Ana Madgigaine Jai Kingsley, a Slave Who Owned Slaves

“Zephaniah Kingsley, an African slave trader, maritime merchant, shipbuilder and planter, had arrived in the region in 1803. Kingsley’s wife was from Senegal, a victim of the slave trade he had profitably engaged in. Ana Madgigaine Jai Kingsley became a free woman, a planter and a slave owner herself. In 1821, Kingsley lived with his wife and his free African-American family at Fort George Island, a cotton plantation located where St. Johns River meets the Atlantic Ocean. He eventually owned plantations in what became five northeast Florida counties, cultivated by more than 300 slaves.”

Source: The New History of Florida Edited by Michael Gannon University Press of Florida, 1996 p. 214

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