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Slaves at Almonbury, Cockfield, Harrisons Plantations, Colleton, SC, 1821

St. Bartholomews Parish, Colleton District, SC

The estate inventory of Lucretia Radcliffe, made in Dec 1821, lists the names of 277 slaves on three plantations in St. Bartholomews Parish, Colleton County, SC.

Many of the enslaved in the estate were sold in 1821, 1822 and 1823. Some of the bills of sale reveal the family relationships of those who were sold.

We invite you to contribute images, stories, information and comments to this page.

This document was indexed and made searchable by Sandra J. Taliaferro.

To view the documents, please click on the images attached to this page.

The estate inventory lists 277 slaves at Almonbury, Cockfield and Harrisons plantations of Lucretia Radcliffe. It does not reveal which enslaved families were on which plantations. 

Names and ages of 277 enslaved ancestors listed in the estate were: 

· Castle - 61

· Charlotte - 42

· Dianna - 14

· Molly - 18

· June - 10

· Patey - 8

· Ladson - 5

· Juday - 6

· Mariam - 20

· Bella - 4

· Sam - 2

· Joshua - 22

· Nelly Ford - 40

· Andrew - 14

· Jack - 15

· Luzelle - 13

· Toney - 10

· Prince - 8

· Molly - 6

· Dago - 3

· Phoebe - 49

· Cupid - 19

· Sarah - 16

· Senah - 22

· Daphne - 1

· Ceasar Tub - 35

· Hagar - 30

· Albey al. Polly - 10

· Aaron - 8

· Caesar - al. Sawyer - 4

· Tourony - 34

· Linda - 27

· Joseph - 5

· William - 4

· Lydia - 2

· Betsey - 1

· Tom - 62

· Hannah - 59

· Maria - 20

· Tom - 18

· Jenney - 17

· Rose - 15

· Harry - 12

· Sarah - 28

· Stepney - 63

· Sarah - 28

· Pussey - 4

· Colbert - 3

· Hannah - 1

· Phoebe - 54

· Warren - 25

· Titus - 77

· Betsey - 72

· Paul - 25

· Alick - 30

· Rose - 7

· Binah - 7

· Buice - 5

· Charles - 3

· Will - 2

· Dorcas - 25

· Wallace - 10

· Judy - 7

· Lydia - 22

· Mary - 5

· Bishop - 3

· Jacob - 23

· Abbey - 20

· Cinda - 21

· Jemmy (her Child) - 2

· Syke - 50

· Hector Ford - 42

· Delia - 39

· Dianna - 6

· Judy - 5

· Margaret - 2

· Syke - 1

· Betty - 40

· Betty - 18

· Rachael - 14

· Hannah - 8

· Charles - 8 mos

· Nancy - 21

· Jacob - 6 mo

· Hara - slave

· Margaret - 28

· Hercules - 2

· May - 30

· Quaquo - 34

· Flora - 26

· March - 34

· Ellen - 27

· Isaac - 30

· Molly - 25

· Sue - 7

· Isaac - 2

· Morris - 37

· Lucy - 27

· Sylvia - 26

· Bristol - 46

· Clarissa - 30

· Mingo - 33

· Judy - 37

· Quaminay - 17

· Bosin Gulla - 30

· Carssia - 30

· Affey - 15

· Cain - 23

· Eve - 33

· Romeo - 16

· Partrick - 28

· Hannah - 29

· Charity - 10

· Caesar - 5

· Quotama - 2

· Saby - 54

· Memba - 56

· Jenny - 45

· Little Titus - 30

· Dye - 23

· Rinah - 1

· Grace - 20

· Minna - (her Child 2 weeks)

· John - 9

· Doll - 7

· Bosin Coso - 35

· Celia - 25

· Rose - 29

· Phillis - 1

· Katy - 1

· Quaquo - 7

· Quamina - 45

· Harry - 56

· Willoughby - [no age listed]

· Pompey - 2 mo

· Charles - 47

· Flora - (house servant) 46

· Harriet or Sibba - 14

· Rachael - (Mary Anne's child) 1 day

· Cuffy - 62

· Patience - 42

· Abraham - 19

· Carolina - 17

· London - 5

· Morris - 3

· George - 8

· Rachael - 40

· Nero - 12

· Sarah - 8

· Moses - 4

· Lenah - 2

· Juba - 52

· Bobbet - 38

· Jack - 17

· Nanny - 15

· Toba al. Tabu - 11

· Rinah - 2

· Linda - 34

· Hector - 15

· Fouday - 10

· Cinda - 3

· York - 30

· Eliza - 30

· Beuts - 16

· Stephney - 12

· Elsey - 9

· Kate - 3

· Ben - 2

· Peter - 6 mo.

· Frank - 30

· Katy - 22

· Adam - 1

· Thomas - 28

· July - 8

· Phillis - 27

· Tamar - 10

· Tilla - 6

· Ceasar - 3

· Thomas - 1

· Malborough - 55

· Fortima - 36

· Lilla - 17

· Mary - 3

· Hagar - 1

· Jonas - 31

· Sibba - 28

· Ned - 3

· Dorcas - 10 mo.

· Tobus - 28

· Minda - 34

· Dembo - 10

· March - 8

· Sarah - 6

· Sue - 1

· Adam - 30

· Penda - 28

· Sampson - 4

· Binah - 1

· Fortune - 28

· Patty - 27

· June - 11

· January - 9

· Nelly - 5

· Bob - 1

· Samboy - 30

· Colley - 32

· Carolina - 38

· Will - 45

· Yorick - 60

· Nancy - 28

· Limus - 4

· Casey - 55

· Washington - 2

· Morris - 53

· Tenar - 62

· Ceasar - 47

· Phillis - 46

· Jim - 30

· Tamar - 16

· Betty - 22

· Mary - 30

· July - 20

· Clarissa - 16

· Pompey - 42

· Dido - 39

· Hector - 20

· Elsey - 16

· Patty - 13

· Daphne - 3

· January or Jasary - 5

· Luke - 1

· Abraham - 40

· Venus - 30

· Amey - 9

· Alick - 5

· May - 3

· Sinah - 40

· Bobbet - 18

· Bosin - 12

· Sibba - 10

· Hannah - 5

· Dick - 3

· Sinah - 2 weeks

· Ballard - 50

· Tamar - 40

· Jack - 45

· Rosetta - 17

· Ned - 8

· Joe - 50

· Sylvia - 40

· Amey - 42

· Peggy - 30

· Carolina - 15

· John - 6

· Grog - 4

· Peggy - 1

· Prince - 28

· Binah - 19

· Jemmy - 60

· June - 45

· Binah or Sabinah - 35

· Billy - 51

· Massy - 44

· Rittu - 12

· Frank - 7

· Syphax - 60

· Massy - 45

· Paris - 62

· Lymus - 19

· Paris - 13

· April - 33

· Francis - 75

· Mary - 40

· Dorcas - 7

· Doll - 6

· Quamina - 5

· Renta - 1 

 

15 Slaves in Estate of Elizabeth Piatt, Listed in Inventory of Lucretia Radcliffe

Colleton, SC

15 slaves belonging to the estate of Elizabeth Piatt were listed in the estate inventory of Lucretia Radcliffe. Their names were:

· March - 40

· Mary - 20

· Kate - 4

· David - 1

· Betsey - 23

· Patty - 2

· Luck - 1

· Linda - 17

· Molly - 50

· Lydia - 16

· Mary - 14

· Peggy - 10

· Bristol - 4

· Nancy - 60

· Marcia - 19 

Parker, John Jr. and Benjamin A. Markley, Exors. of Lucretia C. Radcliffe, Sole Exix. of Elizabeth Pyatt to Alexander B. Wilson, Bill of Sale for a Slave Named James

271

A bill of sale for a slave in the estate of Elizabeth Piatt suggests that Lucretia Radcliffe was the Executrix of the estate of Elizabeth Piatt (Pyatt). 

You can view the bill of sale by clicking on the image attached to this story:

Parker, John Jr. and Benjamin A. Markley, Exors. of Lucretia C. Radcliffe, Sole Exix. of Elizabeth Pyeatt to Alexander B. Wilson, Bill of Sale for a Slave Named James

Parker, John Jr. and Benjamin A. Markley, Exors. of Lucretia C. Radcliffe to Thomas S. Grimke, Bill of Sale for 5 Slaves

273

Many of the slaves in Lucretia Radcliffe's estate were sold between 1821 and 1825. Some of the bills of sale for the estate reveal family relationships among those who were sold.

The bill of sale for 5 enslaved ancestors sold to Thomas S. Grimke on 13 July 1821 reveals that they are three generations of a single family.

On that day, Grimke purchased "Peter & his wife Sophy and their two children called John & Nancey and their grandchild named Eliza the daughter of Nancy" from the estate.

Parker, John Jr. and Benjamin A. Markley, Exors. of Lucretia C. Radcliffe to Helena Mary Robinson, Bill of Sale for a Slave Named John, With Deed of Assignment to Robert Boyce

352

To view this document, please click on the image attached to this story.

Parker, John Jr. and Benjamin A. Markley, Exors. of Lucretia Radcliffe to Robert Boyce, Bill of Sale for a Mulatto Slave Named Rachael and Her Children Margaret, Lizzy, Ned and William

363

The bill of sale to Robert Boyce reveals that 5 slaves he purchased were a single family: "Rachael and her children Margaret, Lizzy, Ned and William." The bill of sale also states that Rachael was mulatto.

You can view the document by clicking on the image attached to this story.

 

Parker, John Jr. and Benjamin A. Markley, Exors. of Lucretia C. Radcliffe, Exix. of Elizabeth Pyatt to John Ashe, Bill of Sale for 5 Slaves

47

John Ashe purchased 5 enslaved ancestors from the estate in July of 1821.

They were:

Ned

Patty

Flora

Clarissa

 Peter

Parker, John Jr. and Benjamin A. Markley, Exors. of Lucretia C. Radcliffe, Exix. of Thomas Radcliffe to Alexander B. Wilson, Bill of Sale for 6 Slaves

155

Alexander B. Wilson purchased:

London

Memba

Ben

Hercules

Sibba

Nelly 

 

 

Parker, John Jr. and Benjamin A. Markley, Exors. of Lucretia C. Radcliffe to Alexander B. Wilson, Bill of Sale for 63 Slaves

156

Enslaved ancestors sold to Alexander Wilson on 28 Aug 1822 were:

Hector Ford

Delia

Diana

Juday

Margaret

Syke

Old Syke

Abraham

Venus

Amy

Alick

May

Tub

Caesar

Hagar

Abby

Aaron

Caesar

Frank

Caty

Adam

Paris

Lymus

Paris

Peter

Rachel

Nero

Sarah

Moses

Tenah

Juba

Bobbet

Jack

Nanny

Toba

Rhina

Joe

Tamar

Rosetta

Ned

Sylvia

Ballard

Casy

Patrick

Hannah

Charity

Caesar

Quattima

Tom

Hannah

Young Tom

Jenny

Maria

Rose

Harry

Clarissa

Margaret

Flora

Little Hercules

Syphax

Massy

Bristol

Parker, John Jr. and Benjamin A. Markley, Exors. of Lucretia C. Radcliffe to James Broughton, Bill of Sale for the Slaves Mary, July and Clarissa

341

James Broughton purchased:

Mary

July

Clarissa

Parker, John Jr. and Benjamin A. Markley, Exors. of Lucretia C. Radcliffe, Exix. of Thomas Radcliffe to James Broughton, Bill of Sale for the Slaves Old Judy and Nanny

342A

James Broughton purchased Old Judy and Nanny on 12 May 1823. 

Parker, John Jr. and Benjamin A. Markley, Exors. of Lucretia C. Radcliffe, Exix. of Elizabeth Pyatt to Sophia F. Shepheard, Bill of Sale for 5 Slaves

391

Sophia Shepheard purchased:

Betsey

Liddy or Linda

Patty

Jack

York

Parker, John Jr. and Benjamin A. Markley, Exors. of Lucretia Radcliffe, Exix. of Thomas Radcliffe to Sophia F. Shepheard, Bill of Sale for a Slave Named Quasheba

392

Sophia Shepheard purchased Quasheba in July of 1823. She purchased several others from the estate (see stories on this page).

 

Parker, John Jr. and Benjamin Markley, Exors. of Lucretia C. Radcliffe to Sophia F. Shepheard, Bill of Sale for 50 Slaves

393

Sophia Shepheard purchased 50 enslaved ancestors from the estate in 1823.

They were:

Isaac

Molly

Ellen

Cain

Saby

Sue

Isaac

Old Jacob

York

Shell or Jacob

Tommy

Linda

William

Joseph

Linda

Jimmy

Lydia

Betty

Abby

Cinda

Thomas

Tilla

Phillis

Caesar

July

Tamar

Thomas

Quaco

Flora

March

Morris

Lucy

Alick

Titus

Betty

Binah

Wallace

Bruce

Charles

Judy

Dorcas

William

Lydia

Bishop

Mary

Samby

Titus

Rose

Jack

Quamina

Parker, John Jr. and Benjamin A. Markley, Exors. of Lucretia Radcliffe to John H. Dent, Bill of Sale for 8 Slaves

95

In February of 1824, John H. Dent purchased 8 enslaved ancestors from the estate.

They were:

Bosin

Celia

Phyllis

Rose

Jim

Tamar

Yorick

Betty 

You may click on the image attached to this story to view the bill of sale.

Comparison: Estate Inventory With Bills of Sale

If we compare the estate inventory to the surviving bills of sale, the following possible interpretation emerges:

· Castle - 61

· Charlotte - 42

· Dianna - 14

· Molly - 18

· June - 10

· Patey - 8

· Ladson - 5

· Juday - 6

· Mariam - 20

· Bella - 4

· Sam - 2

· Joshua - 22

· Nelly Ford - 40

· Andrew - 14

· Jack - 15

· Luzelle - 13

· Toney - 10

· Prince - 8

· Molly - 6

· Dago - 3

· Phoebe - 49

· Cupid - 19

· Sarah - 16

· Senah - 22

· Daphne - 1

· Ceasar Tub - 35 [sold to Alxander B. Wilson]

· Hagar - 30 [sold to Alexander B. Wilson]

· Albey al. Polly - 10 [sold to Alexander B. Wilson]

· Aaron - 8 [sold to Alexander B. Wilson]

· Caesar - al. Sawyer - 4 [sold to Alexander B. Wilson]

· Tourony (Tommy?) - 34 [sold to Sophia Shepheard]

· Linda - 27 [sold to Sophia Shepheard]

· Joseph - 5 [sold to Sophia Shepheard]

· William - 4 [sold to Sophia Shepheard]

· Lydia - 2 [sold to Sophia Shepheard]

· Betsey - 1 [sold to Sophia Shepheard]

· Tom - 62 [sold to Alexander B. Wilson]

· Hannah - 59 [sold to Alexander B. Wilson]

· Maria - 20 [sold to Alexander B. Wilson] 

· Tom - 18 [sold to Alexander B. Wilson]

· Jenney - 17 [sold to Alexander B. Wilson]

· Rose - 15 [sold to Alexander B. Wilson]

· Harry - 12 [sold to Alexander B. Wilson]

· Sarah - 28

· Stepney - 63

· Sarah - 28

· Pussey - 4

· Colbert - 3

· Hannah - 1

· Phoebe - 54

· Warren - 25

· Titus - 77 [sold to Sophia Shepheard]

· Betsey - 72 [sold to Sophia Shepheard]

· Paul - 25

· Alick - 30 [sold to Sophia Shepheard]

· Rose - 7 [sold to Sophia Shepheard]

· Binah - 7 [sold to Sophia Shepheard]

· Bruce - 5 [sold to Sophia Shepheard]

· Charles - 3 [sold to Sophia Shepheard]

· Will - 2 [sold to Sophia Shepheard]

· Dorcas - 25 [sold to Sophia Shepheard]

· Wallace - 10 [sold to Sophia Shepheard]

· Judy - 7 [sold to Sophia Shepheard]

· Lydia - 22 [sold to Sophia Shepheard]

· Mary - 5 [sold to Sophia Shepheard]

· Bishop - 3 [sold to Sophia Shepheard]

· Jacob - 23

· Abbey - 20 [sold to Sophia Shepheard]

· Cinda - 21 [sold to Sophia Shepheard]

· Jemmy (her Child) - 2

· Syke - 50 [sold to Alexander B. Wilson]

· Hector Ford - 42 [sold to Alexander B. Wilson]

· Delia - 39 [sold to Alexander B. Wilson]

· Dianna - 6 [sold to Alexander B. Wilson]

· Judy - 5 [sold to Alexander B. Wilson]

· Margaret - 2 [sold to Alexander B. Wilson]

· Syke - 1 [sold to Alexander B. Wilson]

· Betty - 40

· Betty - 18

· Rachael - 14

· Hannah - 8

· Charles - 8 mos

· Nancy - 21

· Jacob - 6 mo

· Hara - slave

· Margaret - 28 [sold to Alexander B. Wilson]

· Hercules - 2 [sold to Alexander B. Wilson]

· May - 30

· Quaquo - 34 [sold to Sophia Shepheard]

· Flora - 26 [sold to Sophia Shepheard]

· March - 34 [sold to Sophia Shepheard]

· Ellen - 27 [sold to Sophia Shepheard]

· Isaac - 30 [sold to Sophia Shepheard]

· Molly - 25 [sold to Sophia Shepheard]

· Sue - 7 [sold to Sophia Shepheard]

· Isaac - 2 [sold to Sophia Shepheard]

· Morris - 37 [sold to Sophia Shepheard]

 · Lucy - 27 [sold to Sophia Shepheard]

· Sylvia - 26

· Bristol - 46 [sold to Alexander B. Wilson]

· Clarissa - 30

· Mingo - 33

· Judy - 37

· Quaminay - 17

· Bosin Gulla - 30

· Carssia - 30

· Affey - 15

· Cain - 23 [sold to Sophia Shepheard]

· Eve - 33

· Romeo - 16

 Partrick - 28 [sold to Alexander B. Wilson]

· Hannah - 29 [sold to Alexander B. Wilson]

· Charity - 10 [sold to Alexander B. Wilson]

· Caesar - 5 [sold to Alexander B. Wilson]

· Quotama - 2 [sold to Alexander B. Wilson]

· Saby - 54 [sold to Sophia Shepheard]

· Memba - 56

· Jenny - 45

· Little Titus - 30

· Dye - 23

· Rinah - 1

· Grace - 20

· Minna - (her Child 2 weeks)

· John - 9

· Doll - 7

· Bosin Coso - 35

· Celia - 25

· Rose - 29

· Phillis - 1

· Katy - 1

· Quaquo - 7

· Quamina - 45

· Harry - 56

· Willoughby - [no age listed]

· Pompey - 2 mo

· Charles - 47

· Flora - (house servant) 46

· Harriet or Sibba - 14

· Rachael - (Mary Anne's child) 1 day

· Cuffy - 62

· Patience - 42

· Abraham - 19

· Carolina - 17

· London - 5

· Morris - 3

· George - 8

· Rachael - 40

· Nero - 12 [sold to Alexander B. Wilson]

· Sarah - 8 [sold to Alexander B. Wilson]

· Moses - 4 [sold to Alexander B. Wilson]

· Lenah - 2 [sold to Alexander B. Wilson]

· Juba - 52 [sold to Alexander B. Wilson]

· Bobbet - 38 [sold to Alexander B. Wilson]

· Jack - 17 [sold to Alexander B. Wilson]

· Nanny - 15 [sold to Alexander B. Wilson]

· Toba al. Tabu - 11 [sold to Alexander B. Wilson]

· Rinah - 2 [sold to Alexander B. Wilson]

· Linda - 34

· Hector - 15

· Fouday - 10

· Cinda - 3

· York - 30

· Eliza - 30

· Beuts - 16

· Stephney - 12

· Elsey - 9

· Kate - 3

· Ben - 2

· Peter - 6 mo.

· Frank - 30 [sold to Alexander B. Wilson]

· Katy - 22 [sold to Alexander B. Wilson]

· Adam - 1 [sold to Alexander B. Wilson]

· Thomas - 28 [sold to Sophia Shepheard]

· July - 8 [sold to Sophia Shepheard]

· Phillis - 27 [sold to Sophia Shepheard]

· Tamar - 10 [sold to Sophia Shepheard]

· Tilla - 6 [sold to Sophia Shepheard]

· Ceasar - 3 [sold to Sophia Shepheard]

· Thomas - 1 [sold to Sophia Shepheard]

· Malborough - 55

· Fortima - 36

· Lilla - 17

· Mary - 3

· Hagar - 1

· Jonas - 31

· Sibba - 28

· Ned - 3

· Dorcas - 10 mo.

· Tobus - 28

· Minda - 34

· Dembo - 10

· March - 8

· Sarah - 6

· Sue - 1

· Adam - 30

· Penda - 28

· Sampson - 4

· Binah - 1

· Fortune - 28

· Patty - 27

· June - 11

· January - 9

· Nelly - 5

· Bob - 1

· Samboy - 30

· Colley - 32

· Carolina - 38

· Will - 45

· Yorick - 60 [sold to John H. Dent]

· Nancy - 28

· Limus - 4

· Casey - 55 [sold to Alexander B. Wilson]

· Washington - 2

· Morris - 53

· Tenar - 62

· Ceasar - 47

· Phillis - 46 [sold to John H. Dent]

· Jim - 30 [sold to John H. Dent]

· Tamar - 16 [sold to John H. Dent]

· Betty - 22 [sold to John H. Dent]

· Mary - 30 [sold to James Broughton]

· July - 20 [sold to James Broughton]

· Clarissa - 16 [sold to James Broughton]

· Pompey - 42

· Dido - 39

· Hector - 20

· Elsey - 16

· Patty - 13

· Daphne - 3

· January or Jasary - 5

· Luke - 1

· Abraham - 40 [sold to Alexander B. Wilson]

· Venus - 30 [sold to Alexander B. Wilson]

· Amey - 9 [sold to Alexander B. Wilson]

· Alick - 5 [sold to Alexander B. Wilson]

· May - 3 [sold to Alexander B. Wilson]

· Sinah - 40

· Bobbet - 18

· Bosin - 12

· Sibba - 10

· Hannah - 5

· Dick - 3

· Sinah - 2 weeks

· Ballard - 50 [sold to Alexander B. Wilson]

· Tamar - 40 [sold to Alexander B. Wilson]

· Jack - 45

· Rosetta - 17 [sold to Alexander B. Wilson]

· Ned - 8 [sold to Alexander B. Wilson]

· Joe - 50 [sold to Alexander B. Wilson]

· Sylvia - 40 [sold to Alexander B. Wilson]

· Amey - 42

· Peggy - 30

· Carolina - 15

· John - 6

· Grog - 4

· Peggy - 1

· Prince - 28

· Binah - 19

· Jemmy - 60

· June - 45

· Binah or Sabinah - 35

· Billy - 51

· Massy - 44

· Rittu - 12

· Frank - 7

· Syphax - 60 [sold to Alexander B. Wilson]

· Massy - 45 [sold to Alexander B. Wilson]

· Paris - 62 [sold to Alexander B. Wilson]

· Lymus - 19 [sold to Alexander B. Wilson]

· Paris - 13 [sold to Alexander B. Wilson]

· April - 33

· Francis - 75

· Mary - 40

· Dorcas - 7

· Doll - 6

· Quamina - 5

· Renta - 1 

 

Wilson, Alexander B. to Lionel H. Kenedy, Trustee for Alexander B. Wilson and Sophia Frances Perry Wilson, Bill of Sale for 69 Slaves

A bill of sale filed 7 Jan 1825 records Alexander B. Wilson's sale of 69 enslaved ancestors to Lionel H. Kenedy. The slaves sold to Kenedy appear to be the same slaves purchased by Alexander B. Wilson from the estate of Lucretia Radcliffe. 

Those sold in 1825 were:

Hector Ford

Delia

Diana

Juday

Margarett

Syke

Old Syke

Abraham

Venus

Amy

Aleck

May

Tub

Caesar

Hagar

Abby

Aaron

Caesar

Frank

Caty

Adam

Paris

Lymus

Paris

Peter

Rachel

Nero

Sarah

Moses

Tenah

Juba

Bobbit

Jack

Nanny

Toba

Rhinah

Joe

Tamar

Rosetta

Ned

Sylvia

Ballard

Casy

Patrick

Hannah

Charity

Caesar

Quattima

Tom

Hannah

Young Tom

Jenny

Maria

Rose

Harry

Clarissa

Margarett

Flora

Little Hercules

Syphax

Massy

Bristol

London

Memba

Ben

Hercules

Sibba

Nelly

The first 63 names on the above list correspond precisely to the list of 63 slaves Alexander B. Wilson purchased from the estate of Lucretia Radcliffe on 8 Aug 1822. The names are listed in precisely the same order.

The last 6 names on the above list correspond exactly to names on a bill of sale dated 8 Aug 1822 (please see story immediately above). In that bill of sale, the same names are listed in the same order:

London

Memba

Ben

Hercules

Sibba

Nelly

This bill of sale also suggests that there were family ties between Sophia F. Shepheard and Alexander B. Wilson, as the sale was conditional:

"... in trust nevertheless to and for the uses and purposes and subject to the same power of revocation and declaration of uses as are limited and expressed in a certain Indenture or marriage Settlement bearing date the sixteenth day of November one thousand eight hundred and sixteen and made between Alexander B. Wilson of the first part Sophia Frances Perry Sheppard and Wm. H. Gibbs of the second part and William Trescot of the third part & duly in the office of the secretary of State in Charleston in Book Marriage Settlements numbered No. 7 page ninety."

The above reference to a specific marriage settlement in 1816 opens windows for further research. The book The Buildings of Charleston: A Guide to the City's Architecture states that Sophia Frances Perry Shepheard, the great-niece of Thomas Radcliffe, married Alexander B. Wilson in 1816 [1]. 

References Cited:

[1] Poston, Jonathan H. 1997 The Buildings of Charleston: A Guide to the City's Architecture. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press.

 

About This Document - Volunteer to Index This Free Collection

This document was digitized as part of a collaborative effort between Footnote, Lowcountry Africana, the South Carolina Department of Archives and History and FamilySearch, to digitize all surviving Charleston, SC Estate Inventories, 1732-1872 and Bills of Sale, 1773-1872, for a FREE Footnote collection.

When the project is complete, the names of more than 30,000 enslaved ancestors will be preserved in this FREE collection, for generations to come.

This remarkable collection contains the name of every slave ever listed in a surviving estate inventory for Charleston, SC from colonial times to Emancipation. Many of the post-Civil War inventories list the names of former slaves as well. You can volunteer to help index this FREE collection, to make the records searchable.

To learn more please CLICK HERE.

This document was indexed and made searchable by Sandra J. Taliaferro.

Pieces of the Puzzle: Bills of Sale Open New Research Windows for Estate Inventories

The new free Footnote collection SC Estate Inventories and Bills of Sale contains estate inventories which span the years 1732-1872. Through your generosity as volunteers, we have been working since July to index the estate inventories.

The inventories are already opening incredible research windows for discovering enslaved and free South Carolina ancestors.

We have now started indexing the bills of sale in the collection, which span the same years as the estate inventories. Even at a first glance, we are amazed at how they mesh with the estate inventories and provide additional information and leads for further research.

From the estate inventory of Lucretia Radcliffe (above), indexed by Sandra J. Taliaferro, we learned the names and ages of 277 enslaved ancestors on three plantations in Colleton County, SC.

The bills of sale for enslaved families sold from the estate reveal many more details about the slaves and slaveholders named in the inventory.

Remarkably, the bill of sale to Thomas Smith Grimke reveals that the enslaved ancestors he purchased in 1821 were three generations of a single family: "Peter & his wife Sophy and their two children called John & Nancey and their grandchild named Eliza the daughter of Nancy."

The estate inventory includes 15 slaves belonging to the estate of Elizabeth Piatt (also rendered Pyatt, Pyeatt). Bills of sale reveal that Lucretia Radcliffe was the Executrix of Piatt's estate. 

We learn from bills of sale that Alexander B. Wilson purchased 69 slaves from the estate in 1822, and subsequently sold 69 slaves to Lionel H. Kenedy in 1825.

The bill of sale to Lionel H. Kenedy also suggests that there were family ties among Lucretia Radcliffe and Sophia Shepheard and Alexander B. Wilson (two of the purchasers from Radcliffe's estate), and includes a specific reference to the book and page number of a marriage settlement filed in 1816, 9 years before Kenedy's purchase. 

The estate inventories and bills of sale in this free Footnote collection are each remarkable in their own right, but together they open important windows for further research. And it is your volunteer efforts that are bringing these incredible records into the historical light.

We at the Restore the Ancestors Project thank you from the bottom of our hearts for what you are accomplishing, and we know the Ancestors must be smiling. 

We wish you a joyous holiday season!

 

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