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William Henry Roll


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Census of Slaves
Staten Island, North Division, 1755


Am I not a man and a brother

Am I not a man and a brother?


In a census of the North Division, Staten Island, taken during the year of 1755, John Roll is recorded as owning three male and one female slaves.

A List of The Names Male and Female belonging to
Males.                    Females.
 
     Thomas Dongan
1st Thomas Tice...........1st Philis
2d Ceaser.................2. Peg
3d Jack...................3. Hanna
4th Jack Mollato..........
5th Joe...................
6th Robbin................
7th Parris................
 
     Jacob Corssen Ceneor
1: Japhory................1: Mary
2: Sam...,,...............2: Nanne
3: Jupeter................
 
     Jacob Corssen Juner..1  Rose
                          2: Nans
 
     John Vegte
1: Tom....................1: Bette
2: Primes.................2: Jean
 
     Gerardus Beekman
1 Bristo..................1 June

     In the Care of G. Beekman and Belong-
        ing to John Beekman In New York.
1: One Negro Na. Sam......
2: One Negro Na. Jo.......
3: One Negro Na. Warwick..
 
     Antony Watters
1: One Negro Na, Sam......1: One V Leana
2: One Negro Na, Will.....2: One W Phillis
 
     Henry Cruse
1 One negro Na Charles....1: One W Na lade
                          2: One W na Dina
                          3: One W na Sary
 
     Cornelius Cruse
                          1: One W. na Dina
 
     Simon Simonson
1: One Negro Na Napten...
 
     Johanis de Groet
1: One negro Na Jack......1: One W. Na Susanna
 
     Joseph Rolf
1: One negro Na, sam......1: One W, Na Jude
                          1: One W, Na Sary
 
     Cristeiaen Corssen
1: One Negro Na, Jack
2: One Negro Na Nenes
 
     Josuah Merseral
1: One Negro Na Flip......1: One W, Na Darkis
 
     John Deceer
1: One Negro named Jem....1: One W, Na Jane
 
     Garret Crussen
                          1: One W, Na mat
                          1: One W, Nabet
 
     Garrit Post
1: one Negro Na.Bos.......1: One W, Na flore
 
     John Roll Junr
1 one, Na Jaek............1: One W Na Sary
 
     Barent marteling
1. one Na. forten.........
 
     Richard merrill
1. one'Na Sam.............One W Na Tittie
one na Bink...............One W Na Sary
 
     Otto Van tuyl
1 Negor N harry...........1 W Na Jane
2 Dto N John..............2 W, Na Jude
 
     Bastian Ellis
1 Negro Tom...............
 
     John Veltmon
1 Negro Na Quam...........
 
     Abraham Prall
1 Negro Na Jack...........1 Wench Na Hage
2 Dto Na Tom..............2 Dto Na Jane
                          3 Dto Na Bet
 
     Charles Mecleen
1 Negro Na Ben............
 
     Margret Simonson
1 Negro Na kof............1 Wench Na floar
 
     Joseph Lake
1 Negro Na Kinck..........1 Wench Na Peg
 
     John Roll
1 Negro Na Tom............1 Wench Na Sary
2 Dto Na Cornelias........
3 Dto Na harry............
 
     Elenor haughwout
                          1 Wench Na Bet
 
     Abraham Crocheron
1 Negro Na Lue............1 Wench Na Mary
 
     Barnit De Pue
1 Negro Na Tom............1 Wench febe
 
     John Crocheron
1 Negro Na Sambo..........
 
     David Cannon
                          1 Wench Na Bet
 
     Aron Prall
1 Negro Na harry..........
 
     Charyty Merrill
1 Negro Na frank..........

     Joseph Begel
1 Negro Na Harry..........1 Wench Na Philis
Cornelias Korsan..........1 Wench Na Susanna

A list of the Neagroes of my division in the North Conpeny
of Staten Island JACOB CORSSEN J[r.]

Source: E. B. O'Callaghan. The Documentary History of the State of New-York; arranged under direction of the Hon. Christopher Morgan, secretary of State. Albany: Weed, Parsons & co., Public Printers, 1849-51. 4 vols., fronts., plates (part fold.) ports. (2 fold.) fold. maps, plans (part fold.) 22 1/2 cm. Vol. III, pp. 867-868.

E. B. O'Callaghan. Census of Slaves, 1755. New York, 1850. An extracted reprint from the book above.