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

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Record #60 from Free Black Families of Colonial Delmarva (abstracted by Paul Heinegg)

State Maryland
County (Primary) Dorchester
Other Counties Queen Anne
Family Name McDaniel/McDonald
Family History Notes 1. Johanna McDaniel/ McDonald, born say 1720, confessed in Dorchester County court in November 1745 that she had an illegitimate "Mollatta" child by a "Negroe" on 10 May 1745. Her unnamed son was bound apprentice to Joseph Sherwood until the age of thirty-one [Judgment Record 1744-5, 474]. On 25 March 1751 she was the spinster servant of Henry Fidderman of Queen Anne's County when she confessed to having a child by a "Negroe." The court sold her son Daniel to Thomas Dockey for 16 shillings. She was called Joanna McDonald admitted to having another child named William by a "Negro" in court in June 1753. He was sold to John Emory for 620 pounds of tobacco. In June 1757 and November 1759 she was convicted of having other children for which she received only a fine [Criminal Record 1751-9, 13-4, n.p.]. She was the mother of i. Daniel McDaniel, "Free Mulatto" head of a Queen Anne's County household of 2 "other free" and 4 slaves in 1790, called Daniel McDonald, when he was head of a Queen Anne's County household of 10 "other free" in 1800 [MD:355]. ii. William, born about 1753.
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