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John W. Norwood Letter to Francis T. Stribling

Identifier: Ms-2023-038

The John W. Norwood Letter to Francis Stribling discusses the mental health of Norwood's wife and her paranoia torward the people they enslave.

Dates: 1851

Overseer's Journal

Identifier: Ms-1994-010

This collection includes a journal of an unidentified overseer - possibly Erastus Bishop of Petersburg, Virginia - with names of enslaved people and amount of crops each person picked, including cotton, peas, corn. It also lists when and which enslaved person was sick each day, money obtained for a crop, home remedies for common illnesses, and the journey itinerary for a cargo ship.

Dates: 1853 - 1861

Jacob Sherman Legal Documents

Identifier: Ms-2019-027

The Jacob Sherman Legal Documents contain a complaint of Jacob Sherman and the testimony of Burgess R. Linkous regarding the sale of an enslaved person in Western Virginia in 1858.

Dates: 1858

Erasmus Stribling and David Fultz Indenture

Identifier: Ms-2023-033
Abstract The Erasmus Stribling and David Fultz Indenture, dated September 21, 1830, is between Stribling of Augusta County, Virginia, and Fultz of Bath County for the "term yet to come" for the work of enslaved people who Stribling "hired" from other enslavers. Some of the enslaved people named in the document include George Hodge, Sam Hamilton, Morriss, Sam McClintick, Big James, and Little James. They are listed as "employed on the Jackson River Turnpike in the possession and under the management...
Dates: 1830

Virginia Central Railroad Company Rental Receipt,

Identifier: Ms-2015-043

This collection contains a rental receipt for the labor of Isaac, an enslaved man. The receipt was issued by the Virginia Central Railroad Company in 1855 to Mrs. Elisabeth S. Lindsay and promises a payment of $175 to Lindsay after the one year rental period ends.

Dates: 1855 - 1857

Virginia General Assembly Bill No. 233,

Identifier: Ms-2015-022

Virginia General Assembly Bill No. 233 contains several amended versions of Bill No. 233. Each of the bills lists the rights and privileges given to free African-Americans living with in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The bill also discusses the process by which a free person can be sold into slavery if they have been convicted of a crime.

Dates: c. 1859-1861

Virginia Receipts for Enslaved Persons

Identifier: Ms-2022-038

This collection contains nineteenth century financial documents, including tax records for various Virginia residents. Also included are several hand-written receipts mentioning the sale or labor of enslaved people, including a Black child named Peter and a Black man named Bob.

Dates: 1823 - 1865

Samuel Williams Ledger

Identifier: Ms-2023-055

The Samuel Williams Ledger contains a "Memorandum of the amount Paid to Each of my Children Toward Their Legacies" with accompanying pages identifying ten children by name along with associated inheritance. The names of 18 men, women, and children enslaved by Williams are listed as well as property such as horses, cows, beds, and land.

Dates: c. 1839-1840

Barbary Wilson Deed of Emancipation for Harry

Identifier: Ms-2022-077

This collection contains a deed of emancipation signed by enslaver Barbary Wilson of Bath County, Virginia, freeing Harry, identified as a Black man, on January 5, 1822. Harry was one of 14 people that Wilson had enslaved and manumitted in 1822.

Dates: 1822

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