Dianna Burroughs-4
Elizabeth Carlisle -3
Joseph Carpenter -3
Frank Curwithin -5 ['Cirwithin' sees a lot of spelling variations. FS has "Carwithin"]
Andrew Davis-1
Jesse Davis-5
Ambros Draper-3
Job Draper -2
Ocro Draper-3 [FS has "Jero" - but first letter does not look like other cap J's. Looks like an O]
William Draper -11
Solomon Groves-3
Zachariah Herman -4
Philip Hickman -5
Moses Holleger-4
Anthony Hynes -4
George Lawes-2
Simon Morris-3
Solomon Mosley -2
Venice Potts -1 [this surname and Hannah's could be Polk or Potts. FS has "Potts"]
Hannah Polk -1 [or "Potts"?]
Abraham Porttis or Porter -4 [FS has "Postles"]
James Rickards-3
Thomas(?) Rogers -3
Alse Simmons -3 [could be Alex)
Ebe Smith-4 [Ebenezer?]
Charles Spencer-2
Esther Spencer -2
Peter Spence or Spencer -4
Solomon Stockley-2
Isaac Thorn – 9
Philip Townsend -5
Philip Waller-2
Isaac Warren-5
Charles Watson -4
Israel Watson – 6
Jacob Watson -5
Philip Young-5

Dagsborough Hundred, images 5-6 [5]

Abner ---- , 3 [name follows Brister Dagworthy, but it doesn't look like ditto marks]
Dicey --- -3 [follows John Sammons's name, but not clear if that surname is meant]
Patience --- -1 [follows Dicey's name]
Isaac Beavans-4
John Beavans-6
Molly Cornish -1
Brister Dagworthy-6
Jape Dingle-7
Wm. Dreiges-6
Naval Driges -3
Nathan Harman-4 [based on all the Hermans in this hundred, this may also be a Herman]
Jonathan Herman-6
Step Herman-2
Wm Herman-5
Allen Lockwood – 5
Solomon Morley-3
John Sammons-7
James Socom -4 [Socom is how FS indexes]
Nicholas Wright-3

Indian River Hundred, image 6 [6]

??tt - 4 [follows Thomas Hanzer, may share a surname. Is given name Truitt?]
Cooper --- 3 [follows Thomas Robinson, also a Robinson?]
Patience ---- -3 [follows Robert Okey. Shares a surname?]
Wm. ---, 6 [follows Edward Herman. also Herman?]
John Cork - 3
Samuel Cornish-11
Bridget Hanser-2
Jonathan Hanser-4
Thomas Hanser-3
Aaron Hansor-8
Hannah Hansor-4
Isaac Hansor-3
John Hansor-6
Levi Hansor-2
Samuel Hansor-4
Wm. Hanzer-3
Edward Herman-3
Eli Herman-3
Marget [Margaret?] Herman-2 [FS indexes as Hargel]
Wm Herman-3
Frank Jack-6
James Jack-3
John Jack-3
Abraham Jacobs -5
Melby Johnson-6
Levi Morris-4
Nath’l Morris-2
Simon Morris -3
Aaron Nezor-5
Eli Nord-5
Noble Norward-6
Robert Okey-9
Dianna Parker-2
Aaron Perkins-6
Thomas Robinson-5
Jeremiah ?Stuart-8 {FS has indexed as Street.]
Moses Waples-3
Shadrach Wilson-5

Lewes and Rehoboth Hundred, images 5-6 [7]

Brister ---3 [follows Jack Parker. Aalso Parker?]
Jeb [Follows Sirus Kollock. also a Kollock?] -3
Neard ---- -3 [is this a given name or a surname? Follows Comfort Pride in list, could be Heard Pride?]
Patience --- -6
?uff Bailey-4 [Cuff?]
John Bowman-8
Wm. Bowman-4
Cesar Bruce-3
Peter Burton-6
John Carney-7
Tona Craig-5
Sambo Fisher-3
Solomon Gibbs-4
Wm. Gill-3 [FS has indexed as "Till"]
Step Hall-3
Manel [Manuel? Marcel?] Hill -4
Brister Howard-6
Robert Hutchinson-3
Cato Ireland-3
Jonas?? Jacobs, 10
Mingo Jacobs-4
Molly Johnson-4
Cato Kollock-3
Peres Kollock-3
Sirious [Cyrus?] Kollock -4
Cato Lewes-9
Cato Lewes, Sen., -3
James Lewis-4
Ireland Little-5
Ado. Miller-2
Joseph Miller-3
Hester Modes [Maddox?]-5
Moses Moore-4
Cornealous Morley-6
??lender Nunes-2 [FS has indexed as Belender]
Aaron Parker-4
Cato Parker-7
Darcus Parker-3
Jack Parker-4
Luce Peery-4
Tona Peters-7
Comfort Pride-2
Wm. Ragling -4
Joseph Shankland-5
Till -- see Gill, Wm., above
Jacob Wiltbank-4
Peter Wiltbank-4

Little Creek Hundred, image 9 [8]

Sambo Bailey-2
Jacob Bishop-7
Isaac Buck-8
James Buck-8
Keziah Buck-2
Gilbert Hardy-2
Deverix Hogskin [Hodgson, Hodgkin?]-8
Jack Marine -5 [??misspelling of Marriner, seen in Sussex records]
Isaac Miller-7
Stephen Prader-2
Milby Prier{?}-2
George Roach-4
Marine Sirman, 3
Levin Thompson-5
London Truman-3
Thomas Wolford-3

Nanticoke Hundred, images 7-8 [9]

Peter Beckett-3
Ginna Boice-3
Leah Boice-2 [FS has indexed as "Jean" - I disagree]
Henry Bowness-2 [FS has indexed as Bowerys]
Ambros Brittenton-3
Stephen Brown-7
Benjamin Clarkson-6
John Harman-4
John Herman-5
Nearer Hopkins-8 [or Nearer? which is FS's take]
James Laws-3
Merner Laws-2
John Mosley-8
Benjamin Polk-3
Dealer Polk-3 [FS has surname as "Calk"]
Joseph Polk-4
Newton Polk-2
William Purkins-6
Benjamin Sammons-4
Solomon Sammons-5
Sambo Turner-3
London Waller or Walker-3

North West Fork Hundred, image 9 [10]

Benjamin ---- --, 6
Cuff ---- -2
Doll ---- -4
Patrick --- -3 [follows Elisha Newton in listing]
Rose ---- -2
Subina or Jubina-1 [follows Patrick, may also be a Newton]
Tilson ----,3
Paris ---- -5
Jack Adams-5
Solomon Adams-5
Samuel Allen-4
Wm. Bowness-3
Anna Brown-3
Jacob Brown-4
Beavans Cannon-2
Elisha Cannon-3
Samuel Clavell(?)-5
Rose Cousey-4 [or Rosse? as FS has indexed]
Boobe Laws-2
Samuel Leadinham - 8
Elisha Newton-3
Abraham Nutter-7
Jacob Nutter-4
Esther Tull-3
Frank Wright-8

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