Black families with ancestors in Edgefield County, South Carolina, can now follow the lives of ancestors throughout the 19th century, thanks to a comprehensive collection of records from the Edgefield County Archives pertaining to the purchasing and selling of slaves. The award-winning work, Slave Records of Edgefield County, is Gloria Lucas’ legacy, according to close friends and associates. Lucas died at age 84 last month.
The book, published by the Edgefield Historical Society, contains extractions from ledgers of estates, wills, inventories, appraisals, deed transfers, sheriff sales and other files that contain about 29,000 listings and more than 58,000 slave names. Many of the records provide gender, age, physical description, occupation and family relationships.
You can read the details in an article by Wesley Brown in The Augusta Chronicle at http://goo.gl/HXW7u. You may be able to find Slave Records of Edgefield County in a library near you by searching at http://goo.gl/VYJaZ.