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Slaves in Wills & Estate Sales 

Transcribed by Valerie Davis

     
Slaves in Will Book I, 1801-1818
(Complete Listing)

[slaves are in order of appearance]
David Buster 
Will (written 26 Oct 180_, recorded 24 Nov 1806):
  [Children listed, not receiving slaves: David, John & Charley]
  "a little negro gurl" - given to dau Polly; "Over and above my Other Childring"
  Slaves given to wife, Frankey
Inventory & Appraisement, 12 Jan 1807:
  Bobb, man ($450)
  Betty, woman, & 3 children ($700)
Renouncement, 2 Jun 1822
  Bob - to be sold by Co-Executor, James Jones
  Jerry - to be sold by Co-Executor, James Jones
  Betty - to be sold by Co-Executor, James Jones
  Hannah & her infant child - to be sold by Co-Executor, James Jones
  Minnerva - to be sold by Co-Executor, James Jones
  Pamila - to be sold by Co-Executor, James Jones
  Cheyne - to be kept by Widow, Frances Buster
  Mariah - to be kept by Widow, Frances Buster


Stephen Lee 
Will (written 28 Sep 1809, recorded 25 Dec 1809):
  [Sons Listed: Henry, Jubal, Seaton Lee, Daniel Duncan 
      (all listed as sons, no surname for Henry or Jubal)]
  Slaves given to wife [not named], during her lifetime.
  Slaves not to be sold outside of the family; Dick has "liberty to Choose his master"
Inventory & Appraisement, 19 Feb 1810
  Dick, man           $333.34
  Matt, man           $363.34
  Charles, man        $400.00
  Moses, man          $450.00
  George, boy         $130.00
  Hannah, woman       $400.00
  Aggy, woman         $100.00
  Fanny, girl          $80.00
  Lewis, boy          $200.00
  Gabriel, boy        $150.00
[No slaves listed in Sale Bill, 24 Jun 1816, following death of widow]


John Smith 
[no will]
Inventory & Appraisement, 5 Jan [1811?]; record 25 Mar 1811
  Jack, man ($441.66)
  Dave, boy ($200.00)
Account of Sales, recorded 24 Aug 1812
  Jack - purchased by Anderson Nunnaley ($72.00); 
     "Anderson Nunnaley the heir of Jack 72.00"
Dower Allotment, recorded 27 Jun 1814
  Dave, boy ($333.33 1/3) allotted to Violet Smith, widow of John Smith


John Vardiman 
[no will]
Inventory & Appraisement, 15 Oct 1811
  Bob, boy             $250.00
  Jean, girl           $200
[No slaves listed in Sale Bill, recorded 24 Feb 1812]


Elisha Dungans 
[no will]
Inventory & Appraisement, 13 Dec 1811
  David, man           $450
  Jack, man            $300
[Found no Bill of Sale]


Andrew Cowan 
Will (written 14 Mar 1814, recorded 23 May 1814):
  [Children listed, not receiving slaves: James, Isaac, Samuel, & Robert Cowan]
  Suse, girl - given to dau, Polly Cowan
  Nicey, girl - given to dau, Polly Cowan
  Mary, girl - now in possession of John Cowan; given to dau, Elizabeth Cowan
  Pats, girl - now in possession of John Cowan; given to dau, Elizabeth Cowan
  Ceasar, boy - given to son, Matthew Cowan
  Yellow Jim, boy - given to son, Matthew Cowan
  Hardin, boy - given to son, Matthew Cowan
Appraisement, recorded 27 Jun 1814
  Jo, man             $500
  Port, man           $400
  Jude, woman         $300
  Aggat, woman        $300
  Sam, boy            $250
  Daniel, boy         $150
  Suze, girl          $400
  Nicey, girl         $150
  Pats, girl          $250
  Mary, girl          $200
  Ceaser, boy         $300
  Jim, boy            $175
  Hardin, child        $50
[No slaves listed in Sale Bill, 10 Jun 1814]


Stephen Hail, Sr 
Will (written 27 Aug 1810, recorded 27 Feb 1815):
  [Children listed, not receiving slaves: Thomas, Laborn, & John Hail]
  No slaves listed in will - all property to be "equally divided among my children"
Inventory & Appraisement, 7 Mar 1815
  Bob, man            $183.66.2/3
  1 woman, 1 child    $300
  Sene, girl          $300
  Abram, boy          $300
  Patsey, girl        $250
  Easter, girl        $175
 [Found no Bill of Sale]


Jonathan Smith 
Will (written 22 Feb 1815, recorded 26 Jun 1815):
  Jeney, woman + her children; given to wife, Rebecky, & children [not named]
  after the decease of Johnathan's father, Rebecky to have "half the price of" the 
    following slaves:
  Sam
  Anabel
  Milly
  Easter
Inventory & Appraisement, 9 Sep 1815
  Mill, girl                     $350
  Derry, boy                     $330
  Jim, boy                       $240
  Pol, girl                      $250
  Add, boy                       $200
  Hail, girl                     $130
  Jane, woman, & child Pt. [sic] $350
  Catto, boy                     $400
[No slaves listed in sale bill, recorded 15 Jan 1827]


Daniel Adams 
Will (written 15 Feb 1814, recorded 28 Feb 1814):
  [possible children listed in will: Silvester & Ephraim (deceased) Adams - no relationship
     stated]
  Hannah, woman - given to wife, Hannah
  At wife's death, to be sold and money "Equally divided among the Heirs"
Inventory, 9 Mar 1814
  Hannah, woman  ($325)
Sale Bill, 29 Jul 1814
  1 negro woman bought by Drewry Lee for $390.50


William Fain 
Will (written 20 Dec 1815, recorded 26 Feb 1816):
  [Children listed, not receiving slaves: Ebenezer, John, Samuel, & David Fain]
  ["...my 5 Daughters..."]
  Fanny, girl - given to wife [not named]
  Daniel, boy (mulatto) - given to dau, Rosanna Young
  Julia, girl - given to dau, Sally
  Vilott, girl - given to Betsey Gray
  Charlotte, girl - given to dau, Pollyann
  Milley, girl - given to dau, Nancy
[Found neither inventory, nor sale bill]


Isaac Ingram 
Will (written 17 Jun 1816, recorded 26 Aug 1816):
  [Children listed, not receiving slaves: Nancy, William, & Joseph]
  Milly, woman - given to wife, Paty
  Amy, woman - given to wife, Paty
  Lewis, boy - given to wife, Paty
  Anna_ah? [R__ah?], woman ($150) - given to dau, Winnea
  Mariah, girl ($150) - given to dau, Polly [Walden?]
  Harrison, boy ($150) - given to son, Charles
  baby boy [?] ($150) - given to dau, Elizabeth; "one Negro boy ba__ [babe?] named at $150"
Inventory & Appraisement, 21 Sep 1816
  Milley, woman ($350)
  Amy, woman ($375)
  Lewis, boy ($400)
Sale Bill, 18-19 Sep 1838 (Will Bk 3A) [note this sale occurred 22 years after the appraisal]
  Lewis, boy - purchased by G.W. Erwin           $816
  Mary, girl - purchased by Chrisley Tarter      $606
  Anderson, boy - purchased by Chrisley Tarter   $257
  David, boy - purchased by Cyrenius Wait        $610
  Allen, boy - purchased by John Love            $525
  Milly, woman - purchased by G.W. Erwin         $176
  Amy & child - purchased by Charles Ingram      $315
  Harriet, girl - purchased by William Botts     $600
  Patrick, boy - purchased by Charles Ingram     $660


James Eastham 
Will (written 13 Jan 1815, recorded 26 Feb 1816):
  [inheriting children: sons James, John, William, & Edward Eastham; daughters Sally Cox & 
     Nancy Loyd. Others, unnamed, have been purposefully left out.]
  All property to wife, & then to be divided between children at her death
Inventory & Appraisement, recorded 23 Sep 1816
  Jacks, man        $480?
  Rachall, woman    $400
  Andrew, boy       $400
  Lydia, girl       $300
  Reuben, boy       $200
  Abram, boy        $150
  Clara, girl       $100
Sale Bill, 26 Sep 1833 (Will Bk 3) [note this sale occurred 17 years after the appraisement]:
  Jack -  purchased by Cyrenius Wait                     $176.50
  Sam -  purchased by Cyrenius Wait                      $600.37.1/2
  Andy -  purchased by Cyrenius Wait                     $709.25
  Rachel -  purchased by William Owens, Sr                $51
  Reuben -  purchased by John Eastham                    $550
  Henry -  purchased by Joseph McAlister                 $276
  Lydia & child -  purchased by James Eastham, Jr.       $556
  Melinda -  purchased by James Cox                      $470.75
  Pleasant -  purchased by Chrislly Yanders [Sanders?]   $213
  Zarilda -  purchased by Obed Denham                    $360


John Northrip/Nortrip 
[no will]
Inventory & Appraisement, 9 Nov 1816
  John, man ($290)
[Found no Sale Bill]


Robert Adams 
Will (written 7 Sep 1816, recorded 27 Sep 1816):
  [Children listed, not receiving slaves: 
     Alexander, John, James, George, Sally Stroud, Martha Wallis & Jinny Woods]
  Jane & her child to be sold "after my decease"
  Sambo - given to wife, Rebecca. At her death, "shall be appraised and shall have his choice 
     which of my sons he shall serve and the one he makes choice of shall pay the other three 
     one fourth of the [appraisement] money to each at the end of twelve months after he is 
     [appraised]" [part is obscured by tape]
Inventory & Appraisement, 13 Jan 1817
  Sambo, man -  to Widow  $500
  Jane, woman             $380
  Charlotte, girl         $150
Sale Bill, 15 Jan 1817
  Negro Woman & child - bought by Vincent Garner for $589__

Selected post 1818 records

John Hammonds - submitted by Sheila Evans, ElCain@usa.net, Dec 1999
Will (written 5 Jan 1848, proven 21 Feb 1848):
  wife: Margaret
  sons: William C., Morgan, John W., Josiah W., & Thomas Hammonds
  daus: Eliza Ann Hammonds, Elizabeth Osborn, Polly Osborn, Jane Jasper, Margaret Jasper,
        Patsy Combest, Sally Combest & Nancy Combest.
  infant heirs of dau Sally Combest: Sally Jane Combest, John Wilie Combest,
        & Samuel Josiah Combest
[slaves named in Will, given to  wife, & then to receive "freedom" in 1865 under the guardianship 
of son, Josiah W. Hammonds.]
  Lucinda
  Doctor
  Anthony



Thomas Stigall - submitted by Bernard A. Aleem, aleem@swbell.net, Apr 1999  
Inventory & Sale Bill, Nov-Dec 1840
Slaves mentioned in Inventory, dated 19 Nov 1840:
   Harreitt & Two children   $800.00
   One boy Brent             $200.00
   Andrew                    $750.00
   Fredrick                  $630.00
   Charles (Sick Negro)      $200.00
   Old Billy                    $.30
   Mariah                    $500.00
   Jefferson                 $750.00
Sale Bill, dated 2-3 Dec 1840:
   [no slaves mentioned in Sale Bill]
  "Black Peter" bought 1 cow for $10.25



Spencer Hudson - submitted by Bernard A. Aleem, aleem@swbell.net, Apr 1999 
Inventory, dated Apr 1854
  Jackson, Negro man         $1000.00
  Peter, Negro man           $1000.00
  Henry Clay, Negro man named $900.00
  Stephen, Negro boy          $600.00
  Fountain, Negro boy         $400.00
  Percy, Negro boy            $300.00
  Jane, Negro girl            $450.00
  Harriet, Negro girl         $250.00
  Ann, Negro girl             $150.00
  Daniel, Negro boy           $300.00
  Hanah, Negro woman          $150.00
  (?)iney, Negro woman         $75.00
  Mary, Negro woman           $650.00
  Siota, Negro woman          $600.00
  Harriet, Negro woman        $500.00


Seaton Lee 
Will (written 4 Dec 1853, recorded 26 Aug 1859)
  [Children listed not receiving slaves: Stephen Lee, Polly Hay, Preston Mayfield Lee, 
     Elizabeth Lester, Pernetta Dick, Pamelia Lawson]
  Jacob, "my black boy" - to son, John E. Lee
  Fanny, "my negro girl" - to son, Seaton Lee Jr.
     [will was revised 21 Jun 1854, after Seaton Jr's death. Fanny goes to son, John]