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Slaves of Drusilla Graves Boxley

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Slaves of Drusilla Graves Boxley

1844: Will of George Boxley

Drusilla's husband, George Boxley, died in 1844 in Louisa County, Virginia. In his will he gives Drusilla 11 enslaved people (note: he intends that the people who are given to his wife, Drusilla, are to be sold at her death, the profit divided between his remaining heirs):


Slave Owner#SexNameDescription
Drusilla (Graves) Boxley1MYorkNone, assumed grown man
Drusilla (Graves) Boxley1MCharlesNone, assumed grown man
Drusilla (Graves) Boxley1M?Lucy (maybe misspelling of Lucky?) or, if female: Lucy?None, assumed grown man
Drusilla (Graves) Boxley1MIversonNone, assumed grown man
Drusilla (Graves) Boxley1MJasonNone, assumed grown man
Drusilla (Graves) Boxley1MSpencerNone, assumed grown man
Drusilla (Graves) Boxley1MPeterNone, assumed grown man
Drusilla (Graves) Boxley1FRoseOne of a group of women
Drusilla (Graves) Boxley1FWinnyOne of a group of women
Drusilla (Graves) Boxley1FSofaOne of a group of women “and her increas(sic)”
Drusilla (Graves) Boxley1?Sofa's childChild

1850 Census

Drusilla appears on the 1850 Slave Census for Hanover County, Virginia (image 54 of 118), line 11b[1]:


Line, Col.Name of Slave Owner#AgeSexColor
11bMrs. Boxley167 (b11783)FB
12bMrs. Boxley145 (b18055)MB
13bMrs. Boxley143 (b1807)MB
14bMrs. Boxley115 (b1835)MB
15bMrs. Boxley127 (b1823)FB
16bMrs. Boxley112 (b1838)FB
17bMrs. Boxley110 (b1840)FB
18bMrs. Boxley18 (b1842)FB
19bMrs. Boxley16 (b1844)FB
20bMrs. Boxley12 (b1848)MB
21bMrs. Boxley117 (b1833)FB

Virginia Slave Birth Index (between 1850 and 1859)

Between 1850 and 1860 Drusilla Graves Boxley appears as “Owner” in the Virginia Slave Birth Index 5 times[2]:

Name of Slave OwnerName/Sex of BabyName of MotherBirthdateCounty Born InPage. No.
(Mrs.) Drusilla BoxleyPeterLucyNov. 1853Louisa7
Drusella BoxleyHenrySophiaFeb. 1855Louisa30
(Mrs.) Drusilla BoxleyJohnLucyFeb.1, 1856Louisa38
Drusilla BoxleySimonLucyMar. 1858Louisa58
(Mrs.) Drisilla BoxleyRobinElizaDec 1858-Jan 1859Louisa58/72

1860 Census

Drusilla appears on the 1860 Slave Census for Hanover County, Virginia, p2, line 28b and p3, line 01a[3]:


PageLine, Col.Name of Slave Owner#AgeSexColor
228bMrs. Drucilla Boxley150 (b1810)MB
229bMrs. Drucilla Boxley140 (b1820)FB
230bMrs. Drucilla Boxley136 (b1824)MB
231bMrs. Drucilla Boxley130 (b1830)MB
232bMrs. Drucilla Boxley127 (b1833)MB
233bMrs. Drucilla Boxley125 (b1835)FB
234bMrs. Drucilla Boxley120 (b1840)FB
235bMrs. Drucilla Boxley118 (b1842)FB
236bMrs. Drucilla Boxley115 (b18450)FB
237bMrs. Drucilla Boxley112 (b1848)MB
238bMrs. Drucilla Boxley112 (b1848)MB
239bMrs. Drucilla Boxley110 (b1853)FB
240bMrs. Drucilla Boxley17 (b1863)MB
301aMrs. Drucilla Boxley15 (b1855)MB
302aMrs. Drucilla Boxley14 (b1854)MB
303aMrs. Drucilla Boxley13 (b1857)MB
304aMrs. Drucilla Boxley12 (b1858)FB
305aMrs. Drucilla Boxley11 (b1859)MB
306aMrs. Drucilla Boxley11 (b1859)FB

Virginia Slave Birth Index (between 1860 and 1866)

Between 1860 and 1866 Drusilla Graves Boxley appears as “Owner” in the Virginia Slave Birth Index 4 times[4]:

Name of Slave OwnerName/Sex of BabyName of MotherBirthdateCounty Born InPage. No.
(Mrs.) Drucilla BoxleyLizzieLucyMay 1860Louisa81
(Mrs.) Drucilla BoxleyMariaSophiaMay 1860Louisa81
(Mrs.) Drucilla BoxleyMary LewisElizaJul. 1861Louisa95
(Mrs.) Drusilla BoxleyJasonLucySep. 1862Louisa111

Runaway Slave Records

See Louisa County - Record of Slaves that Escaped

In 1862, 7 slaves owned by Drusilla Boxley escaped to the Union Army[5]

  • Sophia (43)
  • Eliza (22)
  • Malvina (21)
  • Waller (15)
  • Nancy (13)
  • Frederick (12)
  • Pleasant (11)

Research Notes

  • Drusilla died in September of 1864 per her probate record that includes her will dated 1855.Drusilla's estate passed probate on 3 August 1855.[6]The will needs to be transcribed to discover who inherited her enslaved people.


  1. "United States Census (Slave Schedule), 1850 ", database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:HRWG-S1ZM : 15 February 2020), Boxley in entry for MM9.1.1/MV81-F9Q:, 1850..
  2. "Virginia, Slave Birth Index, 1853-1866," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:WDGB-VLN2 : 4 February 2020), Drusilla Boxley in entry for Peter, Nov 1853; citing Birth, Louisa, Virginia, United States, Virgina State Library and Archives, Richmond; FHL microfilm 007849154.
  3. "United States Census (Slave Schedule), 1860", database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:W2XG-KKZM : 16 October 2019), Drucella Boxley, 1860.
  4. "Virginia, Slave Birth Index, 1853-1866," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:WDGB-VKT2 : 4 February 2020), Drucilla Boxley in entry for Maria, May 1860; citing Birth, Louisa, Virginia, United States, Virgina State Library and Archives, Richmond; FHL microfilm 007849154.
  5. Runaway Slaves Records, 1794,1806-1863, Accession APA 759, Record of Slaves that have escaped to the enemy during the war [1861-1863], Virginia Untold: The African American Narrative Digital Collection, Library of Virginia, Richmond, Va. Link to Search Page
  6. Probate: "Virginia, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1652-1900"
    Will Books, 1745-1865 ; General Index to Wills, 1742-1947; Author: Virginia. County Court (Louisa County); Probate Place: Louisa, Virginia
    Ancestry Sharing Link - Ancestry Record 62347 #1089935 (accessed 23 October 2022)
    Drusilla Boxley probate on 3 Aug 1855.

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