Cabell County's Empire for Freedom: The Manumission of Sampson Sanders' Slaves

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Sampson Sanders was the wealthiest landowner in Cabell County, [West] Virginia during the Anti-bellum Period, and the owner of fifty-one slaves that came to him through inheritance. Sanders never purchased or sold a slave, and upon his death, he manumitted all his slaves and provided them with the means and land to start a new life as free men and women in Michigan. This remarkable man taught his slaves to run his holdings rather than hire an overseer, and in defiance of Virginia laws, it is evident that some of his slaves could read, write and cipher. Readers and historians will appreciate this well researched perspective of life on Sander's unique plantation, as well as the history of its slaves. Thanks to nearly complete records, Carrie Eldridge is able to trace family origins back to Hannah, the family matriarch, and reconstruct the history and evolution of an African-American family from 1780 to the present. Numerous illustrations, appendices, a bibliography and indices to people and places enhance the text.

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Carrie Eldridge, a former educator, is a historical geographer with 20 years experience in local history information. A frequent lecturer, she has been included in "Who's Who in the Midwest" for her work in preserving historical information. With 30 titles of abstracted materials,2 gazetteers, 6 maps and 2 atlases to her credit, "Cabell County's EMPIRE FOR FREEDOM,The Manumission of Sampson Sanders Slaves" is the culmination of several years of research.

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Cabell County is bounded on the north by the Ohio River. In 1850 that meant slaves could literally see freedom a few hundred yards away but completely unattainable. One Cabell County slave holder was unhappy with his situation. Although he owned many slaves, he did not think slavery was right. Virginia's laws made it very difficult to free a large number of slaves because the former owner was responsible for the welfare of his freed slaves. Sampson Sanders was also confronted with providing for his legal heirs. Sanders' answer to both situations was to amass a fortune is land and cash and then to disperse his funds to the satisfaction of everyone concerned.

The Sanders' story spans the early American frontier. A young family with a slave left northern Virginia about 1785 and moved southwest into North Carolina and Tennessee. Business opportunities called the family west to the Ohio River valley where the father died in 1802. Sampson Sanders, the son, enlarged the family holdings and protected his slaves from other family members. At his death in 1849, Sanders had about fifty slaves. He willed that each slave should be manumitted, provided with cash and supplies and assisted in finding new homes in Michigan.

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