Who was the largest slave owner in Arkansas? Elisha Worthington of Chicot County was the state’s largest slave owner, holding more than 500 people on the eve of the Civil War.
Were there slave owners in Arkansas? The growth of slavery in the state was directly linked to this expansion. By 1860, Arkansas was home to more than 110,000 slaves, and one in five white citizens was a slave owner. The majority of these held only a few slaves. Only twelve percent owned twenty or more slaves, the benchmark of “planter” status.
How do I find out if my relatives owned slaves? If you can locate your ancestor in the normal 1850 and 1860 census reports and cross reference them with the slave schedule you can confirm whether they owned slaves.
How do I find my slave records? The National Archives and Records Administration, as the custodian of the permanently valuable records of the U.S. Federal Government, holds a wide variety of records that may help African Americans identify slave holders and ancestors who were enslaved before 1865.