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, John and Susanna Wheatley, that purchased her. Nothing is known of her earlier years; she did marry and have three children, but none survived to adulthood.
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.