1791 and 1799 “Inventory”—Rather the Enslaved of the Signer, Benjamin Harrison V

May this information help those seeking the names of their ancestors in Charles City County, Virginia.

1791 document is courtesy of J.L. at Charles City County History Center. Their annotations appear.

Old Sarah 80
Old Coye 62
Betty 61
Charles 52
Molly Burges 60
Molly Burges Jr 26
Sally 42
George Snow 21
Critty 45
Charles 16
Dick 12
Isham 10
Little Coye 7
Parlor 56
Cate 44
Johnny 15
Harry 8
Molly 11
Jacob 8 mo.
Old Aggy 94
Jenny 60
Sarah (yellow) 17
Betsey Farley 9
Judy Jones 30
Billy Jones 8
Old Nanny 70
Tom 50
Frank 30
Patty 19
Tabb (child of Frank + Patty) 6 mo.
Old Frances 60
Harry 19
York 27
Great Hannah 30
Wat 6
Daniel 1
Phill 11
Old Sukey 70
Phill 40
Nelly 33
Cutty 12
Edmond 15
Frank 9
Billey 6
Patty 1 1/2
Robin 3
Peter 50
Great Ned 50
Ned 14
Ben 10
Nanecy 13
Charles 30
Dick
Jonathan
Jack
Lucy
Aggy 36 + child five weeks old
Billy 7
Johnny 12
Ned 30
Suckey 35
—-Robin 3
Peter 50
Great Ned 50
Ned 14
Ben 10
Nanecy 13
Charles 30
Dick
Jonathan
Jack
Lucy
Aggy 36 + child five weeks old
Billy 7
Johnny 12
Ned 30
——Suckey 35
Fidler 32
Betty 29
Lewis 6
Clarissa 13
Joe 34
Charles 12
Beckey 11
Sarah 20
Martilla 2
Hannah Brooks 20
Pamello 2
Gaby 60
Great Judy 40 + child
Lucy 13
Peter 5
Aggy 3
Jack 11
Jack 70
Sally 40
George 12
Ned 16
Dick 14
Negroes at Old Hides
Peter 48
Rachel 45
Quamana 19
Nancey 17
Juday 15
Ceasar 25
Billey 23
Anthony 42
Old Nelly 65
Jenny -Tom + child 19
Aggy 67
Sarah 12

20 August 1799 Inventory of Benjamin Harrison V

20 August 1799 Inventory of Benjamin Harrison V

List of Negroes at Berkley

Males over 12 years and under 60 years

Fidler, Matt, Sam, Neptune, Ned, Harry Bob, Ned, George, John, Bob, Dick 
Edmund, Coy, Jack, Phill, Tom, Frank
Charles, Jonathan, Adam, John, Parlar
Harry, Nick, Billy, Scot, Ned, Billy 
Johnny, John, Tom, Peter

Females over 12 yrs + under 60

Lolly, Clarissa, Sarah, Critty, Phoebe 
Betty, Patty, Sarah, Sarah
Judith, Molly, Kate

Males under 12 years

Nick, Daniel, Harry, Moses, Ned, Joe
Jack, Jaminy, Tom, Peter, Frank, John

Females under 12 years

Nanny, Nelly, Sally, Tillo, Betty, Tabby
Sukey, Ann, Milly, Molly, Louisa, Fanny

Superannuated people 

Coye, Betty, Sukey, Billy, Sarah
Jack, Jenny, Nanny, Frances, Sukey

Negroes at Old Hides over 12 years old

Peter, Quamany, Ceasar, Anthony, Moses
George

Females over 12 years (names not visible on page)

Males under 12 years 

Tom, Robin, Daniel
Peter, Billy

Females under 12 years
Betty, Sukey 

List of Negroes at Berkley Viz. *I have chosen not to add the “values” attached to the names listed. A life cannot be added to or subtracted from. We are fearfully and wonderfully made.

Fidler

Matt

Sam

Neptune

Ned

Harry

Bob

Bob

Ned

George 

John

Bob

Dick

Edmond

Phill

Frank

Charles

Jonathan 

Adam

John

Parler

Coye

Tom

Jack

Harry

Nick

Billey

Scott

Ned

Billey

Johnny

John

Tom

Sally

Clarisa

Sarah

Critty

Phoebe

Betty

Patty

Sarah

Judith

Molly

Kate

Sarah

Nick

Daniel

Harry

Moses

Ned

Lewis

Jack

Jeminy

Tom

Peter

Frank

John

Joe

Nanny

Nelly

Sally

Tillo

Betty

Tabby

Sukey

Peter

Ann

Milley

Molley

Louisa

Fanny

Superannuated people

Coye, Beyy, Suckey, Billey, Sarah, Jack, Jenny, Nanny, Frances, Suckey, 

“10, worth nothing” *which is a damnable lie. Their lives were and are a precious lot.

A List of the Negroes at Old Hides Viz

Peter, Quaminy, Moses

Ceasar, George, Anthony

Rachel, Jenney, Jenny

Tom, Robin, Daniel

Peter, Billey, Betty

Suckey, Nelly very old

Benjamin Harrison V (1726-1791) was a wealthy planter, elected member of the House of Burgesses, elected governor of the state of Virginia, signer of the Declaration of Independence, father of the ninth president of the United States, slave holder as documented above, and my ancestor.

This is our situation…

May all of the descendants who seek to learn more about their lineage find it and more. Reclamation is now. May the souls of those who toiled in bondage be ever free and rest in peace and power.

The Genealogy Situation Room

2 thoughts on “1791 and 1799 “Inventory”—Rather the Enslaved of the Signer, Benjamin Harrison V

    1. A number of the descendants of the enslaved and Berkeley Harrisons (including mine) have used that surname. Also, a few of the other surnames of the families include Layton, Quivers, and White. No doubt, there are a host of others.

      Benjamin Harrison V, while a patriot, to my knowledge did not actively engage on the battlefield. In 1781, Benedict Arnold “visited” Berkeley Plantation and wreaked havoc.

      https://www.nps.gov/articles/berkeley.htm

      Accounts say that he was headed there to capture Benjamin Harrison, who fled with his family through a tunnel.* That may have been as much engagement as was seen by Harrison.

      *Perhaps this was the same tunnel, from the kitchen to the main house, where the enslaved were required to whistle as they brought the food through. This was to ensure that they were not stealing/eating the food themselves…

      Thanks for stopping by!

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