Slave Database
Matagorda County, Texas

PART 4

In memory of those who were forcibly taken from their homelands, enslaved, primarily known only by a single name, buried in unmarked graves and forgotten.
 


Matagorda County was a land of plantations prior to the War Between the States. In the 1850 Federal Census, 1157 Matagorda County residents were enumerated by name as well as 916 slaves.  By 1860 there were 2144 residents plus 1348 slaves. Few records exist from that era, but some probate records included names of slaves. The slave names in the probate records were listed by first name only.

Due to the length of the list, you will need to search four pages individually. The first includes records from plantations, probates, brands, cemeteries and baptisms from Christ Church in Matagorda. The second page contains names from the Matagorda County 1867 Voters' Registration in which only men were able to register to vote. The third page contains the names of black and mulatto residents of Matagorda County enumerated on the 1870 Federal Census--the first census in which they were listed by name.

There was only one freedman in Matagorda County until the end of the war. Persons with birth dates previous to the end of the war were included in the index with the assumption that all were slaves until freed.

If you have additions or corrections, please email.
 

 


Matagorda County Slaves Known to Have Been Born in Africa
 
Amaree Gabos Omo Ambree Ishtaka Duncan Flora Harrison Otto Sheppard, Sr. Joseph Warren
Bato Henry Malaka Ambree Jna Duncan Jackaway Jackson Hannah Starks Gilley Wilkerson
Byoman Jaqua Barney Duncan Joseph Duncan Segubee Jackson Mahaly Stewart Mary Williams
Bion Joe Batta Duncan Kiffee Duncan John Kaloda Joseph Surrell Squire Williams
Bob John Byaa Duncan Malaka Duncan Saba Kaloda Fanny Taylor Robert Wocho
Bodo Lacallee Cladda Duncan Mayfaa Duncan Dalfhine Law Margaret Taylor  
Caley Lemon Coley Duncan Oliver Duncan Effer Law John Tone  
Caley Mogode Dada Duncan Parto Duncan Coley Lewis Fadooma Vann  
Darda Shade [Duncan] Frimaka/Fymaka Duncan Rose Duncan Amalia Pee Udoo Vann  
Fadra Walowa Henry Duncan Surry Duncan Annie Pee Milley Warren  

 


References

The number at the end of each indexed name is the reference from which the name was obtained. A link associated with the reference indicates there is more information in that database elsewhere on the Matagorda County site.

001 - Slaves willed to Alexander Irvin Rugeley by his father John Rugeley, *p 32
002 - Matagorda County Brand Book Volume 1
003 - Probate inventory (24 Feb 1837) of Bailey Hardeman (died 24 Sep 1836), Matagorda County Clerk's office, *p 33
004 - Will of John Henry Jones, Jr., May 5, 1862 (probated March 18, 1864), Matagorda County Clerk's office, *p 29
005 - December 10, 1846 shipping manifest for the ship St. Paul from New Orleans to Matagorda County, James W. Stewart-Shipper, Owner, Agency; *pp 42 - 46
006 - Will of Mary Ann Pledger, November 10, 1856 (rendered December 16 1856), Matagorda County Clerk's office, Book C, page 335, *pp 26-27
007 - James William Stewart's will (1850), Matagorda County Clerk's office, probate records, Inventory and Appraisements, Book B, pp 172-177, *pp 43-46
008 - Will of Captain Richard Stewart (02 Apr 1837), Greensville County wills, Volume 5, p. 167, *p 46
009 - James William Stewart final inventory (31 Jan 1853) Matagorda County Clerk's office - four infants born on the plantation after will was written, *p 47
010 - Inventoried in the estate of Lewis Thorp in charge of John L. Thorp, *p 49
011 - Slaves of William Gray Warren from records of Dr. James R. Thompson of Matagorda who served Mr. Warren's plantation, *pp 52-53
012 - Inventory of Elbert A. Thompson (died 1852). Filed 17 Sep 1852 and recorded in the Matagorda County Clerk's office, Book B, pp 216-221. His wife, Ann Taliferro Thompson married Dr. R. H. Chinn in 1856 and the plantation became known as Chinn-Thompson Plantation., *pp 54-55
013 - Inventory and Appraisement of the estate of George John Bowie filed in the Matagorda County Clerk's office, 16 October 1861, Inventory Book C, pp 91-93. Willed to his wife Frances S. Bowie., *p 60
014 - Will of Henry Gibson 18 Aug 1860 and estate inventory 15 Aug 1862., *p 65
015 - John D. Hawkins, Jr. and James B. Hawkins owned a plantation together and the lists are dated 1852. The slaves of John D. Hawkins, Jr. were moved from Swan Lake Plantation in Tallahatchie County, Mississippi. Some of the slave originally came from the John D. Hawkins, Sr. Spring Grove Estate in Franklin County, North Carolina., *pp 68-70
016 - Slaves of Mrs. S. M. Alston in possession of James D. Hawkins in 1852., *p 70
017 - Records of John S. Sanborn. Daily Record of Passing Events June 23-29, 1861 and Daily Record of Cotton Picked October 4-9, 1858, *pp 71-72
018 - Peter Walter Herbert probate records filed Matagorda County Clerk's office passed in Matagorda Commissioners' Court 3 August 1849, *p 73
019 - Inventory and Appraisement of Roberta A. Ewing's Estate, filed in the Matagorda County Clerk's office on 23 August 1862, *pp 74-75
020 - Baptism Records of Christ Episcopal Church, Matagorda, Texas
021 - 1867 Voters' Registration
022 - Bethlehem Christian Church Cemetery
023 - Deadrick Cemetery
024 - Gatson Cemetery
025 - Grove Hill Cemetery
026 - Hudgins Cemetery
027 - East View Cemetery
028 - Jones-Jackson Cemetery
029 - Live Oak Cemetery
030 - Norman Family Cemetery
031 - Union Baptist Church Cemetery - Ashwood
032 - Union Baptist Church Cemetery - Pledger
033 - Wilson Creek Cemetery
034 - Matagorda Cemetery
035 - Matagorda County Tribune, October 29, 1915
036 - Matagorda County death certificate #1930-29681
037 - 1870 Federal Census
038 - Slaves of John Duncan, *p 31
039 - Eastview Cemetery

040 - Matagorda Cemetery
041 - Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery
042 - Thelma Brown Smith Biography
043 - Hilda Bouldin Francis Biography
044 - Christ Church Marriages 1840 - 1874

*Canebrake Settlements 1822 - 1870: Colonists, Plantations, Churches by Mary McAllister Ingram, c 2006, printed by Lyle Printing.
 

 

LAST NAME FIRST NAME BIRTH DEATH PLANTATION/OWNER INFORMATION DATE OF INFO REF

 

Betsy

    Mr. Warren married Henry 18 Feb 1865 44

 

Cecilia

    Mrs. Jesse Gordon married Henry 13 Jun 1852 44

 

Cecilia

    Major Sheppard mulatto, married
Reginon Munoz
27 Jul 1852 44

 

Cora

    Capt. J. Rugeley married  John 27 Dec 1864 44

 

Doctor

    Col. Williams married Nancy 21 May 1853 44

 

Emiline

    Mr. Warren married Lewis 18 Feb 1865 44

 

Henry

    Mrs. Jesse Gordon married Cecilia 13 Jun 1852 44

 

Henry

    Mr. Warren married Betsy 18 Feb 1865 44

 

Jane

      married Jube 20 Nov 1847 44

 

John

    Capt. J. Rugeley married Cora 27 Dec 1864 44

 

John

    Mr. Warren married Millie 18 Feb 1865 44

 

Jube

      married Jane 20 Nov 1847 44

 

Lewis

    Mr. Warren married Emiline 18 Feb 1865 44

 

Maria

    Capt. Duncan married Stephen 26 Dec 1864 44

 

Millie

    Mr. Warren married John 18 Feb 1865 44

 

Nancy

    Mr. Sartwelle married Doctor 21 May 1853 44

 

Stephen

    Capt. Swain married Maria 26 Dec 1864 44

Bankson

Samuel

      married 02 Sep 1843 44

Dorsey

George Henry

      married 17 Jan 1867 44

Duke

Rachel

      married 14 Apr 1842 44

Ellis

Jesse

      married 30 May 1840 44

Hawkins

Margiana

      married 17 Jan 1867 44

Hefford

Eliza

      married 03 Jan 1842 44

Hodges

William

    Freedman married 07 Mar 1867 44

Maynard

Isaac

      married 02 Jan 1843 44

Maynard

Cecelia

      married 02 Jan 1843 44

McCamly

Solomon

      married 14 Apr 1842 44

O'Neil

Mary Jane

      married 30 May 1840 44

Talbot

 Maria Louisa

      married 02 Sep 1843 44

Taylor

Stephen

      married 03 Jan 1842 44

Williams

Emma

    Freedman married 07 Mar 1867 44


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