The Marriage of Ben and Nell, March 13, 1803

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Title

The Marriage of Ben and Nell, March 13, 1803

Subject

Slave Marriage; Georgetown College; Holy Trinity Church; Catholic Marriage; Sacramental Records

Description

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 marriage were three enslaved persons: Andrew, Isaac, and Lucy.

Both owners were prominent slaveowners in Maryland. Mr. Sim Lee was Maryland's second governor, while Mr. Key probably refers to Phillip Barton Key, Maryland lawyer and uncle of Francis Scott Key.

Creator

Holy Trinity Church

Publisher

Georgetown Slavery Archive

Date

1803-03-13

Contributor

Elsa Barraza Mendoza

Rights

Georgetown University Library

Format

PDF

Language

English

Type

Manuscript

Identifier

GSA333

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Text

1803 March 13.- With license at Requests of Messrs. [Jn] Key & Thomas Sim Lee married their slaves viz. Ben (Mr. Key) Nell (Mr. Lee) before the underwritten witnesses.
                                    Andrew
                                    Isaac } Slaves
                                    Lucy

Original Format

Manuscript.

Files

Citation

Holy Trinity Church, “The Marriage of Ben and Nell, March 13, 1803,” Georgetown Slavery Archive, accessed April 22, 2024, https://slaveryarchive.georgetown.edu/items/show/366.

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