Estate Inventories of Free African Americans in Charleston, SC
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Estate Inventories of Free African Americans
The new, free Footnote.com collection South Carolina Estate Inventories and Bills of Sale, 1732-1872 contains estate inventories for many free African Americans in Charleston, SC.
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Estate Inventories of Free African Americans in Charleston, SC
John Nelson, Free African American, Purchases His Daughter Josephine from John S. Ryan
1 Jan 1863 | Charleston, SC
On January 1, 1863, free African American John Nelson purchased his daughter Josephine from John S. Ryan. Josephine was the daughter of John Nelson and Charlotte, a slave of John S. Ryan.
Free African American Property Holders in Charleston
"Inventory of the Goods Chattels and Estate of Dianna Buchanan a free person of Color including her entire Estate Real & personal The Testator left no personal Estate only two small houses and two lots situate on West side of Anson Street between Calhoun & George Street. Filed 26 June 1863 James Bright"
"Peggy Cheever F.P.C.: Inventory of the Entire Estate belonging to Peggy Cheever a Free person of Color - A Small Lot on the North side of Morris St 30 by 80 ft with the Buildings thereon - the Testator left no personal estate known at this time to the Executor or at the time of her death, he being in the Island of Cuba at that time nor has he since heard or been informed of any personal Estate or anything else - William H. Webb. Filed 7 April 1864"
"Inventory of the Goods and Chattels rights & credits belonging to the estate of Catharine Cleveland a free person of colour so far as known to John Cleveland Qualified Executor a free person of Colour
Twenty Shares (subdivided) in the capital stock of the State Bank of Charleston being a subdivision under a rule of said Bank of the five old shares formerly held in Testator's name and purchased on Feb 8, 1836 of [illegible] par value each share 25
A tract of land in St. Johns Berkley [sic] containing about [blank] acres
Additional assets belonging to the estate of Catharine Cleveland under the following certificate of Bank Stock which said executor claims to be his own property being purchased with his own funds and the certificate taken in the name of John Cleveland atty Catharine Cleveland (viz) Six Shares in the capital stock of the State Bank held in the name of John Cleveland Atty of Catharine Cleveland par value each share 25 Total value 150.00"
"Inventory and appraisement of the Goods & Chattels, Rights & Credits of Charles Legare (a free person of color) as shewn to us undersigned appraisers by George L. Buist qualified Executor ... A House & Lot of land in Desportes Court ... Two lots of land in Calhoun Street."
"I Robert Telfer having been the guardian of Jane Motta a free person of Color for several years previous to her death and now being appointed Administrator of her estate, and having a full Knowledge of her affairs, do certify that all the propety She died possessed of is a lot of land on the north side of Boundary Street in the city of Charleston in Wraggborough measuring in front on Boundary Street 50 feet more or less and in front on Henrietta Street 50 fifty feet more or less and in depth from Boundary to Henrietta Street 250 two hundred & fifty feet more or less, butting and bounding to the north on Henrietta Street to the East on lands of Richard Shea, to the South on Boundary Street and to the West on lands belonging to [blank] on Said lot is a Small old Wooden House.
Charleston 5 November 1829 Robert Telfer"
"Inventory of the Estate of John Joseph Roddy deceased Depd. 12 Septr 1844 An account of the Valuation made by Messrs. John Shackety John Blake and Joseph Feehan of the personal property left by Joseph Roddy a black man deceased 3 Sheds, or houses, built on leased land comes to, Say Houses valued to $170 Furniture bed and beddings $10 One Watch $10 John Shacte, John Blake, Joseph Feehan Appraisers"
"A True Schedule of the Assetts [sic] belonging to Captain Williamson late of Charleston a free man of color Farmer deceased made this 22nd day of September 1854
Cash Balance in State Bank $51.00
12 Shares in Charleston Bank Stock
43 Shares in State Bank Stock
12 do [ditto] in Gas Company
1 Rail Road Bank (SW) $600.00
1 do [ditto] do Bank do (SW) Company $500.00
5 percent State Stock (Scrip) $263.16
A Small House and in Smith Near Calhoun Street no other property can be confirmed
The old furniture in his house was given to his Wife some time ten or twelve years ago when he made a Seperate [sic] establishment for her in Town
Filed 2 Oct 1854 Jos F. OHear Exor"
"Public Auction Sale of House and Lot Smith Street on account of J.F. O'Hear Executor Capt Williamson (Will [sic] By T. Lesesne (Free coloured) All that Lot with the house & outbuildings thereon Situate on East side of Smith Street $1000. Charges: To Commissions 2 1/2 per cent $25, Advertisement $19.74, Criers Fee $1.50, Nett proceeds $953.76. Capers & Heyward Agents Filed 15 July 1856"
Free African American Slaveholders
"Robert H. Collins Private Sales by order of R.W. Holloway 1856 Oct 10 by F. Nipson Peggy & Charles $1500 Work House $2.63 Com 2 1/2 pr $37.50 Charleston Oct 1856 $1459.87 T.M. Hume File 11 May 1858"
"Inventory and appraisement of the personal Estate of Rebecca Jackson (a free person of colour) late of Charleston Neck deceased, made by us whose names are hereunto Subscribed this Sixteenth day of February 1841 - Depd 31st March 1841: Rose and her daughter Sarah $900, Molly $500, Martha $500, Thomas Sttedman, Robt Macbeth, Saml. V. Yeadon"
"Inventory and Appraisement of the Estate and Effects of Joseph Morton a free Black Man, deceased shewn to us by Thomas Tunno & Martha Morton Executor and Executrix to said Joseph Morton - One Negro Man named James, a Dray driver $500 - One Negro Man Named Jack ditto $300 - One Negro Lad named Sam a Taylor $500 - four Drays and four Dray Horses & Gears $200 - Household furniture $150 - Book Debts about One Book of Accounts page 1 to 203 - appears nothing due. Charleston 16 April 1810"
"A Just and true Inventory & Appraisement of all & Singular the Goods & Chattels Rights & Credits of Molly Neyle late of Charleston deceased (a Cold. Woman) shown to us by the Executor this day 14 Oct 1831 Amy & her Daughter Nancy (Life Estate) $600 4 Tables (pine) 2 wooden chests, a press, 7 old chairs, a pair dogs, 4 Iron Pots, 1 Piggin Crockery & Glass $5 Jos. L. Stevens, Thos Lehre Junr., Cs Bouchonneau Bill of Sale Recorded in Sale Book 5 W page 352 Secry States Office"
"Inventory & Appraisement of the personal Estate of the late Jack Robinson a free person of colour deceased shewn by Frederick A. Ford Esqr. Administrator: Charlotte valued at $450 Mary about 6 years old valued at $200 Aaron a child of 13 months $100 making a total valuation of seven hundred & fifty dollars $750 June 12 1851 Wm H. Dawson, Henry D. Walker, Joseph Whilden, Harris Simons Filed 13 June 1851"
"Inventory and Appraisement of the Goods and Chattels of the Estate of Phillis Wells free Woman of Colour, late of Charleston deceased, as exhibited to us by the Administrt. Phoebe a blind Woman and her Son Bob $125 Peggy, an African $300 Sundry old Articles a Chest, bedstead & some bunches & Bedding $10 5 Chairs & a pine Table $4 1 Looking Glass $1 a few articles of Kitchen furniture $8 Nath. Russell, George Cramer, Thomas Crafte"
Disputes Concerning Estates of Deceased Free African Americans
"Inventory of the Estate of Joseph Lacomb (a coloured man) Isaac N. Cardozo the Executor of the Estate of Joseph Lacomb (a coloured man) states that there is no personal property belonging to the said Estate, and that the reason of his Administration is to recover two children of the said Joseph Lacomb from Alexr. Galliott who lent the purchase money to said Lacomb but now refuses to liberate said children, pleading the Statute of Limitations. Depd. 15 Febry 1842 Isaac Cardozo."
"Inventory & appraisement of the personal Estate of Bella Martin a free person of colour deceased shewn by Fred. A. Ford Esqr. Admin de bonis non. The Estate of Bella Martin to the best of my knowledge and belief consists merely of a claim for three negroes a fellow named Ben now in possession of a Mrs. Johnson and a wench named Eliza & her child (an infant) named James in possession of a Mr. Hisch for which negroes suit will be brought if deemed advisable on further examination of the claim..."
Free African Americans in Charleston: Resources for Research
To learn about Free African Americans in Charleston:
Read "Charleston's African-American Heritage: African Americans in 19th-century Charleston" by Bernard E. Powers, Jr., College of Charleston
Read "Exploring Charleston's Free Persons of Color" from SCIWAY.com
Read about Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church, the oldest A.M.E. church in the South, founded by free African Americans under the leadership of Reverend Morris Brown.
Visit the website Free African Americans of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland and Delaware by Paul Heinegg to view detailed genealogies of free African American families of the 17th through 19th centuries.
Search Black Charlestonians: A Social History, 1822-1885 by Bernard E. Powers, Jr. at Google Books
Search Black Slaveowners: Free Black Masters in Charleston, 1790-1860 by Larry Koger at Google Books
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