Sylvia/Sylvie

Title

Sylvia/Sylvie

Description

African descent

Contributor

Jackie Dinan

Male or Female

Female

Location or Address

Southold

Status

Enslaved

Enslaver or Household

William Albertson; afterwards his heirs.

Birth Date

1798, calculated from her reported age (22 years) at the time of her manumission.

Death Date

1867 (oral tradition).

Misc. Date

April 22, 1820 (manumission certificate approved by Overseers of the Poor); May 3, 1820 (manumission certificate recorded in town book).

Biographical Notes

She was a daughter of Kedar (#1639) and Pegg (#1640). Information provided by J.W. Case cannot be corroborated with direct evidence. There was no Sylvia living with the other Derby siblings in Greenport in the 1860 Federal census. There was, however, a Sylvia Adams (black, 66 years), working as a servant in the John Ireland household in Greenport in 1860. The death of Sylvia Adams (70 years) at Greenport on July 18, 1864 was listed in the Cleveland Supplement (Long Island Traveler, February 27, 1879, page 3), but she was not identified as Black.

Source/s

For manumission documents see URL southoldtownny.gov=>Weblink/Laserfiche=>Town Clerk>Town Record Books>Liber E 1818-1887> image 158/175.

"Sylvia" paragraph excerpt from J.W. Case, “Kedar and his Family” in Long Island Traveler, January 23, 1879.

Files

1879.Sylvia_JWCase.JPG
1820.MANU.Sylvia_Albertson.JPG

Collection

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Citation

“Sylvia/Sylvie,” Plain Sight Project, accessed July 6, 2022, http://plainsightproject.org/items/show/1646.