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Created by:
Alfred Williams Morrison, American, 1802 - 1883  Search this
Subject of:
Samuel M. Morrison, American, born 1838  Search this
ink on paper (fiber product)
L x W: 10 3/4 x 8 3/4 in. (27.3 x 22.2 cm)
bills of sale
Place used:
Howard County, Missouri, United States, North and Central America
ca. 1860
A single sheet document listing sales of enslaved persons, farm equipment and acreage to various buyers from the papers of Alfred Williams Morrison. The information is presented in three columns with the buyers at left, a description of property (including names of enslaved persons) at center, and the price at right. The list of buyers includes S.M. Morrison (son of A. W. Morrison), J. L. Hughes, W.G. Boon, McGraw, and Jas. Richardson among others. The list of enslaved persons is "Boy Dick, Queen, George, Wash, Henry, and (illegible)." Also listed is "1 Yoke Cattle" and several parcels of land. The sales are listed in ink and there are various figures and equations written in graphite on the lower half of the document. There are no marks or inscriptions on the verso.
African American  Search this
Agriculture  Search this
Domestic slave trade  Search this
Finance  Search this
Slavery  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Ann Miller Schillinger
Object number:
Restrictions & Rights:
Public domain
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Documents and Published Materials-Business and Legal Documents
Slavery and Freedom
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NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Concourse 3, C3 053
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture