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Zephaniah Kingsley Jr. and the Atlantic WorldSlave Trader, Plantation Owner, Emancipator$
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Daniel L. Schafer

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780813044620

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813044620.001.0001

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“To Do Good in This World We Must Have Money”

“To Do Good in This World We Must Have Money”

The Kingsley Legacy

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(p.230) 14 “To Do Good in This World We Must Have Money”
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Zephaniah Kingsley Jr. and the Atlantic World
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Daniel L. Schafer

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813044620.003.0015

This chapter looks at the families of Kingsley’s daughters, Martha K. Baxter and Mary K. Sammis, and their mother Anna Jai Kingsley, as well as their cousin Charles J. McNeill, in the years after Kingsley’s death. The chapter begins with a provision in Kingsley’s Will regarding the sanctity of slave families and their right to self-purchase of freedom, and discusses the legal challenge to his Will by his sister, Martha K. McNeill. Also discussed are the fates of the families of slaves owned by Kingsley at the time of his death. Prior to his death in 1846, George Kingsley honoured his father’s promise of self-purchase of freedom for several slaves he inherited, as did Anna Kingsley and the families of Martha Baxter, Mary Sammis, and Charles J. McNeill. In the years that followed many of these liberated families settled in the rural enclave known today as Arlington, in homes near Kingsley’s legatees. For other slaves owned by Kingsley, families were divided by the inevitable auctions that settled the estate.

Keywords:   Lydia M. Child, Kingsley estate inventories, Martha Kingsley McNeill, Chesterfield, Slave auctions, Carpenter Bill/William Kingsley, Romeo Murray, Charles J. McNeill, St. Isabel Plantation

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