Slave Name Roll: Littleton Mapp – Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia

Slave Name Roll:  Littleton Mapp – Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia

I’ve always thought about the slaves as I read my ancestors wills; how will they be found by their descendants? Now with the creation of “Slave Name Roll Project” by Schalene Jennings Dagutis of Tangled Roots and Trees   we will be able to, hopefully, reunite the slave names with their descendants searching for them. I know what I have gone through in searching for my ancestors, but it’s twice as hard for anyone looking for slave ancestors.

The ball began rolling first with Cathy Meder-Dempsey with her posts for Black History Month – it rolled along to Schalene Jennings Dagutis (see above) who organized the Slave Name Roll Project on her blog. And I can’t forget to mention True A. Lewis’s quote on the slave project – “It’s  Honorable to do…You’re  RELEASING their Names and their Souls for their Descendants to hopefully find them one day. Every time this Happens they are Rejoicing. They have been in a book or what have you for so long… True A. Lewis.

I am  happy to be giving something back to my fellow genealogists. By all working together – we can make it work and preserve our history – no matter who our ancestors were.  I am proud to be a contributor to this project!

Littleton Mapp, my fifth great grandfather, was born 1737 in Northampton County, Virginia and died 15 December 1804 in Hancock County, Georgia. His will was prepared on 20 January 1803 and proved on 15 December 1804.

This story is not about Littleton Mapp – it is about what was in his will. What he left behind to children – his possessions. And yes, he left slaves designated as such possessions to his descendants.

I was born and raised in the South and I’m proud to be a Southerner. But unfortunately, no matter what my ancestors did to your ancestors, it doesn’t make me the same person. If we could go back in time and talk to them – what would they say? I’m sure there were bad and good slave holders, but I can’t begin to imagine the pain they lived through with the separation of their families and having no control of where they lived and with whom.

I have researched my family for over twenty years and have been able to do so through land records, census, family stories and wills – my fellow African-American genealogists have not had it so easy. But being a genealogist, we are all on the same page and working toward the same goal – to find our ancestors.

Littlton Mapp Will: Proved 15 December 1804 – Hancock, Co., Georgia

Will of LIttleton Mapp wife Mary Foster  His son is Robert Howson Mapp

It was Littleton’s second wife, Mary (Foster) who was named in his will – along with several slaves he designated to her and his children.

Littleton’s route to end up in Greene and Hancock County came by way of Granville County, North Carolina, where he lived in 1774/75 and Spartanburg,  South Carolina where he served in the militia, in 1782. It was from Spartanburg Co., S.C.  that he moved to Greene Co. in 1792, and in 1793, Hancock County was created and his land put into it, causing him to then live in Hancock County.

It was first in Greene County where Littleton purchased 300 acres; his will designated it as a plantation – but what did he grow there – as twenty slaves were listed in his will. My curiosity is peeked as to why so many were needed in the running of this plantation; I will do more research to determine what was grown on this plantation and maybe more information on the slaves will be found.

To his wife, Mary, he left this plantation along with Negroes, James, Jill, Dick, Bristol, Will, Tawny, Jack, (bought from estate of William Mapp, his son – deceased), Randal, Tom, Ransom, Lucy, Jinny, Big James, Hannah, Violet, Fanny, Lillie, Tamer, Sarah and Doll. So it seems, if they were all left to her, this plantation was still operable and running at the time of his death.

After her death, or remarriage, the property was to be disposed as follows:

To son James, the Mapp land and three Negroes, Tom, Jack and Doll. James also received a feather bed, corner cupboard, walnut oval table, 6 chairs, chest, looking glass, saddle and bridal and a foal… It seems James was the favorite to receive all these prized possessions.

If son James died without lawful issue, then the plantation was to be given to son Jeremiah along with the balance of his portion to be equally divided among his sons and daughters.

To his daughter Nancy Mapp, Negroes Jack and Sarah, a bed, and a colt named Mark. If she died without issue, they were to be divided among the rest of his children.

To his beloved daughter Elizabeth Smith a Negro girl Fanny.

To his daughter Polly Smith a Negro named Bristol.

To daughter Susannah Asten, a Negro girl Young Tamer.

To daughter Sarah Jackson, a Negro woman Violet.

After the death or remarriage of his wife Mary, Negroes not already willed, were to be equally divided among his son’s John, Littleton and Robert Howson Mapp with stock.

Littleton Mapp’s will is recorded in the Hancock County courthouse; land was originally bought in Greene County, but moved into Hancock when it was formed.

William Mapp, Littleton Mapp’s son, died single with no issue; his will gave to the care of his father and brother Howsin Mapp $2000 – in hands of Julius Alford and Robertus Love. (were they lawyers handling a sale?) When Negroes are sold, money to be distributed among my brothers and sisters; my brother Howsan to have $50 for his trouble. To my loving brother Jeremiah a Negro named Sam for ten years and then to be set free.

William never married – a bill of sale was found to an Isaac Bush of Edgefield County, South Carolina for a Negro girl named jenny.

William Mapp’s inventory (10 September 1799) of slaves were – Negroes Hannah and child Patt, Sybba and child Cornelius, George, Jack, Sophia, Isaac, and Sambo for ten years.  Receipts were returned by Robert H. Mapp, executor 6 November 1809.

Mary Polly Mapp (daughter) born circa 1759, Northampton Co., Va, married circa 1777, Granville Co., N.C. to John Smith. They also moved to Greene Co, with her father as John Smith bought land on Shoulderbone Creek and bought Negroes from Charles Burk in 1796. He bought Molinda and Siller.

In 1790 William Mapp (son) of Hancock Co, Ga. bought Negroes from John Smith of Greene Co., Ga., Rebecca, Febe and Sarah, 17.

Elizabeth Mapp (daughter) born circa 1757/65, married Reuben Smith, circa 1775 in Granville co., N.C.; another daughter, who was already married, and moved along with the parents.  From the will of husband Reuben Smith, his will of 1833 designates that his eight children are to keep the Negroes given them. To wife Elizabeth Mapp Smith, I give her the land we now live and Negroes, Humphra, Elijah, George, Caroline, Rhoda, and her children, a wheel carriage, a gig, two good carriages, horses, livestock, household and kitchen furniture.

Samuel Mapp, born Northampton Co, VA. circa 1698, d. 1744 (uncle of Littleton Mapp) Samuel made a will on 22 September 1743 at Northampton Co, VA. To my son Robins (under age 18) my 150 acre plantation, but if none of my sons have issue then to Littleton Mapp, son of my brother Howson Mapp. To son Robins Negro man Daniel and Negro woman Pegg and her child Rachel. To my son John and daughter Esther and the child my wife goes with Negro Peter and Phillis when Esther is age 18. (I had a hard time deciphering this sentence, so wrote it as it was) To loving wife (no name) Negro man Leverpool.

This was my contribution in Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors Challenge 2015: Week 9 – Close to Home. A challenge she began in 2014 – to write once a week about a specific ancestor. It could be a story, a biography, a photograph, a research problem — any that focuses on that one ancestor. I completed Amy’s challenge in its entirety last year, but this year I continue on a monthly level.

For more information on the Mapp family – please check out my story I wrote for the 52 Ancestor 52 Week 2014 challenge.


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9 Responses to Slave Name Roll: Littleton Mapp – Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia

  1. Byron Johnson says:

    My great grandfather James Mapp’s ancestors came out of this legacy. My grandfather, Adian Mapp, was born in 1899 as confirm in the 1910 census. Littleton Mapp II lived in Athens, Ga where our branch of the Black Mapps settle. My grandfather had ties to White Plains, Ga where the Mapp name is prevalent.

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  2. Aqueelah Barrie says:

    Thank you so much for this post. I have been reading your blog to trace my family’s connection to the Mapps of Georgia. We are the Mapps of Newton county, Mississippi. It looks like some branches of your Mapp family moved to Mississippi around the mid-1800s. I’m trying to find any slaves they may have taken with them to Newton county. My 4th great grandmother is a Mapp (sometimes listed as Mulatto) and I’m having a hard time finding her husband and also her parents. In your research, have you seen any lists of slaves for the Mapps of your line. In my research, I found that William Forster Mapp is a descendent of Littleton and moved from Georgia to Mississippi. So far, he is the only Mapp that I am able to place in both GA and MS. Any information your have or tips would be helpful. Thank you again for sharing your family’s story here.

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    • I have not pursued my Mapp lines other than what I found. I will keep you in mind if I come across anything but presently haven’t been researching. But you never know who might find my blog and you.


      • Aqueelah N Barrie says:

        Thank you! It was your blog that allowed me to see the migration pattern of the Mapps, which was eye opening. I will continue searching and check your blog for updates. Thanks!

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  3. Patricia Mapps says:

    Greetings, Jeanne Bryan Insalaco

    I came to this page through researching the Tatum and Menefee families who settled in Nacogdoches and Rusk Counties in Texas in the 1840s and 1850s. I am told that my family and the Menefee family are cousins. My Menefee cousins appear to have taken not only the last name of their enslavers but also some of their first names. I have been able to trace the enslaving Menefees to Georgia and find enslaved people named in the 1840 will of George Menefee who died in 1841. I live in hope of being able to use the 1840 census, George Menefee’s will, the 1850 Georgia census for one of his sons, and the 1860 census for that son in Texas to find continuity between the population census records, “slave” schedules, and wills to track the enslaved Menefees.

    I found the records for William Mapp in some DAR records during this research. Given that my family name is Mapps, I hope to find traces of these ancestors who census records say were born in either Georgia or Alabama. They were brought to Texas in the early 1850s.

    Thanks for this post.

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    • There seems to be many Mapps in Georgia but I have not researched any further. I don’t have your names in any of my research. Good luck in furthering your search.


    • Aqueelah says:

      Hi Patricia,
      I am researching my Mapp family line and also still have many unanswered questions in my research. My family moved or were transported to Newton Co., Mississippi in the 1850s or 1860s, where they eventually settled. I haven’t pinpointed the Mapp slaveholder, but have found they were living in Hancock county, GA. There are also ties to Greene, Baldwin, and possibly Walton counties, GA.
      There is a Mapp family of Eastern Shore, VA Facebook page which I have found helpful in piecing together some ties of the enslaved Mapps spanning from VA, NC, SC, GA, AL, MS, TX, MI…..and apparently Canada also. There is also a Mapp Worldwide tree on Ancestry, which has several Mapp branches in it.
      Hope this helps!

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      • Hello. Thank you for leaving more Mapp family info on the lines for research. My first Mapp. Believe was greene county with my gg grandmother Rebecca Mapp. I’m going to have to do more research on this line


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