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Written by:
S. W. Sanders, American, died 1853  Search this
Subject of:
Unidentified Woman or Women  Search this
Unidentified Man or Men  Search this
Elisha F. King, American, died 1852  Search this
John Edmunds, American, born 1813  Search this
Green B. Mobley, American, 1807 - 1877  Search this
Obadiah Belcher, American  Search this
Unidentified Child or Children  Search this
ink on paper
H x W: 12 3/8 × 7 7/8 in. (31.5 × 20 cm)
Place used:
Perry County, Alabama, United States, North and Central America
Place depicted:
Bibb County, Alabama, United States, North and Central America
An appraisal conducted on September 10, 1852 on a plantation owned by Elisha F. King in Bibbs County, Alabama. The appraisal is handwritten with blue ink, recorded on both sides of a single sheet of blue paper, folded in half to make four pages. Written in the top left corner of the front side is “State of Alabama / Perry County.” The document begins “Perry City personally appraised before me Sh[illegible] W. Sanders an acting Justice of the Piece [sic] in for said count John Edmond, [illegible] B. Moolley, Obadiah Belcher commissioners appointed by the House J. F. Bailey Judge of the probate court of Perry County for the purpose of appraising the personal property belonging to the estate of the late E. F. King…” The appraisal goes on to list the property at the plantation in Bibbs County, Alabama, over two pages. Making up the majority of the property are fourty-three enslaved men, women and children, listed as "negroes" with names and prices ranging from $350 to $1000. The enslaved are identified as:
Sarah & Child, Lucy & Child, Lane & 2 Children, Betty, Amy & 2 children, Mariah, Anacy, Tilda & 2 children, Catherine, Ann, Nelly, Rachael, Lizy, Susan, Mahaby, Phelan, Joseph, Caroline, Stokes, Jordain, Aalade, Dotia, Frank, Jacob, Merida, Noah, Sam, Moses, Fil, Jack, Isrel, Ben, Elijah, George, Mat
In addition to the enslaved persons, the property listing includes ten mules, also identified with names and prices, six cows and calves, 5 head of sheep, and other livestock; spades, hoes, iron wedges, blacksmith tools, a cotton gin and other plantation tools, a lot of bacon, and household furniture.
On the opposite side of the paper is a one page signed statement by Edwin W. King verifying the appraisal listing, dated September 21, 1852, and another page with the title "List of notes belonging to E of E.F. King." The page lists 15 debts with names, due dates, and amounts totaling $2617.60.
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African American  Search this
Agriculture  Search this
American South  Search this
Business  Search this
Children  Search this
Domestic slave trade  Search this
Families  Search this
Finance  Search this
Men  Search this
Slavery  Search this
U.S. History, 1815-1861  Search this
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Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of the Liljenquist Family
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Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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Collection title:
Liljenquist Family Collection
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Documents and Published Materials-Business and Legal Documents
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture