Index of Slave Ship Manifests in USA

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The purpose of this page is to provide an index/directory of free space pages related specifically to the coastwise slave trade within the United States.



On March 2, 1807, Congress passed a law prohibiting the importation of slaves into the United States beginning January 1, 1808. However, slaves could still be bought and sold (and transported) within the country. The same law that banned the foreign slave trade also regulated the internal transportation of slaves, requiring that all vessels of 40 tons or more carrying slaves in the coastwise trade file duplicate manifests at the ports of origin and destination, pledging that the slave had not been imported into the U.S. after 1807. Ports of departure or intended arrival stretched from Baltimore, Maryland, to Texas on the Gulf of Mexico.

Coastwise Slave Manifests, 1801–1860

  • Coastwise Slave Manifests, 1801–1860 This series consists of several inward and outward slave manifests submitted to the Collector of Customs at the Port of Savannah, Georgia by vessels engaged in coastwise travel.[1]

Coastwise Slave Manifests, 1820 - 1858

  • Coastwise Slave Manifests, 1820 - 1858 This links to a series of 15 inward slave manifests submitted to the Collector of Customs at the Port of Charleston, South Carolina by vessels engaged in coastwise travel, with names of slaves and owner/shippers. [2]

Coastwise Slave Manifests, 1820 - 1860

  • FSP Needed for this grouping Working with transcribers on this series 2/26/2023. The first folder has 773 images. This series consists of 22 separate folders of inward and outward manifests submitted to the Collector of Customs at the Port of Mobile, Alabama by vessels engaged in coastwise travel.[3]

Inward and Outward Slave Manifests, 1790-1860

The Sloop 'Sally and Nancy, Arrived Baltimore 27 Jun 1817

The Ship Cumberland, Departed Norfolk, Virginia, Arrived New Orleans, Louisiana 24 Dec 1821

The Brig Virginia - from Baltimore to New Orleans, 1823

Four free people of color on board:
Lucy Boyer and her children, Richard Smith, Caroline Boyer, and Emily Boyer. The family was traveling as free persons of color.[5]

The Sloop Mary Howard, Arrived Satilla River, Georgia 8 Aug 1825

Owner: James Barnard, headed for Satilla River, Georgia.

The Sloop William Wallace, Departed New York 26 Jul 1825 bound for Savannah, Georgia

Master of Ship: A. Joy
One slave on board named Peggy, Female, 24 years old, 4'9" tall (color not noted)
Owner/Shipper: H. Marvin - Residence: Georgetown
Consigner: J.B. Herbert - Residence: Savannah

The Sloop Charles, Departed Wareham, Massachussetts, Arrived Port of Annapolis 15 Jan 1822

Master of Ship: Joshua Gibbs[6]
One slave on board: Ephraim, male, age 20, six feet in height
Owner/Shipper: Austin Woolfolk
Consigner: John Woolfolk, Charleston, South Carolina

The Sloop John Chevalier, Departed Charleston 13 Aug 1825 bound for Savannah, Georgia [7]

Master: Noah B. Sisson
One slave on board named Wilmer(?), Male, 19, 5'5", Black
Owners: Major Abernethie (?)

The Steamboat Augusta - Arrived Charleston, South Carolina 2 July 1830 [8]

One enslaved person on board:Grace, a female age 50, 5'8" tall.
Owner/Shipper: David Turner for Wm B. Johnson.
Residence: Beaufort, SC.

The Schooner Maria, Port of New Orleans, Louisiana to the Port of Pensacola 13 May 1830

One enslaved person on board: Buck, male, 24, complexion, Griffe
Owner/Shipper: Joseph B. Carson[9]

The Brig Uncas from Alexandria (D.C. area) to New Orleans, Louisiana 5 Feb 1835

The Brig Tribune from Alexandria to New Orleans - 1 Oct 1835

The Katherine Jackson of Georgetown - Arrived New Orleans - 8 Dec 1838

The Brig Creole from Norfolk, Virginia to New Orleans, Louisiana 20 Nov 1840

The Brig Orleans Departed Richmond, Virginia 27 Apr 1841, Arrived New Orleans, Louisiana 23 May 1841[10]

On board was Solomon Northup who was listed on the manifest as Plat Hamilton.

The Brig Splendid, Departed Baltimore, MD, Arrived New Orleans 24 May 1841

Shipped by Hope H. Slatter from Baltimore, Maryland on April 24, 1841.[11]

The Brig Alo, Departed Baltimore 4 Oct 1844 bound for Mobile, Alabama

The Brig Kirkland, Departed Baltimore 10 Dec 1846, Arrived New Orleans 28 Dec 1846.

The Barge Elizabeth, Baltimore to New Orleans, 18 Nov 1848

The S.S. Texas from La Salle to New Orleans Arrived March 5, 1860

For more info about this Large Coastwise resource, see the online PDF document: American Slave Trade


  9. "The National Archives in Washington, DC; Slave Manifests of Coastwise Vessels Filed at New Orleans, Louisiana, 1807-1860; Microfilm Serial: M1895; Microfilm Roll: 6
    Ancestry Sharing LinkAncestry Record NewOrleansPLslave #33193 (accessed 15 January 2022)
    Name: Buck; Gender: Male; Race: Black; Arrival Age: 24; Birth Date: abt 1806; Departure Place: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Arrival Date: 13 May 1830; Arrival Place: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Ship Name: Maria; Complexion: Griffe; Slave Owners or Shippers: Joseph B Carson.

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