Time Line

  • 1830?  Margru born.  The information concerning Margru’s age and, thus, her birth year is conflicting.  The Americans who wrote about the Amistad captives gave wildly differing ages for the children, everything from eight to fourteen.
  • 1839. Margru pawned by her father.  Of her journey to Lomboko, no record exists of that.  However, the statements of the men tend to confirm that the children came from Lomboko as well, just on a different ship from theirs.
  • 1839 spring /early summer.  Margru transported by slave ship to Havana, Cuba.  There is no record of what ship she was on nor if she was with the other children.
  • 1839 late June Margru, Kagne, Teme, and Kali bought by Don Montez.
  • 1839 June 22 Don Montez has a document made indicating that Margru and the other girls are (falsely) Ladinas.
  • 1839 June 28 Margru and others board Amistad for Puerto Principe, Cuba.
  • 1839 July 2 Revolt as described by Cinque and others.
  • 1839 August  Amistad observed along US coast.
  • 1839 August 26 Amistad spotted by the Coast Guard brig Washington near Montuak.  After boarding, the Coast Guard vessel towed the Amistad to New London. After a hearing on board, the captives are taken to the  New Haven jail to await their trial.  Although some writers about the Amistad, indicate that the captives were in New London itself, no primary source I have read suggests that for sure. My impression is that they stayed on the Amistad or another vessel until New Haven.
  • 1839 September, Hartford. First hearing. At some point soon after their arrival in New Haven the girls were moved to the jailer’s (Pendleton) home, which was attached to the jail.
  • 1840 January First trial.
  • 1841 February – March Supreme Court hears appeal. John Quincy Adams is the lawyer for the captives.
  • 1841 March 9 Decision by Supreme Court announced.
  • 1841 March 19th. Girls removed from Pendletons and taken to Farmington, CT.
  • 1841 March – November.  In Farmington, CT.  With the family of  Reverend Noah Porter, minister of the Congregational Church.
  • 1841 May. Tour of Northeast to raise funds for Mende Mission. Margru joined Cinque and several other of the African men for this tour.
  • 1841 November  27 Embarked on Gentleman to Freetown, Sierra Leone.
  • 1842 January Arrival in Freetown.
  • 1842-1846  Margru and the other girls stay with the American missionaries. They spend most of the first year near Freetown (York) while the male Americans go upcountry to find a suitable place to start their mission. The Mende wars make this difficult and eventually they find a willing chief in Bonthe, which is Sherbro not Mende.  They all move there and Kaw Mendi is begun. By this time most of the male former captives have gone off to continue their own lives.  The three girls stay with the missionaries.
  • 1846 Travels back to America with missionary wife Mrs. Raymond.  Margru’s supporters decide she should go to Oberlin to train to be a head teacher for the mission school.
  • 1846 August Arrival in Oberlin. Does preparatory work before being admitted to the College.  Does not receive a degree.
  • 1849 December Returns to Kaw Mendi, Africa.
  • 1852 Marries Edward Henry Green.
  • 1854 April Margru writes to Arthur Tappan that she has heard from her father. (Mentioned by Thompson in The Palm Land, as well.)  Not long after this the record runs dry. Evidently, the Greens went off to start another mission and, after they had left, Mr. Green was accused of improprieties while he was at Kaw Mendi.  After this they are not mentioned again in missionary records nor are there any more letters from Margru to her benefactors (or at least none that we know about).
  • 1858? Death of Sarah Margru Kinson Green according to Oberlin College records.  No other mention of this. However, it seems plausible that she maintained contact with classmates and that her death was communicated to one of them and then to the College.

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