I feel strongly that the names of any enslaved persons we can locate should be put out there and shared with everyone. They may not have had last names then, but their descendants do now. They deserve – like everyone does – to know where they came from.
I have not located any of my own ancestors that owned slaves. Now that’s not to say I don’t have any, just that if I do I haven’t come across any in my nearly two decades of research. My ex-husband’s lines are another matter. Most of his lines are primarily from the southern states so there’s likely a number of them. Sadly I never spent the time on his lines that I have on my own so this is the only one that I’ve found , but I post it here now.
This is the will of my daughter's 6th g-grandfather, James Camp, of Spartanburg Co, SC. James was born around 1765 in Culpepper Co., VA and married Sarah Jennings around 1797 (perhaps in Nottaway Co., VA.) James and Sarah moved to Spartanburg Co., SC and apparently had a large plantation. James died in early 1817. His will was written in January of 1817 and was recorded the 15th day of May, 1817.
I know precious little about this family. James and Sarah's daughter Narcissus (b. 1800) -- my daughter's 5th g-grandmother -- married Thomas Desix Brian around 1820. Thomas and Narcissus had a son named Alfred Aaron Brian, who fought in the Civil War and was featured earlier in my blog here.
I hope someone finds this information helpful. Here’s to giving enslaved persons their names back.