During this period, David George (who later helped bring the Baptist
faith to Nova Scotia) was growing up as a slave in Virginia. He described that time as follows:
"I was born in Virginia, about 50 miles from Williamsburg, of
parents brought from Africa .... The first work I did was fetching
water, and carding; afterwards I was sent into the field to work
about the Indian corn and tobacco, till I was about 19 years old.
My father's name was John and my mother's Judith. I had four brothers,
and four sisters, who, with myself were all born in slavery: our
master's name was Chapel - a very bad man to the Negroes.
My oldest sister was called Patty; I have seen her several times
so whipped that her back has been all corruption, as though it would
rot .... I also have been whipped many a time on my naked skin,
and sometimes till the blood has run down over my waistband; but
the greatest grief I then had was to see them whip my mother, and
to hear her, on her knees, begging for mercy".