1837 ESTATE SALE INVENTORY - LISTS 28 SLAVES - Large
(7 5/8" x 12 1/2") - 6 page document that's loaded from front to
back with inventory, prices and the purchasers of the inventory. On
the last page it lists the purchasers of the slaves: "James Eubanks -
to three negros Jim, Willey & Mary $1650." and so on. It is
written in period ink and dated April 8, 1837. Condition is good but
several pages have separations at the fold. State not known.
1816 LINCOLN COUNTY, KENTUCKY WILL DIVIDES 15
SLAVES BETWEEN FAMILY MEMBERS - 7 5/8" x 12 1/8" - 4
pages. Last will and testament lists each individual slave by name
and to whom he leaves them to. There is also a large paragraph
dated 1828 attesting that the will was proven and settled.
Document is in good condition but does have separations at folds.
1852 WILL - DIVIDES 28 SLAVES BETWEEN FAMILY
MEMBERS - 7 1/2" X 9 3/4" - 2 pages ( 1 page front & back) With
28 slaves most of this document covers just that. He lists each by
name and to who they are left to. Document is in good condition.
1834 MADISON COUNTY, KENTUCKY WILL DIVIDES
SLAVES 5 WAYS - 7 3/4" X 12 7/8" 2 pages ( 1 page front &
back ) Last will and testament mentions one slave by name
(Matilda) and her fate with the rest of the slaves to be divided by
5 and split among family members. Written in period ink and in
good condition with exception of some paper toning and some
minor paper loss along edges and folds.
1802 LINCOLN COUNTY, KENTUCKY LAST WILL HAS
SOMEWHAT POIGNANT VIEW OF EMANCIPATING HIS
SLAVE - Last Will of Christopher Haner has a sentence that
makes one wonder if Mr. Haner's wife was a bit of a 'pistol' so to
speak or if he had a quilty conscience on slave holding. After
going through all the particulars he makes this statement "It is
my will and desire that my negro man named Nelson be
emancipated after the decease of my wife and myself and him to
be free forever". Good condition but does have some slight
separation at some folds and does have water stains at top and
bottom. Good early slave document.
CIVIL WAR RELICS
CIVIL WAR AND HISTORICAL MEMORABILIA
CONFEDERATE RECEIPT - SLAVE FOR FORTIFICATIONS -
Receipt dated Oct. 1, 1863 on crude CS paper for slave Davy sent
to the army to help with fortifications. Pre-printed & filled in.
Very good condition.
PRE-PRINTED 1858 RICHMOND SLAVE RECEIPT-
Receipt approx. 3" x 7-3/8", dated Richmond June 1, 1858
in amount of $885. for the purchase of one negro slave
named Hester, sold to J.R. Sedgewick. also authorizes the
right and title of said slave and is warranted against the
claims of all persons whatsoever and likewise warrant her
sound and healthy. Signed by the auctioneer. Extremely
good condition. Pre-printed slave receipts are highly sought
PRE-PRINTED SLAVE DOCUMENT - SOUTH CAROLINA
1864 - Approx. 5 5/8" x 8 1/2" South Carolina claim, dated
only 'Columbia, 1864' for the loss of a slave named Allen for
the sum of $1450. compensation to the owner Jesse H. Hart
for the loss of the slave by reason of employment by authorities
of the Confederate Government for the military fortifications
of South Carolina. Very good condition.
1838 HARD TIMES ANTI-SLAVERY TOKEN - Approx. 1 1/16"
dia., made of copper. Coin shows a woman slave in a kneeling
pose with the motto: "Am I Not a Woman & a Sister / 1838".
The opposite side has a wreath with "Liberty / 1838" and
"United States of America". Shows wear on high relief areas.
These coins have been reproduced but are easily spotted due to
the poor quality. This is the real deal.
1863 CIVIL WAR ANTI SLAVERY TOKEN - Approx. the size of
a penny, made of copper. Coin shows a bust view of Liberty with
the motto: "Liberty and No Slavery / 1863". The opposite side
shows a shield, two flags and a Liberty Cap. Shows much wear
BOOK - SLAVERY A CENTURY AGO - by Anthony Benezet and John
Wesley 1858 Philadelphia - 138 pgs. (approx 4" x 6") Deals with the
thoughts on slavery in the 1700's based on the writings of the two authors
based mainly on the trade of Great Britain and the colonies as well as
America itself. Tight binding - some scuffs and scrapes.
1845 TRANSFER OF OWNERSHIP - GARRARD COUNTY,
KENTUCKY - Approx. 4" x 7 3/4" Transfer for a slave boy
named Jacob and worth $300. dated June 13, 1845. Trimmed as
to amount of paper needed for the document. Very good
EARLY 1793 LAST WILL PASSING SLAVE TO HIS WIFE -
Dated June 29, 1793 Approx. 7 1/4" x 12" - 1 page - front and
back. Last will and testament - Lincoln County, Kentucky lists his
individual slave by name Jacob, leaving him to his wife and to be
sold after her death. Document is in good condition.
CDV - CONFEDERATE REV. BENJAMIN MORGAN PALMER - Image of
The Rev. Benjamin M. Palmer who was the 1st Moderator of the
Presbyterian Church in the Confederate States of America in New Orleans,
La., gave a lengthy and heated sermon on November 29, 1860 defending
slavery as an institution. The sermon was widely distributed in the South
and had a huge influence when it came time for Louisiana to vote on
joining the Confederacy. The image has a pencil inscription on the front
"Rev. Dr. Palmer / Kansas Rebel". The Palmer is correct, Kansas not so
much. E & HT Anthony, New York back mark. CDV has light contrast and
top corners are slightly clipped. An important figure in the Louisiana
LEE COUNTY VIRGINIA SLAVE DOCUMENT - 1815 - Approx. 7
1/2" x 12 1/4" Appears to be an assessment on the land and
property for tax purposes for a Stephen Thompson and his 353 acres
land known as 'Little Kentuck'. Mentions 2 slaves, one male and
one female. Very good condition.
WARWICK COUNTY VIRGINIA SLAVE TAX RECEIPT - 1849 -
Approx. 1 1/2" x 4 1/8" Small hand written receipt on taxes for
Martha Harwood of Warwick County, Va. Mentions 9 slaves. Very
WARWICK COUNTY VIRGINIA SLAVE TAX RECEIPT - 1842 -
Approx. 1 1/2" x 4" Small hand written receipt on taxes for Martha
Harwood of Warwick County, Va. Mentions 9 slaves. Very good
CDV - IDENTIFIED PLANTATION VIEW - No Photographer's
back mark. This is an image with subject matter that few have the
opportunity to obtain. They are rarely offered for sale. This is a view
of a Plantation grounds with over 50 slaves (to my count) and what
looks like perhaps 3 soldiers (one slave appears to be wearing a
kepi). There is a very faint ID in period pencil on the reverse which
looks to be either "Bucland (or Bulland) Plantation / 1864". On the
'Additional Images' page I have experimented with contrast
adjustments on the scans to try and draw out better clarity - you may
decide for yourself. There was a well known North Carolina
Plantation known as 'Buckland' but of course without something
better in the image to compare, it is tough to say for certain.
TINTYPE - WHITE & BLACK(?) WOMEN WITH AN
INTERESTING RELATIONSHIP - Crisp tintype of the two
women and a strange note in a somewhat ominous tone, behind
the image in the case. The note is dated August, 1861 and it
looks like the image was taken in 1859. In the best of my
transcribing it reads: "Louisa, When shall we meet again?
Changes must need be in that I fear changes unlooked for, dark
- sorrowful. Whatever, wherever I may be live thou true to thy
womanhood, thy friend and thy God / M Alice G / Aug 1861 /
Hyde Park 1859". Could this be in reference to the beginning of
War, Friendship between races / is slavery implied? Interesting
to say the least! Unfortunately the case is damaged and cover
detached but the note is fine and image near perfect. More
shown in 'Additional Images' link.