Slave Name Roll Project: Bills of Sale and Memorandum of Agreement for Jacob

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. During October, Family History Month, I’m working through a large chancery file pulling as much information out of it as possible and posting weekly in hopes of helping the descendants of the slaves mentioned.

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). This is a continuation of information found on these slaves including the Bills of Sale found for the original 7 slaves, Delph, Ben, Sukey, Tom, Jacob, Peggy, and Aime.

Bills of Sale for Jacob

The Bill of Sale for Jacob, a slave sold by Mary Smith and her son Gideon to Samuel Saunders, was found in the Chancery Records Administrator of Mary Smith vs Samuel Saunders, Franklin County, Virginia, index number 1851-022.

These are screenshots of the Bill of Sale ($200) labelled as exhibit “EE”, Memorandum of Agreement labelled as exhibit “HH” and Bill of Sale ($450) labelled as exhibit “FF” by Samuel Saunders the respondent in the case.

12 May 1815

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Cover of Bill of Sale for Jacob (Exhibit EE) found in Chancery Records for Admr of Mary Smith vs Samuel Saunders, Franklin County, Virginia, index number 1851-022; online http://www.lva.virginia.gov/chancery/case_detail.asp?CFN=067-1851-022 (image 50 of 127) : accessed 12 October 2015

Mary Smith
Bill of Sale
Jacob
“EE”

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Bill of Sale for Jacob (Exhibit EE) found in Chancery Records for Admr of Mary Smith vs Samuel Saunders, Franklin County, Virginia, index number 1851-022; online http://www.lva.virginia.gov/chancery/case_detail.asp?CFN=067-1851-022 (image 49 of 127) : accessed 12 October 2015

Know All Men By these Presents
that I Mary Smith of the County of
Franklin for and in the consideration
of the Sum of Two hundred Dollars
Current money of Virginia to me in
hand paid by Saml Saunders of the
said County have Bargained & Sold and
By these Presents Presents Doth Bargain Sell
Deliver & Confirm unto the said Saml
Saunders one Negroe Boy Slave
named Jacob which I the Said Mary
Smith Do Warrant & Defend unto the
Said Saml Saunders his heirs Executors
Administrators &  and to the only
use & behoof of the said Saml
Saunders and I the said Mary
Smith Do Warrant & forever Defend
the title of the Said Negroe from
me my Heirs Executors Administrators
and assigns firmly by these Presents
as witness my hand & Seal this
12 Day May 1815
                                       her
Teste                       May + Smith (Seal)
Francis Hale                  mark       
Thomas Keys                  his
Braxton James     Gideon X Smith
                                      mark

13 May 1815

billofsalejacobhhcover
Cover of Memorandum of Agrement for Jacob (Exhibit HH) found in Chancery Records for Admr of Mary Smith vs Samuel Saunders, Franklin County, Virginia, index number 1851-022; online http://www.lva.virginia.gov/chancery/case_detail.asp?CFN=067-1851-022 (image 54 of 127) : accessed 12 October 2015

Mary Smith
Agmt (Agreement)
Saunders
“HH”

billofsalejacobhh
Memorandum of Agrement for Jacob (Exhibit HH) found in Chancery Records for Admr of Mary Smith vs Samuel Saunders, Franklin County, Virginia, index number 1851-022; online http://www.lva.virginia.gov/chancery/case_detail.asp?CFN=067-1851-022 (image 53 of 127) : accessed 12 October 2015

Memorandum of agreement made and
Entered into this Day Between Mary Smith
of the County of Franklin of the one part
& Saml Saunders of the Said County of the
other Witnesseth that the Said Mary
Smith have Bargained & Sold unto
the Said Saml Saunders one Negroe Boy
Slave named Jacob for the Sum of
Two hundred Dollars which the Said
Saml Sunders Doth agree to Pay
to the Said Mary Smith at the Experation
of three years and the Said Mary
Smith to Keep Possession of the Said
Negroe Till that TIme and In case
the Said Mary Smith Should Decease
Before that Time the Said Saml Saunders
is to have Possession of the Said Negroe
and Pay the Said Sum to Gideon Smith
for the Time Performance of which
We Bind Our Selves and Executors Administrators
firmly By these Presents as Withness
our hand & Seals this 13 Day May
1815.                                      her
Thomas Keys             Mary + Smith (Seal)
Francis Hale                      mark
                                  Saml Saunders (Seal)

10 August 1815

billofsalejacobffcover
Cover of Bill of Sale for Jacob (Exhibit FF) found in Chancery Records for Admr of Mary Smith vs Samuel Saunders, Franklin County, Virginia, index number 1851-022; online http://www.lva.virginia.gov/chancery/case_detail.asp?CFN=067-1851-022 (image 56 of 127) : accessed 12 October 2015

Gideon & Mary Smith
Bill of Sale
Jacob
“FF”

billofsalejacobff
Bill of Sale for Jacob (Exhibit FF) found in Chancery Records for Admr of Mary Smith vs Samuel Saunders, Franklin County, Virginia, index number 1851-022; online http://www.lva.virginia.gov/chancery/case_detail.asp?CFN=067-1851-022 (image 55 of 127) : accessed 12 October 2015

Know all men by these Presents that we
Mary Smith & Gideon Smith of the County
of Franklin for and in the consideration
of the Sum of four hundred & fifty
Dollars Current Money of Virginia
to me in hand paid by Saml Sunders of
the County of Franklin at and Before the
Sealing and Delivery of these Presents the
Receipt whereof we Do hereby acknowledge
have Bargained Sold Granted & Confirmed to the
Said Saml Saunders one Negro Boy named
Jacob To have & to hold the said Negroe
to the only use and behoof of the Said Saml
Saunders his Executors Administrators and Assigns
for ever and I the Said Mary Smith & Gideon
Smith for our Selves our heirs Executors Admistrators
the Said Negroes(sic) to the Said Saml Saunders his
heirs Executors Against me the Said Mary
Smith & Gideon Smith and heirs Executors Adminstrators
and against all & every Person or Persons
whatever will warrant forever Deferred
By these Presents as witness our hands
& Seals this 10 Day August 1815
Teste                                     her
E. Lewis                      Mary + Smith (Seal)
         his                              mark
John + Griffith                     his
       mark                   Gideon + Smith (Seal)
                                             mark

[Transcribed 27 October 2015 from the image found in the chancery records.]

Note: Gideon Smith was the son of Mary (Hairston) Smith.

Posts related to the Mary Smith vs Samuel Saunders Chancery Records:

Slave Name Roll Project: RELEASING Will, Cintha, Delph, Cate, Darkis, Roas, Alesey, Chloe, Charlote, Feby, Jude, Peggy, Rick, Cuffey, Thomas, Sal, Easter, Jude, Lucy and Anthony

Slave Name Roll Project: RELEASING Delph, Ben, Sukey, Tom, Jacob, Peggy, Aime and the children

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Slave Name Roll Project: Bill of Sale for Tom

Slave Name Roll Project: Bills of Sale and Memorandum of Agreement for Jacob

Slave Name Roll Project: Bills of Sale for Peggy and Aime

Slave Name Roll Project: A Conclusion Concerning Delph’s Relationship in the Family

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© 2015 Cathy Meder-Dempsey

Slave Name Roll Project: RELEASING Delph, Ben, Sukey, Tom, Jacob, Peggy, Aime and the children

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. Today I’m RELEASING 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).

While searching the Chancery Records of Virginia for records naming my ancestors I found this very large bundle with a bill of complaint by Joseph Peters, Admr of Mary Smith vs Samuel Saunders. Joseph Peters was the brother of my 3rd great-grandfather Jordan N. Peters and the son-in-law of Gideon Smith who in turn was the son of Mary (Hairston) Smith.

I only scratched the surface of this case with the transcription of the Last Will and Testament of Mary (Hairston) Smith’s father Robert Hairston who died in 1791 in Franklin County, Virginia in my last post. The slave woman named Delph given to Mary in the will had two children and they in turn had more offspring. The Chancery Records I found have 127 images which include Bills of Sale, many passages with names and ages, and this paragraph which includes the names and ages of the originally purchased slaves as well as their increase.

This is an abstract from the answer of Samuel Saunders to the bill of complaint exhibited against him by Joseph Peters, Administrator of Mary Smith deceased in the Circuit Superior Court of Law and Chancery for the County of Franklin.

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Abstract from the respondent Samuel Saunders, dated the 9th day of November 1849, online http://www.lva.virginia.gov/chancery/case_detail.asp?CFN=067-1851-022 (image 12 of 127)

Delph decd about 7 years ago at an advanced age without having any more children after she came into respondents possession, Sukey decd about 10 years ago leaving an only child a boy now about 22 years of age, so that the negroes purchased originally and now in respondent’s possession are Jacob about 50, Ben about 48, Tom about 40, Peggy about 51 and Aime about 39 – and of the increase of the women them are in respondent’s possession, Sandy about 22 a son of Sukey, Britton about 33, Reuben about 32, Betsey about 30, Pleasant about 28, Benjamin about 26, Cynthia about 23, Calvin about 20, Sarah about 18, Susan about 16, Adeline about 14, John about 12, William about 10, Mary about 8, Alice about 5, and Jacob about 2, children of Peggy, Ellender about 12, Giles about 10, Edward about 8, Serena about 6, Lucy about 4, Margaret about 2, and Sam 1, children of Betsy a daughter of Peggy, – an [unnamed] infant child of Cynthia a daughter of Peggy, – Martha about 24 and Charles about 21 children of Aime, – and Green(? Gwen) about 2 a child of Martha a daughter of Aime, – the said Martha had another child which died about a year ago aged 2 or 3 years. Those are all of the said negroes whether them originally purchased or their increase, which are now or ever have been in the possession of respondent.

[Transcribed 5 October 2015 from the image of the chancery records.]

From the information given by the respondent Samuel Saunders (images 7 through 14) in his answer concerning his purchase ca. 34 years previously of the seven slaves I was able to draw up this mind map:

mindmap
A first attempt to use Scapple for mind-mapping.

I plan to transcribe and share abstracts of the Bills of Sale for the 7 slaves and follow-up with information found in the depositions given by witnesses.

Posts related to the Mary Smith vs Samuel Saunders Chancery Records:

Slave Name Roll Project: RELEASING Will, Cintha, Delph, Cate, Darkis, Roas, Alesey, Chloe, Charlote, Feby, Jude, Peggy, Rick, Cuffey, Thomas, Sal, Easter, Jude, Lucy and Anthony

Slave Name Roll Project: RELEASING Delph, Ben, Sukey, Tom, Jacob, Peggy, Aime and the children

Slave Name Roll Project: Bill of Sale for Delph, Benjamin, and Sukey

Slave Name Roll Project: Bill of Sale for Tom

Slave Name Roll Project: Bills of Sale and Memorandum of Agreement for Jacob

Slave Name Roll Project: Bills of Sale for Peggy and Aime

Slave Name Roll Project: A Conclusion Concerning Delph’s Relationship in the Family

True's statement© 2015 Cathy Meder-Dempsey