The estate inventory of Mary Motte (1753-1842 ) of Berkeley, SC, taken in 1842, lists the names, family relationships, birth dates and occupations of 84 enslaved ancestors who represent three generations.
Mary Motte was the widow of Isaac Motte (1738-1795 ) and daughter of Alexander Broughton (1720-1764) and Mary Jones (1720-1754).
Estate documents make reference to "Miss Broughton" who left Mary a lifetime estate in a group of slaves. Miss Broughton is likely Miss Charlotte Broughton, Mary Motte's younger sister.
Charlotte Broughton's estate inventory, made at Farm Plantation in 1829, appears to list many of the same slaves in Mary Motte's estate. Some are listed with parents, so the entire document trail here reveals four generations of slaves on Broughton and Motte family plantations.
After Mary's death the slaves reverted to "Mrs. Haig, Mrs. Morris and Mrs. Holmes."
Mrs. Holmes may be Mary's daughter Charlotte Henrietta Motte (1795-1868), who married James Gadsden Holmes (1797-1882). James Gadsden Holmes was one of the Executors of Mary Motte's will.
Several of the slaves in Mary Motte's estate were sold on 28 Feb 1844. Many more were sold on 6 Feb 1845. The record of the sale contains the names of purchasers, and who they purchased.
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 Headstone Inscription, St Philips Episcopal Church Cemtery, Charleston, SC. Photographed by John Schneider, contribute to FindaGrave.com 25 Apr 2009.
 Headstone Inscription, St Philips Church Cemetery, Charleston, SC. Photographed by John Schneider, contribute to FindaGrave.com 25 Apr 2009.