Diana

Title

Diana
Williams

Contributor

Jackie Dinan

Male or Female

Female

Location or Address

Southold

Birthplace

Shelter Island [probably]

Death Date

March 1837

Biographical Notes

An oral history source [diary of Augustus Griffin] states she was born into slavery, the daughter of Crank (#1511) and Florah (#1512); that she was manumitted at age 25; and she managed to purchase a small property with modest house. She was enumerated in the 1820 and 1830 Federal censuses in Shelter Island with the following household members:
1820: 1 female 45+ years, 1 female 14-25, 1 male 14-25 (all free people of color).
1830: 2 females 55-99 (both free people of color).

Source/s

Grania B. Marcus, Discovering the African-American Experience in Suffolk County, 1620-1860 (1995, 1988): 61 (transcript of oral history source; original at the Center for Brooklyn History, formerly the Brooklyn Historical Society).

Advertisement of property sale from The Corrector (Sag Harbor), March 29, 1837, page 4 [the advertisement ran weekly for several months].

Files

1837.Property sale.Diana  Williams of Shelter Island.JPG

Collection

Citation

“Diana,” Plain Sight Project, accessed November 29, 2021, http://plainsightproject.org/items/show/1683.