Harriet Tubman was born on March 1st 1822 in Dorchester County, Maryland and her birth year is still unknown or exact. Harriet Tubman was born to parents Harriet Greene Ross (mother) and Ben Ross (father) and Tubman’s real name is Araminta Ross. Growing up Harriet Tubman was told that she was Ashanti lineage (now called Ghana).
Married John Tubman
Around the year 1844 Harriet Tubman married John Tubman who was a free African American. They later split because they did not share similar dreams. She had always dreamed of traveling north where she could be free and where she wouldn’t have to worry about her marriage being split apart because of the slave trade. But Harriet Tubman’s husband did not want her to go north because he was fine where he was and there was no reason for them to go north.
Harriet Tubman Escapes Slavery
On September 17, 1849 Harriet Tubman escaped from slavery with her brothers, Ben and Henry. This was because her owner Edward Brodess had died and his wife decided to sell some of their slaves. However Harriet Tubman’s brothers had second thought and decided to go back to the plantation. This could break their family apart so instead of letting Eliza (the widow) decide her fate she escaped. Two weeks later Eliza posted a runaway notice in the Cambridge Democrat Newspaper.
Became a Conductor on the Uderground Railroad
In September 1850 Harriet Tubman became in official “conductor” on the Underground Railroad. Harriet Tubman had helped many slave escape north and even helped 11 fugitive slave escape to Canada. Because of this she knew all of the routes to free territory and she had to take an oath of silence so the secret of the Underground Railroad would be kept a secret.
First Family That Harriet Tubman Helped
In December 1850 Harriet Tubman helped guide a family in their journey to freedom by using her connections with the Underground Railroad. The family that she helped included her niece Kessiah, her husband John Bowley, and their two children were freed from slavery. They were the first people that Harriet Tubman helped escape.
Harriet Tubman Guide Eleven Slaves to Canada
In December 1851 Harriet Tubman guides eleven unidentified slave fugitives to Canada. This is because of the Fugitive Slave Laws that had made the northern United States more dangerous for escaped slaves so many began migrating further north to Canada. The trip to Canada was long and cold but while on their way there they reached the safe house of Fredrick Douglas. He kept them until he had collected enough money to get them to Canada.
Harriet Tubman Sold
In 1859 Senator William H. Seward, who was abolitionist Republican, sold Harriet Tubman to a small piece of land on the Auburn, New York for 1,200. Auburn was an antislavery activism and she found the opportunity.
Married Nelson Davis
On March 18 1869, Harriet Tubman married Nelson Davis, a veteran. Together they shared a calm, peaceful 19 year marriage until he died. The rest of her life Harriet Tubman struggled financially and was denied her own military pension. After her husband died she eventually received a widow’s pension as the wife of Nelson Davis and later a Civil War nurse’s pension.
Awarded With a $20 Dollar Pension
On December 1889 Congress awarded Harriet Tubman a pension of twenty dollars. She was not awarded for helping out slaves but for being Nelson Davis’s Wife.
Harriet Tubman Dies
On March 10, 1913 Harriet Tubman dies. She had died from pneumonia and before she died she gave her home away for the elderly to the Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. Harriet Tubman said “I go to prepare a place for you.” To the people that were in the room with her.