John Russwurm

1759 - 26th Apr 1815


  1. John Russwurm, "of a wealthy Virginia family, went to Jamaica after completing his education in England." Had a son, John Brown Russwurm, with an enslaved woman in Jamaica in 1799. John Brown Russwurm was sent to Quebec at the age of 8 for his education and then to Bowdoin College in Maine, becoming its first African-American graduate in 1826. John Brown Russman lived with his father and continued as part of the family with his stepmother after his father's death; he was junior editor of The Freedom's Journal 1827-1829, colonial secretary of the American Colonization Society in Liberia 1830-1834 and governor of the Maryland Society 1836-1851.

  2. John Russwurm of Falmouth married Susan Blanchard of Portland, 14/03/1813 in Maine. They had a son, Francis Edward Russwurm, baptised in Maine in 1814.

  3. John Russwurm, "Formerly resident of Port Antonio, Island of Jamaica" "died in Westbrook" 26/04/1815 and was buried in Eastern Cemetery, Portland, Maine, age 56 years.

  4. John Russwurm and Thomas Oakley junior were attornies of Prospect estate in Portland, Jamaica, 1795-1800.


  1. John Brown Russwurm Collection, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine: biographical details see [accessed 14/04/2017].

  2., Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921 [database online]. batch no. C50350-1.

  3. [accessed 14/04/2017].

  4. See estate information for Prospect estate.

Further Information

Susan Blanchard
[illeg.] John Brown Russwurm (1799-1851), [with Susan Blanchard] Francis Edward (1814-)

Associated Estates (1)

The dates listed below have different categories as denoted by the letters in the brackets following each date. Here is a key to explain those letter codes:

  • SD - Association Start Date
  • SY - Association Start Year
  • EA - Earliest Known Association
  • ED - Association End Date
  • EY - Association End Year
  • LA - Latest Known Association
1795 [EA] - 1800 [LA] → Attorney

Addresses (1)

Westbrook, Portland, Maine, USA - United States of America