John Hood was the last slave to be auctioned in Montgomery County. John Hood, was auctioned off to settle the estate of the late Edward Porter. This auction took place in Ashton’s principal “watering place” and was named Thomas Circle. The young “chattel” was bid on by William John Thomas Sr. for his wife, and her sisters Elizabeth, Sarah and Virginia Porter who, as soon as possible, gave him his freedom with several other slaves. These young women earned their own living for years, and were greatly petted by the Abolitionists for their unusual act of justice and humanity. The picture below shows the vicinity of where the Thomas Circle was located.
The search is still on for the exact location of Thomas Circle. Part of this was taken from the Sandy Spring Annals.
Thank you Debby Bond Whelan