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Slaves of John Custis IV, Virginia

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Date: 1700 to 1750
Location: Northampton, Virginiamap
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This page serves to document and further the research of enslaved individuals owned by John Custis (1678-1749) of Northampton County, Virginia.

  • Pompey [1]
  • Peter, escaped 1745, about 30 years old.[2]


John Custis fathered a child named John "Jack" with a young slave woman named Alice.

"The elder John was completely attached to this child, whom he nicknamed “Black Jack.” When the little boy was five years old, his father petitioned the governor for his freedom and that of any of his descendants."[3]


  1. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Custis citing H. Chandlee Forman, The Virginia Eastern Shore and its British Origins: History, Gardens & Antiquities (Easton, Maryland: Eastern Shore Publishers' Associates, 1973) p. 57
  2. Ad Database. Tom Costa and The Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia. search results
  3. https://studiesinamericanhistory.wordpress.com/2012/05/29/black-jack-custis/ Citing Wiencek 72-73

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