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Slaves held by James Turner Rittenhouse, Slave Owner

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James Turner Rittenhouse held slaves for many years.

James Turner Rittenhouse was age 25 in 1840 when the U.S. Federal Census was conducted. He married the previous year, in Apr of 1839. The 1840 U.S. Federal Census lists J. T. Rittenhouse with 3 slaves.[1]

1840 US Federal Census--St Annes, Albemarle County, Virginia
Name of Head of Family: J T Rittenhouse
Slave InformationNumber Held
Slaves, females, under 102
Slaves, females, 10 thru 231
Total slaves3

The 1850 U. S. Federal Census Slave Schedule lists Jas. T. Rittenhouse, now aged 35 and living in Nelson County, with 4 slaves.[2]

1850 U.S. Federal Census -- Slave SchedulesNelson County, Virginia
Name of Slave OwnerNumber of SlavesAgeSexColor
Jas T Rittenhouse134FB
Total Slaves4

The 1860 U. S. Federal Census Slave Schedule shows James T. Rittenhouse, now aged 45, with 10 slaves.[3]

1860 U.S. Federal Census--Slave SchedulesNelson County, Virginia
Name of Slave OwnerNumber of SlavesAgeSexColor
James T. Rittenhouse143FB
1[Probably Isaac]4/12MB
Total Slaves10
Slave houses2

1860: The infant that is 4 months old is very likely Isaac, the child born to Sarah in 1860.[4] It isn't yet known which of the women of child-bearing age might represent Sarah.


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