Yes, there are sources which discuss locations and I believe the sort of work and the fees per year garnered by the hiring of them out. There is also a mention of a specific brother out of a trio of brothers who sadly passed away after they were freed and Lee comments that he hopes his anger hadn’t caused his passing.Do we have any sources that indicate who Lee hired his slave out too?.
Please do share.Yes, there are sources which discuss locations and I believe the sort of work and the fees per year garnered by the hiring of them out. There is also a mention of a specific brother out of a trio of brothers who sadly passed away after they were freed and Lee comments that he hopes his anger hadn’t caused his passing.
If you’d like to get into this more on a different thread, I’d be glad to share information I found concerning Nancy Ruffin who had three children and came to the Lees via the Custis family. You may find it of interest that she had a child name Mack. (Reverend William Mack Lee, ring a bell.) And, yes, there is talk about other of her children possibly being fathered by Custis or by Lee.
However, I don’t feel that this is the correct location to discuss such things.
"Before the Civil War, Robert E. Lee freed most of his slaves and offered to pay expenses for those who wanted to go to Liberia. In November 1853, Lee's former slaves William and Rosabella Burke and their four children sailed on the Banshee, which left Baltimore with 261 emigrants. A person of superior intelligence and drive, Burke studied Latin and Greek at a newly established seminary in Monrovia and became a Presbyterian minister in 1857. He helped educate his own children and other members of his community and took several native children into his home.
The Burkes's letters describing their lives in Liberia show that they relied on the Lees to convey messages to and from relatives still in Virginia, and the letters also reflect affection for their former masters.
Despite the hardships of being a colonist, William Burke was enthusiastic about his new life. After five years in Liberia he wrote that "Persons coming to Africa should expect to go through many hardships, such as are common to the first settlement in any new country. I expected it, and was not disappointed or discouraged at any thing I met with; and so far from being dissatisfied with the country, I bless the Lord that ever my lot was cast in this part of the earth. The Lord has blessed me abundantly since my residence in Africa, for which I feel that I can never be sufficiently thankful."
Letters from the Burkes to Mary Custis Lee, wife of Robert E. Lee, were published in the 1859 edition of The African Repository with Mrs. Lee's permission. This letter from Mrs. Burke to Mrs. Lee demonstrates personal warmth between the two women. Mrs. Burke shows concern for Mrs. Lee's health, tells Mrs. Lee about her children, and asks about the Lee children. The "little Martha" referred to was Martha Custis Lee Burke, born in Liberia and named for one of the Lee family. Repeating her husband's enthusiasm for their new life, Rosabella Burke says, "I love Africa and would not exchange it for America."
Essay on Liberia consolidated by Henry Robert Burke :: Liberia :: History :: Lest We Forget (hamptonu.edu)
For some reason, I was thinking this story was attributed to Custis and his wife as the ones who prepared those who would be returning to Africa by making sure they had trained in various areas prior to leaving this country.
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