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Slave records in Barbados
« on: Saturday 13 March 21 14:52 GMT (UK) »
My ancestor, James Pairman, was Postmaster General in Barbados from 1812 to shortly before his death in 1845. In 1826 he declared the purchase of a number of slaves, 17 of whom he then sold to Helen Pairman, who I think was his daughter, born about 1810. She had a sister, Elizabeth Christian Pairman, who is described at her marriage as 'free coloured'. I can find no marriage for James, either in the UK or Barbados,nor can I find a record of their births. Am I right in assuming that the girls were the result of a partnership with a black slave/free woman, acknowledged by him?
My questions: Were births, marriages and deaths  among the slave population recorded, and if so, where?
When an owner freed a slave, was that recorded in any way - and if so, where?
Were slaves always given the surname of their owner? The only surnames recorded for James in the slave registers are those whose names are not Pairman.
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Re: Slave records in Barbados
« Reply #2 on: Sunday 14 March 21 12:32 GMT (UK) »
Thank you very much. I had just thought to look in Family Search myself, and the other site is a useful guide to the registers. That gives me something to get my teeth into!
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