Jane was an enslaved worker who worked inside the house at Tuckahoe during the Allen period. She is thought to have been born sometime between 1844-1846. Her mother, Lucy, worked inside the house as well while her father, Joe, worked in the fields. Jane had at least one sibling, a sister named Rachel, who was born in May 1858. As both she and her mother worked inside the house it is quite possible that the family lived in one of the cabins which still stands along Plantation Street.
By the 1870 census, Jane’s parents and her sister are listed as living in Monroe Ward on the corner of 1st and Main Street. Jane is not listed as living with them and it is unknown where she would have been at this time. In 1872, her mother and sister are listed in the records of the Freedman’s Bank. Under “children”, only Rachel is listed. It is possible that Jane would have passed away by this point.