[PW] Woodhouse, Smith and Saviel -- "African American" Origins Story

K. Stewart kjostew at verizon.net
Thu Apr 23 10:24:52 PDT 2015


I'm new to the list and obviously late to this thread, but I looked up Woodhouse, Smith, and Saviel on Ancestry.com and found a Samuel Saviel listed as "negroe" (he must have been a freedman, as he is listed alongside white citizens in the census) in the 1790 Federal Census in Philadelphia. (Citation: Year: 1790; Census Place: Water Street East Side, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Series: M637; Roll: 9; Page: 86; Image: 416; Family History Library Film: 0568149.) His profession was listed as a lime seller. On the same roll, just two pages before the listing for Saviel, appears William Woodhouse, a stationer and bookseller. There were several A. Smiths (at least one a freedman) listed in the 1790 Census, but with such a common name it's hard to say whether any of them was the "A. Smith" you mentioned. William Woodhouse published many items on his own, as can be seen in a WorldCat search.

You can view one of Woodhouse's published works on HathiTrust at this URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2027/mdp.39015078572503.

Karen Stewart
Bartow, FL

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