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Mr. __?__
Jane BURROUGHS
Partner(s):  Mr. __?__

John Cardwell FERGUSON, whose wife, Ann BURROUGHS, would have been Jane's half sister, is alleged to have been the father of John Henry and Booker.

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Subject:  Jane BURROUGHS
Birth:  1820, Bedford Co., VA
Death apparently:  bef. 1870, Malden, Kanawha Co., WV
Spouse:  Washington FERGUSON

Jane is said to have died in 1874, but I think she must have died before 1870 because the woman with Washington and her children in the 1870 census is nine years older and named, "Nancy."

Jane's father is alleged to be her white owner, James BURROUGHS, but note that in the 1860 census, her race is given as black, not mulatto.

Children born on Burroughs Plantation, near Hale's Ford, Franklin Co., VA:
1.  John Henry WASHINGTON, b. Aug 1852 
2.  Booker Taliaferro WASHINGTON, b. 5 Apr 1856
3.  Amanda C. WASHINGTON? FERGUSON?, b. Jun 1858
4.  James B. WASHINGTON, b. Mar 1862
Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; USA, US, United States, Virginia, West Virginia

Sources:

1.  1820 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  James BURROUGHS is in Bedford Co., VA.

3.  1830 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  James BURROUGHS is in Bedford Co., VA.

4.  1840 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  James BURROUGHS is in Bedford Co., VA.

5.  1850 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  cannot find the BURROUGHS household; the FERGUSONs are in Franklin Co., VA.

6.  1860 Slave Schedule Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #21 of 38):  N.E. Division, Franklin Co., VA, p. 115A, PN 21, enumerated 24 Jul 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Name of
Slave Owner
Number
of
Slaves
Description Fugitive
from the
State
Number
manumitted
Deaf & dumb,
blind, insane,
or idiotic.
Number
of Slave
Houses
Deduced
Name of
Slave
Age Sex Colour
Jas Burroughs 1 41 F B          
  1 40 F B         Jane
  1 22 M B          
  1 12 F B          
  1 8 M M         John Henry
  1 4 M M         Booker T.
  1 1 F B       2 Amanda
"Deduced Name of Slave" added by DGM.

7.  1870 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #30 of 80):  Malden P.O., Malden Twp., Kanawha Co., WV, Roll M593_1690, p. 198B, PN 30, 212/212, enumerated 21 Jul 1870, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
Furgersan Watt 50 M B Packs Salt   500 Va
_________ Nancy 59 F B Keeping house     Va
_________ John 17 M B Day labor     Va
_________ Booker 14 M M Domestic Servant     Va
_________ Amand 12 F M At home     Va
_________ James  8 F M       Va
Secondary sources show Jane born 1820, and the 1860 census would support that age, assuming she is living in the James BURROUGHS household (see above).  I really question that the woman here is Jane.  A woman aged 59 is too old to be the mother of these children, except possibly John. 

8.  WorldConnect / Ancestry World Trees (online at RootsWeb.com/Ancestry.com).

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