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Johnson, Janelocked

(c. 1814-1822–02 August 1872)
  • Ann T. Keene

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Johnson, Jane (c. 1814-1822–02 August 1872), escaped slave, , is believed to have been born into slavery as Jane Williams in or near Washington, D.C., the daughter of John Williams and Jane Williams, who themselves were slaves; the exact year of her birth is unknown. Virtually nothing is known of her early life, which she presumably spent on Virginia plantations; it is believed that she lived for part of that time in Caroline County and had several owners. She is presumed to have married a fellow slave surnamed Johnson about 1843; with him she apparently had three sons, one of whom was sold to an unknown master. At the beginning of 1854 Johnson and her remaining two sons were sold by her only known master, Cornelius Crew, a plantation owner in Richmond, Henrico County, Virginia, to ...

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