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The young Hannah E. Stockley sits on the lap of her grandfather’s slave, Jints, in the early 1860s
Hannah E. Stockley with her grandfather’s slave, Jints, in the early 1860s. Stockley’s grandfather, James Anderson, owned 15 slaves on his farm in Sussex County. Hannah’s father, Charles C. Stockley, would later serve as Delaware’s Governor from 1883-1887. This is the only known photograph of a slave in Delaware.

Hannah and Jints

Hannah Stockley was the granddaughter of James Anderson a slave holder in Sussex County. In 1860, James had eleven slaves and in 1864, he had eight slaves. After the war, Jints disappears from history. Hannah and her parents, Charles and Ellen Shockley, lived with James; Charles would become Governor in 1883. Hannah would later marry and died in 1920.

The Purnell Collection of photographs contains representations of a wide range of subjects and time periods that give an excellent view of Sussex County life. There are also some photos from Kent and New Castle Counties. The collection is divided into three categories: places, with street scenes, businesses, buildings and transportation; portraits and subjects.

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