Power in the Names

In honor of Juneteenth, here are the names of the human beings enslaved by my Dulany ancestors 160 years ago. Most likely, my 3rd great grandmother, Ida Powell Dulany wrote these names into the family bible around 1860. I hope all these 79 people found their freedom. My goal is to continue with my research on the enslaved people at Oakley. Stay tuned!

“Oakley servants”[1]

Old Tom

Old Reed

Old Daniel

Old Polly

Billy Peters

Eliza Peters

Louisa

Otway

Horace Peters

Patzey Peters

Harriet

Billy

Julia Peters

Richard Peters

Emily

Sanford

Matilda

Caroline

– – – [Unknown]

Maria

Talbot

Louisa

Ann

Henry

Eliza

Armistead

Wilmouth

Josephine

Monimia

Alfred

Tom

Tulip

Rebecca

Eli

Letty

Selina

John

Reed

Uriah

– – – [Unknown]

Rosetta

Lizzie

Georgeanna

Elias

Jimmy

Sarah

Susan

George

Andrew

Tommy

Polly

Richard

George

Edmond

Otway

Alfred

Ben

Rebecca

Dan

Nora

Rachel

Walton

Horace

Willis

Page

Jerome

Billy

Lucinda

Sims

Phil

Johnny

Simon

Ralph

Margaret

Beck

Edmonia

Job

Mary

Harriet

[1] Dulany Family Bible Records, 1855-1985. The Holy Bible. Privately held by the Dulany family, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE], Virginia, 2019. Ida refers to enslaved people as “servants” in all her writings. It was very common in the South, and somewhat in the North when slavery was prevalent, for people to refer to slaves as servants.

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