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From: "Paul Redden" <>
Subject: Re: Quakers and Slaves
Date: Fri, 25 Sep 1998 10:28:13 -0400

I have a question on the issue of Slavery also. I have an 1875 Pittsburgh
Newspaper clipping where a 112 year old former slave named Frank Wentt was
under the care of my third great grandparents who had held a society
birthday party for him that year in Pittsburgh. C.G. Hussey had given him
a country home and the use of a house in the city durring the winter. Mr.
Wentt had been born around Winchester, VA and was later owned by Col. David
LUPTON, a Quaker and the father of my fifth great grandfather, Joseph
Updegraff's second wife, Ann Lupton to whom he was given before they moved
to Ohio around 1800 and had been with the family ever since. Now here is
the delimma. The UPDEGRAFF's were staunch anti-slavery. It was their
ancestor, Abraham Op den Graeff who authored and signed the first Quaker
anti-slavery petition in 1688. The HUSSEY's also were anti-slavery with
C.G. Hussey himself contributing a vast portion of his millions to
anti-slavery as well as temperance and womens sufferage and schools for
women. His business partner, Rev. Charles Avery (Methodist) founded the
first African American College in the country in Allegheny, PA (Pittsburgh)
in the 1840's which was used as a documented station for the Underground
Railroad. I also have an anti-slavery pamphlet describing a large slave
auction in 1858 that I believe was authored, or at least sponsored by C.G.
Hussey and that he saved. Most of these documents are scanned or
transcribed and available from my home page.

Paul Redden
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> From: Thomas Hamm <>
> To:
> Subject: Re: Quakers and Slaves
> Date: Friday, September 25, 1998 9:46 AM
> >Hi everyone,
> >
> >Yesterday I sent a note showing the taxing of Quakers, and I got quit a
> >responses. Thanks for all of those.
> >
> >Now here is one for all those who do no think that Quakers had slaves...
> >
> >This one is a little different... It is a receipt..
> >
> >=====================
> >Received of Mr Josiah Peelle twelve dollars for the hire of negro girl
> >Tempy for the present year 1815 March 18. John Eaves.
> >
> >====================
> >This is the same Josiah being taxed in the previous e-mail.
> >
> A couple of possibilities here. The Discipline of Friends was very
> clear--Friends were not to own slaves. Owning or even hiring one brought
> disownment.
> One possibility is that Tempy is one of the slaves who had been turned
> to North Carolina Yearly Meeting by owners who wished to free them but
> could not under the laws of the state. North Carolina Yearly Meeting
> became legal owners of a number of slaves in this way before 1820. The
> yearly meeting may have placed her under Josiah Peele's care.
> Another possibility is that Tempy is a free orphan who had been bound to
> Josiah Peele. He, in turn, could have hired her to someone else.
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