of James Douthit, Anderson County, SC
Douthit, James Papers, 1766-1904 (bulk 1806-1904)
Duke University Special Collections Manuscript Division Sect. A
With Kind Permission of Duke University Special Collections
Contributed by Toni Carrier,
Shortly after marriage of daughter Mary H. to Elias Elrod I let her have
negro girl Harriet not as her own but to remain my property. I now give
girl to Mary H.
Gave girl Lucy to daughter Elizabeth A. Kimbrough shortly after marriage
Marmaduke Kimbrough. Same terms.
Did let daughter Susanna Gambrell at time of marriage to Larking
girl Jane, same terms. Jane is dead, but had issue.
I did let daughter Sara R. at time of marriage to John J. Wilkinson have
girl Talitha Cumi, same terms.
I let daughter Maria H. have girl Carline at time of marriage to Henry
L. Gaines, same terms.
After my death balance of my negroes shall be appraised by three dis-interested
chosen by executors. The two oldest ones with their youngest child have
of disposing of themselves to any person in or out of the family that
they may choose
to live with that will take them at their valuation and give approved
secure payment at 12 months credit.
My wife shall keep whichever of the girls she pleases and if she wishes
to do so the
oldest boy Elsly to do for and take care of her.
The rest of my children they may choose to live with that will take them
their valuation. They are human beings and have high claims upon
humanity of those
in whose hands they are and I wish those of them that have fallen into
to have all the privileges of suiting themselves that their situation
and the laws
of the country will justify.
Those my wife chooses shall have the same privilege at her death of
choosing their future homes.
Wife may keep plantation except part given to son Samuel to cultivate.
Son Benjamin. Son John. Samuel. Grandson James D. Elrod. Grandson James
After sale of property divided into 9 equal parts. 1 part to son James
H. Douthit and his
children, and then 1/9 to each of my other children.
If any of my negroes refuse or fail to dispose of themselves as they
have the privilege to do
then they will have to be sold at public sale as my other personal
property shall be.
Executors: Three sons Benj. H. Douthit, John W. Douthit, Samuel D.
Douthit, and my
son-in-law Elias Elrod.
Dated 25 Mar. 1848 (Signed) James Douthit
Wit: Harrison Givens
Orsborn R. Tripp
Proven 24 Jan. 1851