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Tuesday, February 09, 2010

1755 Census of Slaves Older than Fourteen in the "Mannour of Pelham"



On June 8, 2007, I presented a paper to attendees at the 28th Annual Conference on New York State History entitled  ‚ÄúSlavery in the Manor of Pelham and the Town of Pelham During the Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries".  Among the many, many resources on which I relied in the preparation of that paper was a census of slaves older than fourteen in the "Mannour of Pelham" prepared by John Pell on April 12, 1755.  I have transcribed the text of that brief census below.


"MANOR OF PELHAM.
A True List of all the Slaves both Male & Female in the mannour of Pelham above the Age of Fourteen Years according to Report to me made in Submission to the present Malitia Act of General Assembly of this province

....................................................................................Numb,
Joshua Pells numbr males 2......................................... 2
Caleb Pells numbr males two Femals two.................. 4
Philip Pells numb males two Femals two.................... 4
Samll Rodmans number Males two Femals two........ 4
Bernard Rylanders males two Femals one................. 3
Phebe Pell wd Jos. pell Deed one male one Femal...2 
Executive of Isaac Contine Deed males one...............1
for my own possession males three, Female 1.......... 4
................................................number of the Whole.    24 

From your Honnours Most Humble Servant
JOHN PELL, Captain
of the Mannor of pelham.

Aprill the 12th 1755"

Source:  O'Callaghan, E.B., ed., The Documentary History of the State of New-York Arranged Under Direction of the Hon. Christopher Morgan, Secretary of State, Vol. III, p. 854 (Albany, NY:  Weed, Parsons & Co., Public Printers 1850).

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