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James, Thomas (1804 - 1891), African Methodist Episcopal Clergy, Abolitionist, Slave Narrative Author

Floyd Ogburn

in African American National Biography

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780195301731
James, Thomas (1804 - 1891), African Methodist Episcopal Clergy, Abolitionist, Slave Narrative Author

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minister and abolitionist, was born a slave in Canajoharie, New York. As he recounts in his Life of Rev. Thomas James, by Himself, he was the third of four children, and at the tender age of eight he witnessed Asa Kimball, his owner, sell his mother, brother, and elder sister to slaveholders in Smithtown, New York. He never saw his mother and sister again, but he was reunited briefly many years later with his brother, who informed him that their mother had died in 1846. His youngest sister died when he was a youth, and he had never met or heard anything about his father. While...

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