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Henson family papers, 1818-1943 bulk 1830-1900

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Creator:
Henson family
Subject:
Henson family
Physical description:
1 box (.18 linear feet)
Type:
Account books
Collection descriptions
Correspondence
Receipts
Leaflets
Newsletters
Financial records
Legal documents
Place:
United States
Anacostia (Washington, D.C.)
Washington (D.C.)
Date:
1818
1818-1943
bulk 1830-1900
Notes:
Tobias Henson, a slave in the Anacostia area, purchased his freedom in 1818. Through the 1820s and '30s, Henson bought twenty-four acres and the freedom of his two daughters and grandchildren. Henson added to his landholdings and by the 1870s his family was the principal landholder in the local black community. Family members retained ownership of the land until 1980.
Summary:
The collection, which dates from 1818 to 1943 and measures .18 linear feet, documents the personal, legal and financial activities of Tobias Henson, a slave who purchased his freedom in 1818, and his descendants. The collection is comprised of personal and business correspondence, receipts, loan agreements, leaflets, pamphlets, newsletters, certificates of title, summonses, accounts and other printed and manuscript materials, including Civil War-era paper money issued by the Confederate States of America and the Commonwealth of Virginia. Of note is a loan agreement between Tobias Henson and Henry Evans, dated 1833, wherein Evans provides Henson $155 to purchase his daughter, using her labor as the collateral for the loan.
Cite as:
Henson family papers, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Dr. Myrtle Henry
Topic:
African American families
African American soldiers
Freedmen
Slavery
Local number:
ACMA 06-030
Data Source:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives
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