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Slaves held by John William Witt

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Date: Before 1830 to 1865
Location: Nelson, Virginia, United Statesmap
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John William Witt held slaves for many years. In the 1830 U.S. census, he is listed with 4 slaves.

1830 United States Federal Census--Nelson County, Virginia
Name of Head of Family: John W Witt
Slave InformationNumber Held
Slaves, males, under 101
Slaves, males, 10 thru 232
Slaves, females, 24 thru 351
Total slaves4

The 1840 U.S. census shows John W. Witt with 7 slaves:

1840 United States Federal Census--Nelson, Virginia
Name of Head of Family: John W Witt
Slave InformationNumber Held
Slaves, males, 10 thru 233
Slaves, males, 24 thru 351
Slaves, females, under 102
Slaves, females, 24 thru 351
Total slaves7

The 1850 U.S. census slave schedules show John W. Witt with 17 slaves:

1850 United States Federal Census -- Slave Schedules -- Nelson County -- 19 Oct 1850
Slave OwnerNumber of slavesAgeSexColor
John W Witt145MB
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113MB
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19MB
15MB
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14(?)FB
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13MB
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Total17

On Christmas Day, 25 Dec 1853, one of John W. Witt's slaves gave birth to a daughter. The slave was Elvira, and her daughter's name may have begun with the initial "J."

The 1860 U.S. census slave schedules show John W. Witt with 17 slaves and 3 slave houses:

1860 United States Federal Census -- Slave Schedules -- Nelson County -- 4 Aug 1860
Slave OwnerNumber of slavesAgeSexColor
John W Witt165MB
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113MB
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116MB
Total17Slave Houses: 3

The six-year old female shown in 1860 could very well be the daughter born of Elvira on 25 Dec 1853, as she should be 6 years of age on 4 Aug 1860, the day John W. Witt's slaves were enumerated on the slave schedules.

Sources

  • "United States Census, 1830," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XH5H-W9R : 20 February 2021), John W Will, Nelson, Virginia, United States; citing 128, NARA microfilm publication M19, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 196; FHL microfilm 29,675.
  • Year: 1840; Census Place: Nelson, Virginia; Roll: 569; Page: 81; Family History Library Film: 0029690; Ancestry.com. 1840 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.
  • "United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M8DF-QC8 : 23 December 2020), John W Will, Nelson, Virginia, United States; citing family , NARA microfilm publication (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).




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