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Prince, Nancy Gardnerlocked

(15 September 1799–01 January 0001)
  • Ann T. Keene

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Prince, Nancy Gardner (15 September 1799–01 January 0001), writer and religious worker, was born Nancy Gardner in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Her father, Thomas Gardner, born in Nantucket of African parentage, was her mother's second husband; little is known about him or her mother, who had both African and Native American parentage. Her mother's maiden name is assumed to have been Wornton. Nancy Gardner, her mother's second child, grew up in a large family, for her mother married again twice after Thomas Gardner's death and bore a total of eight children. Nancy's first stepfather, reportedly abusive, was Money Vose, an escaped slave who found work as a seaman and served in the War of 1812 with the British army....

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