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Bryan and Taliaferro families of Hawkins and Roane Counties.

Identifier: MM.2011.001

Scope and Contents

101. Slave Transfer. Estate Will, Hawkins Co. Tenn. 1831 - 1834. Joseph Bryan, Last Will and testament. His heirs are listed as children John Bryan, Thomas Bryan, Joseph Bryan, Rachel Proffit, wife of John Proffit, Betsy Sterling, wife of Thomas Sterling and Patsy Grady, wife of Duglas Grady. Son, James Morgan Bryan is given the home place and the Negro Slaves, Cenda and William. Minor son James Morgan and mother Betsey Bryan to stay on home place with minor sisters, Insey, Lettice, Peggy and Amanda. In the event that wife should marry, " son James Morgan to have immediate possession of the Slaves and tract of land and the proceeds thereof." He goes on to state how things are to be divided and that son James Morgan be given a 'horse, bridle and saddle worth one Hundred Dollars' when he turns 21 years. This will is specific in naming the tracts of land to be given his sons. Joseph received 100 acres in Hawkins Co. 'adjoining what is called the dry fields and which 100 acres is called the Golding Tract,' purchased from heirs of Wm. Golding. Apparently the other named sons and married daughters have already received "such parts of my estate as I esteem their share". This 4 page document is in the hand of Joseph Bryan and signed by him. Also bears the names of John Poindexter and Sterling Cocke. In 1842, the document was certified by Edward Tate, Grainger Co. Court Clerk, for the estate of Jos. Bryan, deceased. 102. Slaves, Sale of. Bill 0f Sale. State of Tennessee, Roan County, 1843. Richard H. Taliaferro to Chas. Taliaferro and Mitchell Rose. Deed of Trust for Two thousand dollars on the following property. "a parcel of Negroes-- one Negro man named Loudon, supposed to be near 45 years of age, one Negro woman named Sarah, aged about 43 years and their three children to wit Lidia, supposed to be four years old, one named Charles aged about three years, one named Catharine aged six months, one girl named Ann, aged about fifteen years, one boy named James aged about thirteen years, all of a black Color, Slaves for life and all of whom is sound, healthy and sensable . "The title, ages, health and sense of the said Negros Loudon, Sarah, Lydia, Charles, Catharine, Ann and James' are then guaranteed to be as stated "on said Negros for the use of Richard Taliaferro." Signed by C. Taliaferro, Mitchell Rose, Joseph Lane, George B. Farkner, Austin Greene at Kingston, Tn., and Robert Duncan. This official 3 page document testifies to the sale of entire Negro slave family, to be 'slaves forever', 5 in number, and two other teenaged children. Two Thousand dollars for 7 slaves. 103. Slave, Sale of. Receipt for money paid toward slave debt. Kingston, Roan Co., Tenn., 1861? Received of John W. Taliaferro, $150 applied to a credit on a note that E. M. Taliaferro had with T.M. Clark, deceased, "in payment of her notes given on the purchase of the boy, Charles, against the said John W. Taliaferro and Samuel Burnett given to Jesse Eldridge....". Austin Greene, admin. of Clarks estate, wants a receipt in settlement with James T. Shelley, Clerk. This 1 page official document mentions "the boy, Charles." Could be the same Negro slave, Charles, who was owned by Chas. Taliaferro, deceased, as Chas. Taliaferro is one of the subjects in this document. Clearly illustrates how slaves were conveyed as property and used as currency. 104. Slaves, Sale of. Note for payment of purchase of Slaves. Kingston, Roan Co. Tenn., 1857. Mitchell Rose promises to pay One Hundred and thirty five dollars for the benefit of the creditors of Chas. Taliaferro, deceased. "Said sum being in past consideration for negroes 'Loudon and Sarah' belonging to the estate of said deceased and sold this day under order of said Court." Slaves Loudon and Sarah were sold in 1843 by Chas. Taliaferro and Mitchell Rose to Richard Taliaferro, along with their children and two other teenaged slaves. Loudon and Sarah would have both been old by 1857 as they were 45 and 43 in 1843 and their monetary value would have decreased substantially. What happened to their children? They would all be about grown by 1857. Lidia would be 18, Charles 17, and Catharine 14 1/2 years. This official clerk document is signed by Mitchell Rose, D.A. Bacon, Benjamin Huffin, T.N. Clark. Half page. 105. Slaves, Sale of. Note for payment of purchase of Slaves. Kingston, Roan Co., Tenn., 1858. John W. Taliaferro promises to pay the court clerk "Fifteen hundred and twenty dollars and twelve cents, money belonging to the estate of Chas. Taliaferro, deceased, now in the hands of said Clerk and Master arising from the sale of Negroes belonging to said estate." It does not state how many or who they are, but again could be the slave couple Loudon and Sarah and possibly their children or some of their offspring. Document signed by John W. Taliaferro, D. A. Bacon, Samuel Pyott. Half page. 106. Slaves, Receipt For Clothes for Negros. 1857. Burnett and Taliaferro to Johnson Rose Co. (Roan Co.) Receipt says "2 coats for Negros, $9.00. Also 47 lbs. tallow. Taliaferro estate. Could be Chas. Taliaferro, deceased. Back side says "receipt for clothes for Negros" Size 4 x 6", handwritten. Could this be two coats for named slaves 'Loudon' and wife 'Sarah', who are named in several of the Taliaferro family Slave sale documents? The coats were bought in February. The Taliaferro Family was very active in the purchase and selling of Negro slaves in East Tenn. They also owned several slaves, among them the couple mentioned here, who would be near 60 years old at the time. They apparently tried to keep this couple and their 3 children in the Taliaferro family or close at hand with business friends. These slaves were apparently transferred among the family several times.


  • 1831 - 1861

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