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Written by:
Mary Witsell, American, born 1782  Search this
Subject of:
Eliza Witsell, American, born 1815  Search this
Emanuel Witsell, American, born 1815  Search this
ink on paper
H x W: 12 1/16 x 7 3/4 in. (30.6 x 19.7 cm)
bills of sale
Place made:
Colleton County, South Carolina, United States, North and Central America
February 1844
A bill of sale for an enslaved woman named Nancy written at Witmarsh Plantation in the Colleton District of South Carolina by Mary Witsell in February 1844. It is a single page document handwritten in brown ink on linked paper. The price for Nancy is given as $125.63. Spaces remain blank where the buyer's name is to appear, where his or her legal representatives are meant to sign, and where the specific date in February should appear. The document reads in part: [bargain sell and deliver to the said (blank space) the / Negroe Slave named Nancy____ / To have and to hold the said Negroe Slave and / her future increase unto the said (blank space)]. At bottom right, in black ink, is Mary Witsell's signature and handwritten seal. At bottom left, in black ink, is the signature of two witnesses: [Eliza Witsell / Emanuel Witsell]. On the verso, which appears as the front when folded, is handwritten in graphite: Bill of Sale / From Mrs. M Witsell / of girl Nancy / February 1844].
African American  Search this
Domestic slave trade  Search this
Slavery  Search this
U.S. History, 1815-1861  Search this
Women  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift from the Liljenquist Family Collection
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Restrictions & Rights:
Public domain
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Collection title:
Liljenquist Family Collection
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Documents and Published Materials-Business and Legal Documents
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National Museum of African American History and Culture