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Elizabeth Zoe Vicary

escaped slave and preacher, was born in Charles County, Maryland, on a farm owned by Francis Newman. As a child Henson frequently saw his parents abused and severely beaten. On one occasion, as a punishment for defending his wife, Henson's father was sentenced to a physical mutilation that left him permanently scarred. Although he was raised without religion, Henson was immediately converted to Christianity after his first exposure to it at a revivalist camp meeting. As a young boy, he was sold to Isaac Riley.

Because of his unusual strength and intelligence Henson was made superintendent of the farm at a young age He managed the plantation well doubling the annual crop production One day during an argument at a neighboring farm Henson defended his master in an argument with the other plantation s overseer In revenge the overseer and three of his slaves waylaid Henson one ...


Patricia J. Thompson

Methodist Episcopal minister and antislavery activist, was born in Maryland apparently as a slave. Little is known of Samuel Snowden's early life though there are a number of references to his having been a former slave. In an address before the fourth New England Anti-Slavery Convention held in Boston, Massachusetts in 1837 he talks about his experience as a slave in the cornfields but gives no further information about when and where that was or how and when he came to be a free man.

Snowden first appears in the North in Portland, Maine, in the early 1800s where he was described in land records, first as a laborer and later as a yeoman (a small farmer who tills his own soil). On 3 January 1808 Snowden married Nancy Marsh from Monmouth, Maine, and they had at least one child, a daughter Isabella Though no death record has ...