MY CHILDHOOD AND FIRST TROUBLES.
My name is John Brown. How I came to take
it, I will explain in due time. When in Slavery,
I was called Fed. Why I was so named, I
cannot tell. I never knew myself by any other
name, nor always by that; for it is common for
slaves to answer to any name, as it may suit the
humour of the master. I do not know how old
I am, but think I may be any age between thirty-
five and forty. I fancy I must be about thirty-
seven or eight; as nearly as I can guess. I was
raised on Betty Moore's estate, in Southampton
County, Virginia, about three miles from Jeru¬
salem Court house and the little Nottoway river.
Mv mother belonged to Betty Moore. Her name
was Nancv; but she was called Nanny. My
fathers name was Joe. He was owned by a
planter named Benford, who lived at Northamp¬
ton in the same State. I believe inv father ai.d
his tainilv wire bred on Bcnford's plantation.
His father hud been stolen tiom Africa. He \\a«.