1799Nancy Gardner Prince (1799-1859)People and Communities, African American History, Women's History

Nancy Gardner Prince’s grandfather, Tobias Wornton (known as Bacchus) was “stolen from Africa” and enslaved by Captain Winthrop Sargent. According to Prince’s autobiography, Wornton gained his freedom by fighting in the Revolutionary War. His daughter, Nancy’s mother, married Thomas Gardner, a Black Nantucket whaler, who died before Nancy was born. Her mother returned to Gloucester after the death of her husband and remarried. Nancy Gardner Prince worked as a domestic to support her family before moving to Boston, and later, marrying her husband, Nero Prince, who had a position as the doorman of a Russian Czar. Nancy lived in Russia and later, after her husband’s death, took missionary trips to Jamaica to assist the recently freed Black people. Back in Boston, she opened an orphanage and worked as a seamstress. She lectured about her travels and was active in the abolitionist and women’s rights movements. Prince wrote an autobiography of her remarkable life and travels, which was published in 1850.

Prince, Nancy. A Narrative of the Life and Travels of Mrs. Nancy Prince. Prince, 1850, https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015035308967&seq=2
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