Fanny Demint

From Ohio History Central

Fanny Demint was a former slave of Thomas Worthington, who, upon gaining her freedom, followed Worthington to Ohio.

Nothing is known of Demint's life while she was a slave. In 1796, Worthington, a resident of Virginia, freed his slaves, including Demint, in preparation of moving to the area that would soon become Ohio. Many former Worthington slaves accompanied their once master to Chillicothe, Ohio, where Worthington settled. Worthington employed Demint as a cook upon arriving in Chillicothe.

Demint and her husband, Robert Manns, eventually purchased a home in Chillicothe. Demint gave birth to eight children. She supplemented her income by also working as a laundress and a caterer. Numerous government officials in Chillicothe, Ohio's first capitol, hired Demint to cater their parties. Demint was also active in the Quinn Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, the first African Methodist Episcopal Church west of the Allegheny Mountains.

Demint's life illustrates many of the difficulties that African Americans faced in Ohio during the early nineteenth century. While she had her freedom, Demint was limited by her race in the employment and religious opportunities available to her.

See Also


  1. Sears, Alfred Byron. Thomas Worthington: Father of Ohio Statehood. Columbus: The Ohio State University Press, 1958.