Please remember that this compilation of names and information is a work in progress and the work is ongoing.
As additional research is completed, we will update this spreadsheet.
Every individual has their own sheet. To look at a particular person’s known records, please click on their name at the bottom, where each sheet of the spreadsheet is.
Throughout this research process, there are multiple people with the same name.
When that occurs, we have done our best to delineate who is mentioned in a historical document.
Further research may show that there are even more people with the same name, or two different names are actually the same person.
The latter is especially possible in the case of nicknames.
If you have any information about any of the people listed on this document or anyone who is not currently listed on this document,
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This is a list of names in the order it appears in the spreadsheet:
Abby, Abigail, Abraham, Abram, Adam, Alice, Amelia/Emelia (Sidney and Toby’s daughter), Amy, Ana (Peggy’s daughter), Anny (Nathan and Abigail’s daughter), Augustus,
Becky, Belinda, Ben, Betty, Betty (Peggy’s daughter), Billy, Bob,
Caesar/Cesar, Caleb, Caleb (Peggy’s son), Cato , Cecelia (Dinah’s daughter), Celia, Charles (Ruth’s son), Charles (Violet the younger, Nanny’s daughter), Curtis (Nathan and Abigail’s son),
Daniel, Daniel (Rachel and Daniel’s son), Daniel (Nelly’s son), Daphne, David, David (Abby’s son), Diana, Dick, Dinah,
Emelia, Esther, Ester (Pompey and Priscilla’s daughter), Flora, Govey, Hagar, Hannah (Nelly’s daughter), Hannibal, Harry, Hercules, Honour,
Isaac, Israel, Jack, Jacob, James, James/Jim (son of Dinah), James/Jemmy (Rachel and Daniel’s son), Jemmy, Jenny, Jerry, Jim, Jimmy, Joe, Joseph Martin, Joshua, Joshua (Nathan and Abigail’s son), Juba,
Laetitia, Little Cato, Little Flora, Liverpool, Lucretia, Lydia, Lydia (Abby’s daughter), Lydia (Nathan and Abigail’s daughter),
Mary, Matthew, Matty, Mingo, Nancy, Nancy (Dinah’s daughter),
Nancy (Ruth’s daughter), Nancy (Pompey and Priscilla’s daughter), Nancy (Nathan and Abigail’s daughter), Nanny, Nathan, Ned, Nelly, Nero, Nice (Toby and Sidney’s child), Nicholas, Nick/Nickey,
Oronoko, Paris, Peggy, Peter, Polly, Polly (Peggy’s daughter), Pompey, Pompey (Pompey and Priscilla’s son), Priscilla,
Rachel, Rachel (Laetitia’s daughter), Rachel (Rachel and Daniel’s daughter), Rachel (Jerry and Sarah’s daughter), Ralph, Reuben, Reuben (Nathan and Abigail’s son), Richard, Robin,
Rose (Nanny’s daughter), Rose (Sidney and Toby’s daughter), Rose (Violet the younger, Nanny’s daughter), Ruth, Ruth (Peggy’s daughter),
Sal (Priscilla’s daughter), Sally, Sam, Sarah, Sarah (Nathan and Abigail’s daughter), Sidney, Simon, Sinah, Sylla,
Tobias, Toby, Tony, Violet (Violet the younger, Nanny’s daughter), Will/William, Zilpha
This document contains information taken from primary sources and organized as data in multiple columns.
The tabs are organized alphabetically, as much as possible.
The names on the tabs are in all caps, followed by the parents’ names if they are known.
The parents’ names are in parentheses with an ampersand between.
E.g. ROSE (Toby&Sidney daughter)
When there are multiple spellings of a name or a nickname is used, the predominant spelling appears on the tab and as the first name on a list at the top of the table.
E.g. on tab: CAESAR in table: Caesar/Cesar
As more documents are consulted, the predominant spelling of someone’s name might change.
Above the row on the table with column titles, there is a summary biography.
This space is for collecting and collating demographic information about each individual.
Gender assigned at birth is indicated here.
Gender was heavily reinforced as a binary split between male and female in 18th century colonial society.
The gender binary was reinforced through gender expression: clothing was a visual representation of maleness (breeches etc.) or femaleness (petticoats, caps, etc.).
This column is not meant to disguise or ignore genderqueer, gender-non-conforming, or gender-expansive experiences.
We recognize that the understanding of these people’s lives comes from a white colonizer enslavers’ perspective and not their own.
As such, based on the information from documents, an individual’s gender as listed here is determined by what clothes they were given or in which gendered list they appear.
Sometimes an individual’s gender is unknown and cannot be assumed through context clues in the document, particularly in the cases of unnamed children.
Familial information, such as parent or child relationships, is also included here.
Inside of each tab is a table with discrete titles at the tops of the columns.
“Date” means the date of the document.
If there is an addendum to a document that has a different date (such as the manumission of 1777), that information is input either in “Document text/summary” or “Comments”
“File” means the JDP system file number and includes original repository location information
If the document is not in the JDP file system, this section and the “Location” section are filled out with the information from the original repository.
“Location” is filled out with “JDP," which stands for John Dickinson Plantation.
In parentheses next to that, appears the original manuscript’s repository information (i.e. HSP Logan Collection... etc.).
"DPA" is the Delaware Public Archives
"HSP" is the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.
For cases in which the document is not in the JDP filing system, only the original repository’s information appears.
“Document text/summary” is filled with direct quotes and summaries if quoted information cannot be easily input or explained without context.
Anything in quotation marks is a direct quote from the document in question.
Age, when mentioned in the document, is included here. Age, whether exact or approximate, is indicated.
Descriptors such as “adult” or “child,” and any actual or approximate numerical, are included here when they appear in a document.
“Comments” contains extra contextual information.
Includes additional contextual information that is relevant to our knowledge of the individual but doesn’t fit into any other column.
For example, that information can be about the document or the likelihood of the named individual from the document matching this particular individual.
This compilation of names and information is a work in progress and the work is ongoing.
Updated versions will be posted when available.