Frederick Douglass was born as a slave at Holme Hill Farm in Talbot County, Maryland in 1818. The full name he was give was Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey. His mother was Harriet Bailey. SHe was a field slave and was separated from him from the beggining of his life. He only saw his month briefly four or five times and only for a few hours at a time. At the time of his birth, his mother had been sold to a man who lived twelve miles away from where Frederick lived. He was unable to see her regularly because the walk would take an entire day. She died when Douglass was around seven years old. Frederick was never certain who his father was although he knew he was white. He was under the impression that his father was his master Aaron Anthony.
In 1838, he married Anna Murray who was a free slave and had met her while working in the Baltimore shipyards as a caulker. In 1839, Frederick's daughter Rosetta was born and had another child, a son, born in 1840. He also had two more sons born in 1842 and 1844.