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Slaves of Michael Spessard

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Date: 1820 to 1848
Location: Roanoke, Virginia, United Statesmap
Surnames/tags: Black_Heritage Slavery Spessard
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Slaves of Michael Spessard

Five enslaved people were named in Michael's Will of 1848:

Unnamed enslaved persons were documented in the 1820, 1830, and 1840 U.S. censuses, along with Michael's family. It is unlikely that any of the males enumerated in 1820 were the same ones enumerated in 1840, and more likely that at least some of the 1840 men were owned by one of Michael's sons, with whom he and his wife seem to be living.

Because Michael's daughter Catharine did not own in 1850 more than the two people she inherited from her father in 1848, it is somewhat easier to estimate who they might be on the earlier censuses. The other enslaved people are somewhat harder to place, though 1850 Slave Schedules were found for the Brown and Thomas families.

1820 1830 1840 Profile ID
Black Male 1721-1775 Black Male 1741-1785
Black Male 1795-1806
Black Male 1807-1820 Black Male 1805-1816
Black Male 1807-1820
Black Male 1817-1830 Jian Spessard
Black Male 1831-1840 Elias Spessard
Black Male 1831-1840 Stephen Spessard
Black Male 1831-1840
Black Female 1776-1794
Black Female 1795-1806 Black Female 1795-1806 Black Female 1805-1816
Black Female 1807-1820
Black Female 1807-1820
Black Female 1821-1830 Black Female 1817-1830 Susan Spessard
Black Female 1821-1830 Black Female 1817-1830
Black Female 1831-1840

Matilda Spessard could be either of these women, based on William Brown's 1850 Slave Schedule enumeration.


  • "United States Census, 1840," database with images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XHT2-R34 : 1 October 2021), Michael Spesard, Roanoke, Virginia, United States; citing p. 216, NARA microfilm publication , (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 578, image 216; FHL microfilm 29,692

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