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Thomas L. Preston, American  Search this
Subject of:
Sarah Buchanan Cambell Preston, American, 1778 - 1846  Search this
Charles H. C. Preston, American  Search this
Maria T. C. Preston, American  Search this
John M. Preston, American, 1838 - 1928  Search this
John M. Preston, American, 1788 - 1861  Search this
John S. Preston, American, 1809 - 1881  Search this
William C. Preston, American  Search this
Sally B. Floyd, American, born 1812  Search this
Margaret B. F. Hampton, American, born 1818  Search this
Susanna S. McDowell, American, born 1834  Search this
A. Sophonisba Breckenridge, American  Search this
E. H. Carrington, American  Search this
Unidentified Child or Children  Search this
Unidentified Man or Men  Search this
Unidentified Woman or Women  Search this
ink on paper
H x W: 10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.3 cm)
estate records
Place made:
Abingdon, Washington County, Virginia, United States, North and Central America
August 28, 1847
A printed document outlining the division of the estate of Mrs. Sarah B. Preston of Abingdon, Virginia. The document consists of printed black ink on a single sheet of off-white paper, bi-folded to make four pages. The main page is titled [Schedule of the Estate of Mrs. Sarah B. Preston.] at the top and divides the estate into two separate sections: [REAL ESTATE.], [PERSONAL ESTATE.], with the property items listed on the left and the inheritor(s) on the right. The personal estate has been further subdivided into [NEGROES.] and [HOUSEHOLD PROPERTY]. Within the "Negroes" section are twenty-nine (29) enslaved persons divided into six groupings by the person to inherit them from Preston. To T.L. Preston: [Jim Wallace, Jody, John Black, Allen, Cyrus Gannaway]; to M.B.F. Hampton: [Patience, John, Tom]; to John S. Preston: [Henry Spot, Polly, William]; to Wm. C. Preston: [Cook Lewis, Isaac, Alfred, Jim Reagan]; to S.C. Preston: [Barney, Old Phebe, Mahain, Little Phebe]; and [Willis, Charles Campbell, Old Henry, Speaker Ned, Ambrose, Spencer, old Charles, old Tom, Mary, Fanny] are noted as [Not devised, and falling therefore into residuary fund - left to sons.].
On the opposite side of the sheet is a page with a letter regarding the [foregoing Schedule exhibits the estate of Mrs. Sarah B. Preston, as devised by her will] and notes terms and valuations of the property "the Saltworks." It is dated [ABINGDON, VA., AUG. 28, 1847] at the top right and signed by [L. Preston Exc.] at the bottom right.
The final page with text has handwriting in landscape orientation reading [Co. W. C. Preston / Glenn Spring / SC]. Next to "Glenn Spring" is "Columbia," with a strikethrough. In a different hand at top left center, [Schedule of / my mother's property]. There are two round postmarks, one in faded brown ink for Abingdon, Virginia dated [AUG 31] and another in red ink for Columbia, South Carolina dated [11 SEP].
African American  Search this
American South  Search this
Finance  Search this
Slavery  Search this
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Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift from the Liljenquist Family Collection
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Public domain
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Liljenquist Family Collection
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Documents and Published Materials-Business and Legal Documents
Slavery and Freedom
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National Museum of African American History and Culture