The Posey Family

Runaway ad for Rebecca Posey, Baltimore Sun, August 26, 1852
Freedom Seeking ad for Rebecca Posey, Baltimore Sun, August 26, 1852.


Mark Posey was perhaps the highest ranking enslaved individual in the Hampton household prior to emancipation in 1864. As head waiter, he received special clothing, gifts, and perks, such as a “very good” yellow waistcoat that had belonged to his enslaver John Ridgely. Yet in 1852, his 15-year old daughter Rebecca chose to seek her freedom, despite the dangers involved. Rebecca was not returned and is documented as living in Baltimore City by the mid-1860s. During the Civil War, Mark himself also chose to seek his freedom along with his second wife Louisa Humphries Posey, their infant son, and several of her family members, though unfortunately the group was quickly returned. Mark Posey continued to work as a waiter in both hotels and private households in Towson after being freed.


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    Freedom Seekers

    Learn all about people that would seek their freedom from Hampton.

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    Enslaved People

    Hampton was the second largest plantation in Maryland. Learn about the struggle, hardships, and lives of the enslaved.

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    Slavery at Hampton

    From the colonial period through 1864, the Ridgelys enslaved over 500 people. Enslaved persons, from young children to the elderly

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    Forms of Control

    From physical to mental abuse for the youngest ages to the oldest. Learn about the harsh truths and forms of control.

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    Working Conditions

    Accounts of the working conditions of the forced labor iron works.

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    People of Hampton

    Hundreds of people lived, worked, and were enslaved at Hampton coinciding America's development as a nation. Explore more of their stories.

Last updated: March 18, 2024

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