Thucydus McCaslin

Display Name: 
Thucydus McCaslin
Sort Name: 
McCaslin, Thucydus
AKA: 
Thucydides
Race: 
Black
Gender: 
Male
Class: 
Enslaved Black
Rank: 
Minor
Vitality: 
Dead
Occupation: 
Transportation
Specific Job: 
Blacksmith
Date of Birth: 
Friday, January 1, 1779 to Friday, December 31, 1779
Origin: 
Carolina
Cause of Death: 
Old Age
Biography: 

The slave Thucydides/Thucydus is identified in the ledger as the son of Roskus and Fibby and husband to Eunice. He was born in North Carolina, and on Carothers McCaslin’s death, he refused the land he was to inherit from his former owner. Instead, Buck McCaslin records that Thucydus wanted “to stay and work it out” (253). Nearly five years later, Thucydus accepted $200 for his labor on his former owner’s plantation, moved to Jefferson, and set up shop as a blacksmith. In what the narrator calls "the final entry" on Thucydus, Buck McCaslin identifies him as "Thucydus McCaslin," using the family's last name (253); this may be meant to suggest that, like other slaves, he was an illegitimate son of Old Carothers McCaslin - though that is speculative.

Individual or Group: 
Individual
Character changes class in this text: 
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