Slave Name Roll Project: RELEASING Nell and child, Hannah, Tom and Will

Following my three part series on the slaves of my 5th grand-father James Sims during Black History Month in February 2015 I made a commitment to write a post on a monthly basis until I’ve RELEASED all of the names of slaves owned by my ancestors.

1773taxA List of Taxables in Pipe Creek Hundred, Baltimore County, Maryland,  taken by William Kelley Junior 1773, Courtesy of the Maryland State Archives site, under Guide to Government Records, Information on C428 – (Tax List).

While researching my 1752 immigrant ancestor Johann Jacob RUPP (1723-aft. 1792) I found the 1773 taxables list for Pipe Creek Hundred in Baltimore County, Maryland. On this list were eight heads of household with 19 Negroes listed. They were released on 22 February 2016 in my post: Slave Name Roll Project: RELEASING 19 Names from 1773.

I felt more could be done with the names found on the 1773 taxables list and chose one of the heads of household to research further.

Jacob Epaugh who was seen with a Negro Hary died about 1790. His will was located and read. He mentioned his wife by names, his sons and daughters by names, his land by tract names but did not mention any slaves.
[Source: “Maryland Register of Wills Records, 1629-1999,” images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 22 February 2016), Baltimore > Wills 1784-1791 vol 4 > image 254 and 255 of 289; Hall of Records, Annapolis.]

An Inventory of the Goods and Chattels of Jacob Epaugh was located on pages 206 through 211 of the Inventories 1789-1795 vol 16. Shown and appraised on the 14th day of September 1790 it included 5 slaves. Hary was no longer a part of the Epaugh estate.

[Source: “Maryland Register of Wills Records, 1629-1999,” images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 22 February 2016), Baltimore > Inventories 1789-1795 vol 16 > image 108 of 289; Hall of Records, Annapolis.]

A Negro woman named Nell and child £50
A Mulatto woman named Hannah £50
A Negro Boy named Tom £27.10.0
A Negro boy named Will 22.10

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Author: Cathy Meder-Dempsey

When I’m not doing genealogy and blogging, I spend time riding my racing bike with my husband through the wonderful Luxembourg countryside.

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