Phillis Burr

Phillis Burr

Birth
Death 18 Apr 1872
Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Devon, Chester County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot Cemetery Burial Marker #9
Memorial ID 15831009 · View Source
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The following was submitted by Dan Oh (#46803017) as a clarification to Phyliss Burr's grave marker inscription.

From the records and research of the Great Valley Baptist Church. The church had a wonderful lecture and tour on June 5, 2011 and this was explained by a re-enactor. The information is from their pamphlet "The Baptist Church in the Great Valley and its Historic Cemetery". Founded 1711

"This stone is controversial because the story it tells is not accurate. "Erected by the Great Valley Baptist Church in memory of Phyllis Burr who was born in Africa, brought to America in the slave ship "Ganges" and sold into slavery to pay her passage and died April 18th, 1872 aged nearly 100 years."

In fact, Phyllis Burr was rescued from a slave ship, ‘the Phebe', by the American Naval vessel, the ‘Ganges', and taken to the free port of Philadelphia where it was certain that she would not be sold into slavery. She and her fellow Africans were assigned to a Quaker relief organization and indentured to families, not so much to pay for their passage but to provide them a living circumstance, albeit not one of their choosing."


Inscription


Erected by the
Great Valley
Baptist Church,
IN Memory of
PHYLLIS BURR,
who was born in Africa,
brought to America in
the Slave Ship "Ganges," and
sold into slavery to pay
for her passage, and died
April 18, 1872,
aged nearly 100 years.


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  • Created by: The Ancestor Hunter
  • Added: 20 Sep 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 15831009
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Phillis Burr (unknown–18 Apr 1872), Find A Grave Memorial no. 15831009, citing Great Valley Baptist Church Cemetery, Devon, Chester County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by The Ancestor Hunter (contributor 46853198) .