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Collection: Enslaved People
"40 Dollars Reward"
Bob and Luke, escaped from the plantation of James Hood
This is a newspaper advertisement announcing that two men had escaped from James Hood's plantation, two miles west of Florence. Bob is described as 5 feet 3 or 4 inches in height, "remarkably stout made, thick short neck, and speaks rough, between 23…
Two runaways committed to Franklin County jail
This is a newspaper notice that two men, Peter, 22, and Anderson Conner, 20, had been committed to the Franklin County jail. Both were alleged to have been owned by Rufus K. Flax of Attalla County, MS.
Administrator's sale on enslaved people
This is a notice for an administrator's sale of a man named Phil, about 40 years old, and Lucinda, about 45 years old.
Trust Sale of people by Branham Merrill and John Sevier
This is a newspaper advertisement about a trust sale of property belonging to Branham Merrill and John Sevier, including:
Rosana, 32 and her three children: William, Caroline, Albert;
Spicey, 37 and her child
Trust sale of enslaved people by the Tuscumbia, Courtland, and Decatur Railroad
This is a newspaper advertisement for a public sale of enslaved people by the trustees for the Tuscumbia, Courtland, and Decatur Railroad. Included in the sale were:
Sam, about 46;
Joe, about 30;
Jack, about 30.
Fifty Dollar Reward for Burrel
This is a newspaper announcement offering a reward for the capture of Burrel, a man about 21 or 22, described as 6'3" of 6'4" and 180 to 200lbs, and said to have been raised near Tuscumbia, AL. He escaped from near Bethel in Wilcox County, AL.
Trust Sale of property belonging to Henry Williams of Tuscumbia
This is a newspaper advertisement for the public sale of property that belonged to Henry Williams of Tuscumbia, including enslaved people:
Patience, 42 and her three children William, 10, John, 9, and Matilda, 2.
Trust Sale of three people that formerly belonged to Thomas S. Hereford
This is a newspaper advertisement for the sale of three people by Thomas Hereford:
Jane, about 50;
David, about 50;
George, about 23.
Trust Sale of property belonging to Robert A. Goodloe
This is a newspaper advertisement for a trust sale in which people belonging to Robert A. Goodloe were to be auctioned off at Barton's corner in Tuscumbia. The people included:
Jacob, about 40; Jacob's wife Susan, 35; their four children Eliza 11,…
George Ragland: notice to hire twenty enslaved bricklayers
This is a newspaper ad seeking "twenty negro men" to work as bricklayers for George Ragland in Memphis, TN.