Phillis Wheatley

Phillis Wheatley (1753 - 1784)

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Phillis Wheatley
Born in West Africamap
Daughter of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United Statesmap
[children unknown]
Died in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 17 Jan 2018
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Phillis Wheatley was the first published African-American female poet. She was probably born in present day Gambia or Senegal and was sold into slavery at age 7 or 8 and transported to Boston. She was named after the ship she was transported on, The Phillis. He surname is the name of the wealthy Boston family that purchased her. Nothing is known of her earlier years; she did marry and have three children, but none survived to adulthood.

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Nothing is known of her origins and none of her children lived to adulthood, so she can probably not be connected to the main WikiTree.

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  • Wikipedia contributors. "Phillis Wheatley." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 17 Jan. 2018. Web. 17 Jan. 2018.
  • Smith, Bonnie Hurd. “Phillis Wheatley.” Boston Women's Heritage Trail,
  • Frey, Holly and Tracy V. Wilson. "Phillis Wheatley." Stuff You Missed in History Class (podcast). 5 March 2018., accessed 10 March 2018.

"Massachusetts Marriages, 1695-1910," database, FamilySearch ( : 9 February 2018), John Peters and Phillis Wheatley, 01 Apr 1778; citing reference ; FHL microfilm 0896885 IT 2.

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Frontispiece to Phillis Wheatley's ''Poems on Various Subjects...''
Frontispiece to Phillis Wheatley's ''Poems on Various Subjects...''

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