Descendants

There are many descendants of the enslaved people of Wye House who currently reside in the cities of Easton, Unionville, and Copperville in Maryland. Without geneological research, it is difficult to directly tie families today to those in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It is our hope, however, that this website will spark more interest in family histories and promote discussion about the importance of this past today with living relatives.

If you have a story, experience, or family history to share, please let us know. Some stories are below:

"I started research of my maternal genealogy in college over 20 years ago for a project. I decided to continue my research in recent years to help connect different lines of my family. I found that my maternal grandmother has ties to the The Wye House, because she was born there when her mother and father worked there in the early 1930's. Her parents names were George Henry and Sara Wilson Cooper. I found on Ancestry.com that when he worked for Howard Lloyd when he was drafted. I suspect that his parents George Henry Cooper and Mary Roberts Cooper mat have also worked at the Wye House as well. I would like to see if the ancestors of the latter couple are on the database to further connect the dots in my genealogy. The Roberts name has come up in my genealogy on my grandmother's maternal side of the family as well. Will be visiting the The Wye House exhibition on 9/26.

Thanks to your team and the Lloyd descendants for unveiling the culture, lives and ancestral connections of the past to light for those us interested in our roots." Jeffrey Moaney

"My mother, b. San Francisco 1925, is Elisabeth Lloyd Goldsborough, and her brother was William Tilghman Goldsborough III, so I am a direct descendant of the masters of Wye House; I need to visit it. I did go to the courthouse at Canton, MS one time and pull the deed on the 1837 purchase by Edward and Elizabeth Lloyd of land there, for expansion; they were at that time breeding slaves at Wye House and then taking them down South to work in cotton. It appears that they retained the MS property after the war and made it profitable again through some form of reenslavement. Family also had land for a while in LA and AK, but sold it again, seeing that civil war was coming, so I do not know whether many Wye House people ended up in those states ... but many do appear to have ended up in the Canton, MS area (that is near Jackson)." Leslie Bary

"I'm a gr-gr-granddaughter of John Brown, b 1813, whose family appears on the 1850 Talbot Co census as No. 152, along with the family of Daniel Lloyd(e), also No. 152. I don't think we're related but wonder if they worked the same farm? Which one? I've been researching Brown for many years and am STUCK at this generation. Would love to find the true ancestor of this John Brown, who was born in QA County. Also, his son, John T.F. Brown, owned Wye Mill 1870's, 1880's until death in 1899. My grandparents burial in Chesterfield Cem, mother b. in Queenstown 1911. Thanks for reading." Veronica Robinson