James Adger was born in Moneynick, Co. Antrim. As the president of the Hibernian Society in Charleston, South Carolina, he was active in providing funds for famine relief in Ireland. However, he was also a slave trader. Gloria Ramsey Lucas in her extensive work Slave records of Edgefield County, South Carolina (2010) uncovered lists of the sale of enslaved people.
On 5 Feb. 1850, Adger & Co. purchased the following enslaved people from John Bauskett, all of whom are named and some of whom are in family groups.
John Bauskett (1794-1867) 'had considerable land holdings in Edgefield County, including a 3,400 acre plantation on the Savannah River and Stevens Creek.'
Sources (research undertaken 2020. Links checked 25 Jun. 2022)
1850 US Federal Census, Charleston Neck, Charleston, South Carolina
1850 Slave Schedule, Charleston, South Carolina
Ramsey Lucas, Gloria, Slave records of Edgefield County, South Carolina 1774-1866 (2010) (available on ancestry.com).
Strum, Harvey, South Carolina and Irish Famine relief 1846-47, in The South Carolina Historical Magazine (2002) 103:2, pp 130-152.
John Bauskett (www.historicedgefield.com/other-famous-edgefieldians).
James Adger married Sarah Elizabeth Ellison in South Carolina in 1806.
Their children were:
Margaret Milligan Adger (1807-1884)
Susan Dunlap Adger (1808-1884)
John Bailey Adger (1810-1889)
James Adger 111 (1812-1882)
Robert Adger 11 (1814-1891)
William Adger (1816-1853)
Sarah Elizabeth Adger (1820-1835)
Jane Ann Adger (1822-1899)
Joseph Ellison Adger (1824-1898)
Martine Brennan (Curator)
Enslavement to citizenship: African Americans in Irish Slaveholder records by Martine Brennan is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.