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

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Record #65 from Free Black Families of Colonial Delmarva (abstracted by Paul Heinegg)

State Maryland
County (Primary) Talbot
Other Counties
Family Name Mitchell
Family History Notes 1. Anne Mitchell, born say 1705, the servant of John Edmondson of St. Peter's Parish, confessed to the Talbot County court in March 1724/5 that she had an illegitimate child by a "Negroe." In November 1725 the court sold her daughter Esther to her master until the age of thirty-one. She was convicted of having a second mixed-race child in March 1726/7. In March 1727/8 the court sold her to her master for fourteen years. In March 1730/1 she was fined six hundred pounds of tobacco for having a child by Benjamin Guy alias Williams. Benjamin was ordered to serve Edmonson for one year to pay for their fines. She was fined for fornication again in March 1732/3 [Judgment Record 1723-4, 277; 1724, 38; 1725-6, 73-4; 1727-8, 23, 454; 1728-31, 349; 1731-3, 631]. She was the mother of i. Esther, born before 3 March 1723/4, bound to serve John Edmondson in November 1725 until the age of thirty-one. In November 1741 she was called a spinster "Mulatto" woman of St. Peter's Parish when she confessed to the Talbot County court that she had two illegitimate children and paid a thirty shillings fine for each [Judgment Record 1740-2, 318-9].
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[Author (if known)], Free Black Families of Colonial Delmarva (abstracted by Paul Heinegg), [Date (if known)], Enduring Connections: Exploring Delmarva’s Black History, Nabb Research Center, Salisbury University.