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In 1797, Patrick Barnes, an enslaved man from Bohemia plantation, purchased his freedom from the Fr. Ambrose Maréchal, a Sulpician priest in charge of the farm.

According to the freedom bond, the price of Barnes' freedom was £200 pounds and Fr.…

The marriage of Ben and Nell, took place on March 13, 1803 at Holy Trinity Church in Georgetown. Their union, officiated by Rev. Francis Neale, SJ, took place at the "request" of their owners, a Mr. Key & Thomas Sim Lee. The witnesses for this…

The marriage of William and Sarah, took place on September 22, 1836, at Holy Trinity Church in Georgetown. Their union took place with permission from their owner, Mary Fenwick, a resident from Georgetown who regularly hired out slaves to the…

In a meeting held at the White Marsh plantation, the Corporation of Roman Catholic Clergy attempted to regulate the sale of slaves on their plantations by empowering plantation managers to exchange slaves in the case of intermarriage and to sell or…

The back cover of an almanac owned by Fr. Arnold Livers lists twenty enslaved people who were probably part of the community at St. Inigoes. Three married couples are listed.

Fr. Livers was in charge of St. Inigoes from 1760 to 1767.

Fr. John Grassi, President of Georgetown College, writes to Br. Marshall to inform him of the arrival of eleven enslaved persons to St. Inigoes. This remarkable letter also mentions the case of two men, Charles and Clem, whose marriages were being…

A contract with the overseer at St. Inigoes plantation for 1743 and 1744. In addition to spelling out the terms of John Pavat's service, the contract makes allowances for two enslaved people by name, "old Jenny" and Matthew.

In this entry from Bohemia's Daybook, Fr. Francis Beeston recorded the distribution of blankets to twenty-three enslaved persons from 1787 to 1792.   The list of names possibly includes children and might suggest family relations in some cases.…

Rev. Jean Tessier, a French Sulpician priest residing at Bohemia recorded the names of enslaved and free people of color at the plantation in 1801. This list of names includes 5 men and 16 women. Two women and one man are marked as "free." Tessier…

In this account record from 1790, Fr. Francis Beeston registered the hire of five men for the harvest: two free men of color, an enslaved man and two white men. The diversity of these hires reflects Maryland's mixed labor practices.
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