Were All White Overseers Cruel to Slaves?

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tdstepen

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My 2nd great-grandfather, George Alexander Stephenson, 1822-1893, is listed as an "overseer" on the 1860 Census of Giles County,Tennessee. In 1850,George was living in the home of Carson P. Reed who owned at least 50 slaves. I assume that George was still working for Carson P. Reed in 1860. I know that I can't be held responsible for what my ancestors did, but I hope my George was not the typical stereotype of an overseer who whipped the slaves and did other cruel things to them. My only hope is that Carson P. Reed, a Cumberland Presbyterian preacher, was kind to his slaves. Are there any accounts of overseers who contradict the typical stereotype of overseers?
 
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