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Slaves of Benjamin Tasker Chinn, Virginia

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Date: 1800 to 1865
Location: Prince William, Virginia, United Statesmap
Surnames/tags: slavery black_heritage
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In 1830, Benjamin inherited the Carter plantation, 5,000 acres in Prince William County, Virginia.[1] At the time, the land was a portion of the "Cancer Plantation," a section named for the Zodiac signs by Robert Carter.

He married Edmonia Randolph Carter in 1836. They then renamed the plantation "Ben Lomond," after her ancestral home in Goochland, Virginia.[2]



  • It is possible that he fathered a child, William Chinn with a slave. This is according to William Chinn's daughter, Dr. May Chinn
    • From the New York Times: "William Chinn never told his daughter, but she suspects that he was the son of one of the plantation's owners by a slave woman. In 1945, nine years after her father's death, Dr. Chinn was visited by a white man who said that his name, too, was Chinn..... The visitor scolded her: “Why didn't you notify me that my relative had died?” Dr. Chinn remembers that the same man had once paid a call on her father, and it seems likely that the two men were half‐brothers."[3]
    • according to the family history outlined below, it's possible the father was Bartholomew Chinn.

Quote from Carter Chinn History, I just separated into bullet points:.[2] "*On December 6, 1796, another daughter, Sarah Fairfax (1773-1829), who was married to Dr. John Yates Chinn, (1770-1830), also inherited part of the Cancer farm.

  • Dr. Chinn was an MD graduate of St. George and St. Thomas Hospital in London, England.....
  • Living at Dr. Chinn's family's estate Edge Hill, in Richmond County, they had five children:
    • Bartholomew Carter Chinn ( -1852), born at Nomini Hall in Lancaster County, her father's home,
    • Sarah ( - ),
    • Priscilla (1825- ),
    • Benjamin Tasker Chinn (1807-1886) born at Edge Hill in Richmond County
    • Sophia Elizabeth (1807-1851) born in Fairfax County.
  • Sarah Fairfax inherited 730 acres of the Cancer farm at Bull Run along with 2,140 acres in Fairfax County across the Bull Run."

1850 Slave Schedule

[4] le: Gender Age Male 70 Female 55 Female 27 Female 14 Male 12 Male 4 Female 2 Female 6/12 Female 15 Male 20

1860 Slave Schedule


  • Male, 60
  • Female, 60
  • Male, 23
  • Female, 22
  • Male, 5
  • Male, 3/12


  1. "Ben Lomond Historic Site Brings Civil War Sights and Sounds to Life," prince william living, August 31, 2017
  2. 2.0 2.1 Ben Lomond Manor House: The Carter/Chinn History. Accessed 4 Feb 2022. Live Link and Archived Link
  3. Davis, George. “A HEALING HAND IN HARLEM.” The New York Times, April 22, 1979, sec. Archives. https://www.nytimes.com/1979/04/22/archives/a-healing-hand-in-harlem.html.
  4. "United States Census (Slave Schedule), 1850 ", database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:HRWP-7C3Z : 15 February 2020), Benjamin T Chinn in entry for MM9.1.1/MVD3-128:, 1850.
  5. "United States Census (Slave Schedule), 1860", database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:W2XR-ZKPZ : 16 October 2019), Benjamin T Chinn, 1860.

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