Since finding my slave ancestor in Cumberland County, PA, I’ve been doing a lot of research on that particular slave and also on slavery in general in south-central Pennsylvania. This page is just a beginning of what I hope to be numerous resources useful to people doing slave research in this area. My goal is to publish multiple volumes.
Complete So Far
Future Volumes Planned
Volume 2: Slaves and Slave Owners in the Tax Lists, Federal, and State Census for Cumberland County, Pennsylvania: 1763-1849. (Nearly complete)
Volume 3: Slaves and Slave Owners in the Tax Lists, Federal, and State Census for Franklin County, Pennsylvania: 1763-1849.
Volume 4: Runaway Slave Advertisements in Local Papers for Cumberland County, Pennsylvania.
Most of the above data I hope to have in a searchable database online. What you can search below is in development and purely experimental for now.
Searches are not case-sensitive. For free blacks, search under Head of Household name.