Following my three part series on the slaves of my 5th grand-father James Sims I’ve made a commitment to write a post on a monthly basis until I’ve RELEASED all of the names of slaves owned by my ancestors.
Last week I RELEASED Delph, Ben, Sukey, Tom, Jacob, Peggy, Aime, and their children Sandy, Britton, Reuben, Betsey, Pleasant, Benjamin, Cynthia, Calvin, Sarah, Susan, Adeline, John, William, Mary, Alice, Jacob, Ellender, Giles, Edward, Serena, Lucy, Margaret, Sam, an [unnamed] infant, Martha, Charles, and Green (or Gwen).
Bill of Sale for Delph, Benjamine (aka Ben), and Sukey
The Bill of Sale for the slave woman named Delph given to Mary Smith by her father Robert Hairston and two of her children Benjamine, also seen as Ben, and Sukey was found in the Chancery Records in a batch of 127 images.
These are screenshots of the Bill of Sale found.
Bill of Sale: Mary Smith to Saunders, 3 negroes. Labeled “CC” by the respondent Samuel Saunders.
Recd [received] this 20th March 1817 of Saml Saunders infull of the within Negroes named in the within Bill Sale.
her X mark Mary Smith
Teste Richard Beckett
Know All Men By these Presents that I Mary
Smith & G. Smith [inserted] of the County of Franklin for and in the
consideration of the Sum of Seven hundred Dollars
to us [me crossed out] in hand paid by Saml Saunders of the
County afersaid at and Before the Sealing and
Delivery of these Presents the Receipt whereof
We do hereby Acknowledge have Bargained Sold
Granted and Confirmed and by these Presents Do
Bargain Sell Grant and Confirm to the said
Saml Saunders a Certain female Negroe Slave
named Delph and her Two Children named
Benjamine & Sukey. To Have and to hold the
Said Negroes and their future Increase to
the only Proper use and Behoof of the Said
Saml Saunders his Executors Administrators and Assigns
for ever and I the Said Mary Smith for my self my
Executors and Administrators the Said Negroes with their
future Increase to the Said Saml Saunders his Executors
Administrators and Assigns against me the Said
Mary Smith & Gideon Smith [inserted] our [written over my] Executors Administrators and Assigns
and against all and Every Other Person and
Persons whatsoever Shall and Will Warrant
and for ever Defend by these Presents in
Witness whereof We have hereunto Set our [my crossed out] hand
and affixed our [my crossed out] Seals this 10 Day of March
in the year 1813
Sealed and Delivered and Mary Smith (signature & seal)
Possession Delivered in the Gideon Smith (signature & seal)
Presents of us.
[Transcribed 11 October 2015 from the image found in the chancery records.]
Note: Gideon Smith was the son of Mary (Hairston) Smith.