In 1836, David McDonogh (1822-1893) and his brother Washington, born in New Orleans, Louisiana, were sent by John McDonogh to Lafayette College, Pennsylvania. Only ten Black students enrolled in Lafayette College in the period 1832-1946. David studied medicine. Information from Lafayette suggests they were enslaved at the time of their arrival but emancipated shortly afterwards. The slaveholder John McDonagh (1779-1850) was born in Baltimore, Maryland, the son of Irish parents John & Elizabeth McDonagh.
In 1860, Dr. David McDonagh was living in Brooklyn, New York with his wife Elizabeth Van Wagner and their children,
Christiana (b 1853), Alice F (b 1854) and John W (b 1858), His Real Estate was valued at $1,000 and his Personal Estate at $1,500. Elizabeth was born in New Jersey and all the children were born in New York.
By 1870, David was still in New York with his wife Elizabeth but only Alice was still living at home.
In 1880, David, Elizabeth and Alice had moved to Newark, New Jersey. David's mother's place of birth is recorded as Virginia and there is no record of his father's place of birth. Elizabeth's parents were recorded as having been born in New Jersey and Elizabeth as Pennsylvania which contradicts the 1860 Census record.
Dr. McDonagh's brother, Washington McDonagh became a teacher, and under an agreement required by John McDonagh, went to work in Liberia in the school of Robert & Catherine Sawyer.
It is important to note that of all the people John McDonagh enslaved, David and his brother appear to be the only two who were given the name McDonagh and who were sent away to school in Pennsylvania. More information to follow about John McDonagh 1779-1850.
Sources (accessed 6 Nov. 2021)
Lafayette College mcdonogh.lafayette.edu/about-the-mcdonogh-network/
1886 New York Freeman, 3 Apr 1886
Marriage of Alice McDonagh to George Brown, Manhattan, New York
1893 Obituary Jersey City News 24 Jan 1893
Elizabeth McDonagh and Alice Brown, Roseline Brown & Grace Brown 1910
Death of Alice Frances Brown 1917 Manhattan
According to his Death Certificate, David Davis Amos was born in 1841 in Spartanburg County, South Carolina. He was the son of John Amos and Annie Jones. He died of 'old age' near Greer in 1938. His wife's name was Carrie.
In 1930, David Amos was living in Beech Springs, Spartanburg County with his wife Carrie, his daughter Marrie Caldwell (b. 1898) and his granddaughter Geneba/Geneva (b. 1915). In 1920 Geneva Cal(d)well was living in the household of Dora Morris (b. 1871), a widow, in Reidville, Spartanburg County. Other members of the household included Dewitt Morris, Dora's son and Dora's cousins, Glover Calwell, Lynda Anderson and Bramley Anderson.
David Amos 1930, Beech Springs, Spartanburg County
Geneva Caldwell 1920, Reidville, Spartanburg County
The 1910 Census recorded David Amos living with his first wife Annie (1857-1919), daughter Lovenia (b. 1890) and sons Levachal (b. 1893) and Siemon (b. 1895). David & Annie had been married for 43 years and Annie was the mother of 11 children all still living in 1910.
Mrs Annie Amos was buried at Upper Shady Grove Baptist Church which was established by her community in the 1870s.
Louvenia Amos married Eddie Moore and gave birth to a son Andrew about 1915. Andrew was a widower by the time of his death by drowning in 1952. Louvenia Moore died at 100 Stoke Street, Greer in 1964. Her father was recorded as David Amos but her mother was recorded as Lucenda Cannon. The informant was her husband Eddie Moore.
Dave (David) Amos 1910, Beech Springs, Spartanburg County
Death Certificate 1919, Annie Amos, Reidville, Spartanburg County
Andrew Moore 1940, household of Eddie Moore, Beech Springs Township, Spartanburg County
Death Certificate 1952 Andrew Moore
Death Certificate 1964 Louvenia Amos Moore
The newspaper article of 1938 records David Amos place of enslavement as the plantation of the late Dr. Alfred Moore. Dr. Alfred Moore (1899-1937) was the son of Samuel Moore (1853-1919) and the grandson of Alfred L Moore (1823-1900). In 1860 Alfred Love Moore enslaved thirteen people ranging in age from 1 to 36 years. Neighbouring slaveholders were John E Moore, A B Flemming, E A Flemming, John C Orland, John H Hadden, Jane Snoddy, J R Frey and Amanda Hawkins.
Alred Love Moore (1823-1900) was also a physician. He was married to Martha Evins (1832-1884). In 1860, their children were recorded as; Thomas b. 1852, Samuel b.1854, Florence b. 1856 and Mary b. 1860. Also present in his household was John Moore b. 1820, a labourer and John Smith b. 1835, the Overseer.
1860 Slave Schedule, Southern Division, Spartanburg County
Alfred Love Moore (name transcribed as A S Moore) 1860 Southern Division, Spartanburg County
Memorial 1900 Dr. Alfred Love Moore