Category Archives: 1800

Bethel Burial Ground Name Index


It seems to me that the sky has opened and I believe there is a very good reason why I’m just stumbling upon such great information this week in particular. I’m pretty sure that within the next two weeks, I’ll have reviewed both the 1837 and 1856 African American Quaker censuses. I’m hopeful that I will find my 5th great grandfather in the 1837 index. However, any find for this time period, whether my ancestors are indexed or not, is  GREAT find in my opinion. Hopefully, one day this information will become useful to someone.

Among many historical institutions in Philadelphia, Mother Bethel is one of the most influential in African American religious life. In the past few years, on a site used as a municipal playground, the old Mother Bethel burial ground has been found.  After a campaign, the site will be preserved and not desecrated for development. Also, this site could prove VERY valuable for research purposes. So while burial ground site may not have any specific resources pertinent to me, in a general sense, it may help me build a better portrait of my ancestors on a broader level.

Terry Buckalew has created an index of African Americans buried in the Bethel Burial Ground. The list is not complete but it does offer nice details, akin to what we might find on a more contemporary death certificate, i.e. cause of death. Below is a description of the index with a link to the index.

The following is an alphabetical directory of 1,617African American Philadelphians who were buried at the Bethel Burying Ground in the 400 block of Queen Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from 1810 to 1864. Research is only 50% complete. (Revised 10 November 2013)


Additional information can be found here:


Census of the ENSLAVED in the 1800 Philadelphia Septennial Census


For many, reconciling the City of Brotherly Love’s, i.e. the Cradle of American Democracy with the institution of Chattel Slavery is very difficult. With most difficult issues, we tend to bury the information. Finding a list of the enslaved with names, prior to Emancipation is rare. Here we have a list of the enslaved in Philadelphia county, numbering 43 total, in 1800.


Ward Name Age “Owner” Sex Race
Walnut Ward Silva Dora 30 William Millnor F
South Mulberry David Roxborough 21 Doug Gibbs M Mulatto
South Mulberry Freegift Brooks 40 Mary Tucker F Negro
South Mulberry Hannah Girl Charles La Roy F Negro
North Mulberry Tom 90 Widow Moulder M Black
North Mulberry Minerva 50 Peter LaCombe F Woman of Color
North Mulberry Peter Lewis 21 Peter LaCombe M Man of Color
North Mulberry Julian 25 Doctor Mackie M Black
North Mulberry Nell 40 Widow Hockley F Black
North Mulberry Rebecca 48 Widow Rodman F Black
North Mulberry Rose 45 Abigail Delyon F Black
North Mulberry Lucy 70 Abigail Delyon F Black
North Mulberry Teresa 24 Abigail Delyon F Black
North Margeret 24 F
North Eglee 18 Simon Fizle
High Street Eleanor 21 Christian Wiltberger F
Chestnut Jane Trime 40 F
South Male Slave 25 M
Dock Draper Robson 23 M Black
Dock Judith Hines 13 F Black
Dock Allen Watson 20 M Black
Dock William Nesbitt 30 M Black
Dock Joseph Cunningham 30 M Black
Dock Daniel Cunningham 30 M Black
Dock Judith Milligan 30 F Black
Dock Augustus Turpolds 16 M Black
Dock Joseph Houston 25 M Mulatto
Dock Harry Savage 22 M Black
Dock Harry Chew 35 M Black
Dock Sarah Chew 35 F Black
Dock Caleb Parkinson 16 M Black
Dock Quin Parkinson 22 M Black
Dock Flora Parkinson 15 F Black
Dock John Parkinson 12 M Black
Dock London Emlen 25 M Black
New Market Female Slave 28 Samuel Young F
New Market Male Slave 50 Est of Robt Bridges dec M
New Market Female Slave 60 Est of Arch McCall dec F
New Market Male Slave 30-40 J B Boandly Esqr M
New Market Male Slave 30-40 J B Boandly Esqr M
New Market Female Slave 30-40 J B Boandly Esqr F
New Market Female Slave 18 Ann Pritchett F
New Market Male Slave 23 John Philips M


Source: Septennial Census Returns, 1779–1863. Box 1026, microfilm, 14 rolls. Records of the House of Representatives. Records of the General Assembly, Record Group 7. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, PA.