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Slaves of Sherrod Brantley

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Location: Franklin, North Carolina, United Statesmap
Surnames/tags: USBH Heritage Exchange Franklin County, North Carolina, Slave Owners Nash County, North Carolina, Slave Owners
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Sherrod Brantley was an owner of enslaved persons in Franklin County, North Carolina, and possibly Nash County, in the mid-1800s.

The Federal Writers' Project's Slave Narratives Project includes an interview with one of the former enslaved persons who lived on his estate. Jane Brantley Privett Upperman identifies a "Shirley" Brantley of Nash County as her and her mother's enslaver, and mentions his wife "Penina" (Penninah).[1] It is assumed that he was also the enslaver of Jane's siblings who were born before the time of emancipation.

Named Slaves

Cherry's children, named as Jane's siblings in the interview, and also identified through the 1870 Census as being Cherry's children (with Jane's father Ferrell Privett). These children were born before emancipation and it is assumed they lived with their mother at the Brantley estate. (It should be duly noted that this is speculation):

1860 Slave Schedule, Franklin County, North Carolina, USA

  • Enumerated 7 AUGUST 1860; "United States Census (Slave Schedule), 1860", database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:WKPY-WSMM : 16 October 2019), Sherwood Brantley, 1860.
  • Female 27 Black
  • Male 12 Black
  • Male 5 Black
  • Female 3 Black
  • Male 1 Black


  1. Federal Writers' Project: Slave Narrative Project, Vol. 11, North Carolina, Part 2, Jackson-Yellerday. 1936. Manuscript/Mixed Material. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/resource/mesn.112/?sp=372 on 5 October 2021

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