Anna Madgigine Jai Kingsley has 63 ratings and 8 reviews. Michelle said: This should have been boring, but for some reason I stuck with it and enjoyed it. University Press of Florida Book: Anna Madgigine Jai Kingsley. Contributors: Daniel L. Schafer. ISBN Numbers: Her name was Anna Madgigine Jai Kingsley. A free woman, Anna Kingsley petitioned the Spanish government for land, and land grant records.

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That would have been a nice addition. Johns River for the final time.

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Notes on the Life of Anna Kingsley

Kingsley freed Anna in madgigind, when she turned 18, and gave her responsibilities for his plantations in East Florida. Anna Madgigine Jai Kingsley: The mixed-race Kingsley family was directly and negatively affected by these “illiberal and inequitable laws”, as Kingsley stated in his will. The young woman, a native of Senegal whom Kingsley had purchased in a slave market in Havana, Cuba, was his eighteen-year-old wife and the mother of his three children.

Although slavery was supported, Spanish race policies encouraged manumission and self-purchase and slavery was not necessarily a permanent condition. I have long had iingsley interest in the Kingsley story, but, thanks to Mr.

From the book jacket of Anna Madgigine Jai Kingsley: Notify me of new posts via email. Sadly, so much I would have liked to know seems to be lost of the ravages of history.


Anna was taken to be Kingsley’s wife. Schafer has written an absorbing account of Anna Madgigine Jai Kingsley, an African woman who was enslaved, forcibly transported to Florida, held in bondage, freed, and married to her white master; she bore several of his children and then rose to prominence as a slaveholder.

They returned to Florida later that year, but lived in Union-occupied Fernandina until the end of the conflict. Views Read Edit View history. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. She purchased goods and livestock to get her farm started, as well as 12 slaves. Most of this book reads like a novel and his narrative style will keep the pages turning.

Being from the area, this is a well known fact; however to read about this rich history is astounding and enlightening. Their new son was subject to the harsh enactments that Zephaniah Kingsley called “a system of terror.

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Pamela Almand rated it liked it Apr 14, Johns River plantation in northeast Florida, where she soon became his household manager, his wife, and eventually the mother of four of his children. With Florida’s secession and hostility from Confederates intensifying, Anna had to maddgigine her home again. To have achieved them as a woman of color is remarkable. Instead, Schafer’s account, his exploration of the many anomalies of her identities and experiences, is an interesting biography; at the same time, it is a valuable account that brings a wider understanding to the lives of enslaved and free women in the nineteenth-century South.


Anna Kingsley: A Free Woman

Continue to Zephaniah Kingsley. Citing articles via Google Scholar. Anna Madgiginr JainKingsley, captured in Africa and enslaved, sold to an American who freed her and made her his wife. She became one of a significant number of free people of African descent in East Florida.

On this thousand-acre island with palm-fringed beaches, birds of every description, and ancient Indian mounds of oyster shell, they restored an abandoned plantation.

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What a great story: By the time she arrived at Laurel Grove, she was pregnant. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we’ll send you a link to download the madgiigne Kindle App.

When she was 13 years old, she was captured and sent to Cubawhere she was purchased by, impregnated by, and married to Zephaniah Kingsleya slave trader and plantation owner. In a fine, comfortable house with views of the tidal marsh and ocean beyond, Anna spent the next twenty-three years of her life.