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Collection: Enslaved People
"Valuable Land and Negroes for Sale"
This is a newspaper advertisement for the sale of property, including about 35 enslaved people.
"Forty Dollar Reward" for James and Isham, escaped from the Patrick Andrews plantation
This is a newspaper advertisement announcing that two men, named James and Isham, had escaped from the Patrick Andrews plantation near Florence. James was described as 22 years old, 5'10", "spare made, and walks very straight, yellowish complexion,…
Bill and Betsey, committed to Marion County jail
This is a newspaper advertisement announcing the capture of Bill (about 35 years old with a "yellow" complexion) and Betsey (about 48 years old with a "red" complexion). Bill and Betsey allegedly belonged to Mr. Step of Lexington, KY but had escaped…
John and Hannah, committed to Marion County jail
This is a newspaper announcement for the capture of John (45) and Hannah (38) who allegedly ran away from William Morrison living in the Western District of Tennessee.
Washington, a runaway.
(1) This is a newspaper notice announcing that a 21 year old man named Washington has been committed to the Marion County jail. Washington "stuttered badly" and was allegedly owned by a Mr. Lovoda near New Orleans.
Valuable property for sale at Cook's Creek, 9 miles south of Tuscumbia, including "5 LIKELY NEGROES"
This is a newspaper advertisement for the sale of three valuable mills and other property, including 5 enslaved people--"a family consisting of man, woman, and three children."
$50 reward for Jerre
This is a newspaper advertisement offering a reward for Jerre, who left a plantation owned by Richard Barry in Monroe County, MS. Jerre is described as between 25 and 30 years old, with a dark complexion, about 5' 6", "quite slow spoken, a scar on…
Benham vs Harris: A Debt paid in Enslaved People
This is a newspaper notice for a circuit court charge levied by Vincent M. Benham on James B. Harris over $400, which was levied on the estate of Harris on the following enslaved people: Grace, about 45 years old; Beckey, about 21 years old; Julia,…
Sheriff's sale of Rose, a "negro woman"
This is a newspaper notice for the sale of a woman named Rose, owned by Harper Boothe, to satisfy a debt Boothe had to Pollock and Brothers.
Sherrif's sale of Peter, Nancy, and Emma
This is a newspaper advertisement for a sale of Peter, 45, Nancy, his wife about 30, and Emma about 14. The sale was to take place at McRae's Corner in Tuscumbia to satisfy an "execution in favor of the Decatur Bank vs. W.H. Reese and others."