Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Statistics of Slaves in Dr. Willis and Joel Abbott Roberts' Household

Statistics of slaves in Dr. Willis Roberts’ household
Joel’s great grandfather Dr. Willis Roberts had nine slaves in the 1830 census. He is shown to have taken nine slaves to Texas with him and pledged them as collateral for the Republic. It is assumed that he brought them back to Mobile, Alabama when he returned.

Statistics of slaves in Joel A. Roberts’ householdFourteen slaves were listed for Joel A. Roberts, grandfather of Joel Ninde, in the 1850 census, and fifteen listed for 1860. Until the Civil War, Joel Abbott probably had slaves on his outlying plantations, but in the city household he had an Irish nurse.

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