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Rhode Island Smiths and Slavery

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Rhode Island Smiths and Slavery

Posted: 20 Feb 2013 6:08AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: SMITH
I am trying to track down my 4g grandfather, J John Smith, of South Kingston, RI, and his son Amos Smith. I have recently learned through John's last will (1782) that he freed his "Negro man" Cuff as a result of his own death. In the 1777 RI Military Census, I found the names of John, Thomas, John Jr, Amos, Primas (Primus?), and Cuff, the last three names being identified as Negro. I am wondering what have other Smiths learned about their RI roots? Was it common for families to name their slaves with the same names given to their own children, or is it more likely that the man identified as Amos in the Military Census as a Negro is my ancestor? Either way, I am pleased to finally be learning about my family at that time after 60 years of genealogy work since my elementary school days.

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