Slaves Held by Kenneth Bembry

It must have been particularly difficult to be held as a slave by Kenneth because his finances were a roller coaster ride. He was constantly buying, selling, and mortgaging people (as well as land and other property) to keep up with growing debt.

Because there are so many enslaved people involved, and because Kenneth was not my direct ancestor, I’ve decided not to follow up individually, as I try to with people held by Miles and Thomas Bembry. There just isn’t enough time. Instead, I’ve compiled this summary for anyone who might be looking for ancestors in Leon County, Florida.

All of these names came from deeds and other documents that I have recorded in my software. You can see source citations corresponding to the dates below on Kenneth’s record at Ancestry.com, however, the site is NOT cooperating with Family Tree Maker to sync media at the moment. I hope that changes soon! When and if the software begins to work as advertised, I’ll upload the documents as well.

Aug 1829: Edgecombe, North Carolina

Sued by Matthew Dicken for two negroes, Norfleet and Isaac.

1830: Magnolia, Leon, Florida. 21 slaves on census.

27 Feb 1832 sold (or mortgaged?) slaves to Henry Bradford. Slaves were originally purchased from Samuel Spencer.

  • Phill about twenty two years of age
  • Tom about nineteen
  • Jenny about nineteen
  • old Jenny about forty
  • Maurice about fifteen
  • Dick about five.
  • Sam about thirty eight
  • Warren about sixteen
  • Brister about sixteen
  • Harry about fourteen
  • George about eleven
  • Austin about seven
  • Jenah about thirty
  • Cherry about twenty four
  • Mary about eighteen
  • and Harriett about three

08 Aug 1839: Leon Florida. Mortgaged the following slaves to the Southern Life Insurance and Trust Company to pay debts.

  • Sam aged twenty five years
  • Harry aged eighteen years
  • Warren aged twenty years
  • Calvin aged twenty two years
  • George aged seventeen years
  • Henry ages forty five years
  • Phillip ages twenty five years
  • Morris aged eighteen years
  • Bristol aged nineteen years
  • London aged eighteen years

1840: Leon, Florida. 31 slaves on census.

15 Dec 1841: Leon, Florida. mortgaged 20 slaves as well as livestock and other property to the Southern Life Insurance and Trust Company. (A couple of these slaves seem to have last names, which is interesting.)

  • Felicia a female slave aged sixteen years
  • Harriet “””” fourteen years
  • Lovey “””” thirteen years
  • Clarry “””” fourteen years
  • Mary Monk (?) “””” twelve years
  • Prince Albert a male slave aged thirteen years
  • King Henry ”””” aged three years
  • Betsey a female slave aged eight months
  • Francis Marion a male slave aged three months
  • Indy a female slave aged forty years
  • Lemy “””” aged forty-five years
  • Jenah “”” ages thirty five years
  • Cherry “””” aged thirty five years
  • Rachel Elkins  “””” thirty years
  • Rachael Bryant “””” aged twenty six years
  • Nancy “””” twenty two years
  • Eliza “””” aged twenty years
  • Venus “””” aged twenty years
  • Mary “””” aged eighteen years

1840. Pulaski, Georgia. Sold Guilford, a carpenter, to Joseph Carruthers. (Guilford originally part of Miles Bembry’s estate).

20 Feb 1844: Leon, Florida. Made trustee of the slaves of Georgia Ann Cooper (sister in law).

  • Martin about twenty-three years old
  • Mark about twenty one years old
  • Ann about thirty five years old
  • Jim about fifteen years old
  • Rose about twelve years old
  • Dolly about six years old
  • Betty about two years old

15 Jun 1846: Leon Florida. With wife, Mahala Hall, inherited slaves from the estate of William Hall, “now in possession of Jane Hall” (William’s widow). Appears that Jane Hall has a life estate in the slaves.

  • Peter
  • Hester
  • Simon
  • Edmond
  • Elick
  • Martha and Mary Lewis
  • Rachel
  • Louisa
  • Maria
  • Harriet
  • Rebeckah
  • Caty
  • Bama
  • Julia
  • Valentin and Miles
  • Latin Jack
  • Gardner
  • Binah
  • Mary
  • Henderson
  • Frank
  • Sarah
  • Susan
  • Dinah and Dick
  • Jack
  • Allen
  • Madison and Turner
  • John
  • Primus and Thomas

28 Jan 1847: Leon, Florida. Hall slaves are divided, Kenneth takes possession of the following people.

  • Fortune
  • Seaborn
  • Dorcas
  • Maria
  • Tom
  • Henrietta
  • Major
  • Frank
  • Alfred
  • Charlotte  (and also a child Catherine born to Charlotte since the partition)

01 Nov 1847: Leon, Florida. Kenneth and his brother in law, John C Hall, sell the following slaves to Jane Hall for $300. Reason unclear.

  • Fortune a male aged about 60 years
  • Seaborn a male aged abou 26 years
  • Dorcas a female aged about 17 years
  • Maria aged about 14 years
  • Tom a boy aged about 9 years
  • Henrietta a girl aged about 11 years
  • Major a boy aged about 7 years
  • Alfred a boy aged about 6 years
  • Frank a boy aged about 3 years
  • Charlotte a female aged about 22 years and infant child of Charlotte named Caroline
  • Jenny aged about 12 years
  • Buck (?) aged about 41 years
  • Lina aged about 37 years
  • Eliza aged about 21 years
  • Isaac child of Eliza aged about three years
  • Georgianna aged about 20 years
  • Mary aged about 12 years
  • Bob aged about 37 years

1850: Leon, Florida. 38 slaves on schedule.

1854: Leon Florida. Kenneth dies, his estate inventory lists the following people.

  • Phill $700
  • George $900
  • Eliza $650
  • Sarah $400
  • Melinda $250
  • Vina (Dina?) $200
  • Leonard $150
  • Alonzo $1,000
  • Sam $1,100
  • Warren $850
  • Harry $1,000
  • Lavinia & child $900
  • Daniel Webster $200
  • Morris $900
  • Malita & (illegible) $850
  • Dick $600
  • Kelly $500
  • Agnes $350
  • Charles $300
  • Rachel E $200
  • George $650
  • Nancy & Kizzy $800
  • Prince $700
  • Peter $700
  • Peter $600
  • Grace $300
  • Harriet & Lemon $1,000
  • Charity $200
  • Fanny $150
  • Venus $700
  • King $800
  • Frank $800
  • Juda $250
  • John $200
  • Dennis $150
  • Mary & child (?) (page cut off)
  • Allace “
  • Rachael B “
  • Juda “
  • Kathy “

Kenneth had one legal child, Harriett, who married Robert Westwood Fisher. He has 44 slaves on the 1860 census, which almost certainly includes many of the individuals listed above.

 

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