Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History & Culture Enduring Connections: Exploring Delmarva's Black History

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Record #12 from Free Black Families of Colonial Delmarva (abstracted by Paul Heinegg)

State Maryland
County (Primary) Somerset
Other Counties New Castle, Sussex
Family Name Burton
Family History Notes Ann Barton, born say 1708, was living at the house of James Lindow in Manokin Hundred of Somerset Parish on 11 June 1725 when she had a "molatto" child. The court sold her child to Lindow for 510 pounds of tobacco, and Lindow posted bond of 20 pounds sterling to return her to the parish to be sold for seven years. She had a child by a (white?) man named John Rogers in October 1729. The court sold her child to Edward Rownd [Judicial Record 1725-7, 50-1; 1727-30, 225; 1733-5, 78, 80]. She may have been the ancestor of i. Luke, born say 1745. 2. Luke Burton, born say 1745, and his wife, Patience, registered the 10 May 1769 birth of their "mulatto" son, James, at St. George's Protestant Episcopal Church, Indian River Hundred, Sussex County, Delaware [Wright, Vital Records of Kent and Sussex Counties, 98]. They were the parents of i. James, born 10 May 1769. ii. ?Joseph, head of a New Castle County, Delaware household of 8 "other free" in 1800 [DE:161]. iii. ?Peter, head of a Lewis and Rehoboth Hundred, Sussex County household of 6 "other free" in 1800 [DE:414]. iv. ?William, "Coloured" head of a New Castle County household of 7 "other free" in 1810 [DE:231].
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