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Slave Records from the Drew-Maget Bible

The Surry County Historical Society received an e-mail on March 19, 2007, from Michelle L. Slabaugh of the Cross County, Arkansas, Historical Sociey. Ms Slabaugh wrote that they

Have a Bible which contains births of slaves starting in 1793. The Bible originally belonged to Priscilla DREW who married Samuel MAGET. The Bible evidently went to their son, John Drew Maget, who moved to Northampton Co., NC, from Surry Co., VA. The family & Bible eventually ended up in Arkansas. Would like to make the information on the slaves available on your website.


Note: see also the Will of William Maget of Surry County with list of slaves. His widow was also named Priscilla. Their connection to the following list of slaves is uncertain.

We have also been sent a Study of the Maget Family by J. John Mitchell.

List of slaves' names provided by Ms Slabaugh.

Mime b. Feb 1793 SOLDVine b. July 1793 SOLDMiles b. Aug 1794Charlotte b. Oct 1794Ben b. May 1796
Phyllis b. July 1796Dorcas b. Jan 15, 1797Claborne b. Dec 27, 1798Clary b. Feb 15, 1800Jacob b. Feb 12, 1801
Jinne b. Apr 21, 1801Derry b. Jun 7 1801Luke b. March 5, 1803 Crecy b. April 15, 1803 SOLDMilli b. Sep 22, 1803
David b. Jan 30, 1804???? b. Aug 26, 1804???? b. September 25, 1805??? b. Feb 1806 Rachel b. April 1806
????? b. Jun 1806Austin A... b. Jun 26, 1807Winnie b. Jan 22, 1808Jeremiah b. Sept 1818Fredrick b. Oct 4, 1819
Theodore b. Dec 31, 1818Lewis b. Oct 1821 (hard to read)Harry b. Dec ____ d. 1811 Jac??? b. Jun 1812Ann b. Oct 25, 1813
Corey?? b. Dec 1815     
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Abstract of Will of William Maget, Surry County, Virginia,
Will Book 1792-1804, pages 722-723, dated 6 January 1804, recorded 26 June 1804.

In the name of God amen I William Maget of Surry county, being of sound mind and memory do make and constitute my last will and testament in the following manner to wit:

1st I give and bequeath to my loving wife Priscilla Maget the land and plantation whereon I now live. Also the following negroes to wit:
Tom, Will, Tenah, Isaac, Io, Jemm, Tempy and her child, Jacob, Abram, Ellick, Isham, and his Smiths tools, Peter, Sharp, Patt, Isabell, Hailey, Edith, Peg and Packlet, together with all the rest and residue of my estate of every description (not hereafter devised) to her and her heirs forever -

2nd I give and bequeath to Bramley Bell (widow of James Bell) late of Southampton county, one negro woman named Nancy and her child and her future increase forever.

3rd I give and bequeath to Nancy Rispess (wife of Christopher Rispess) the sum of sixty pounds current money of Virginia, to her and her heirs forever -

I lastly nominate and appoint my loving wife Priscilla Maget and my friend Robert Hunnicutt Senior, my lawful executors to this my last will and Testament renouncing and revoking all other wills by me heretofore made - In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this sixth day of January [1804].

William  X  Maget

Witnesses: Archd. Davis
Margaret Davis
James Dowden

[Rec. 26 Jun 1804 by Priscilla Maget, exec.]

Note: this is the only Maget will found in Anne Gwaltney's index to Surry County Wills between 1800 and 1852.

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