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Texas Slavery Documents Collection, 1809-1866 | SHSU Special Collections & University Archives

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Title: Texas Slavery Documents Collection, 1809-1866Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

Extent: 1.0 Boxes

Arrangement:

Documents are located in legal sized folders and arranged chronologically.

The “SHH #” is a unique code containing bracketed letters and numbers that follow the organizational pattern set during a grant funded digitization project called Texas Tides.  The first letters in the brackets represent Sam Houston State University and are followed by the item’s identifying sequence, often correlating to a collection or sub-collection as delineated during the Texas Tides digitization process as well as the item number. For example, in the SHH # structure here [SHH III:3], SHH indicates Sam Houston State University, III indicates the third sub-collection and 3 indicates the item number within sub-collection III.

Subjects: Britton, James L., III, Slavery - Texas, Texas - History

Languages: English

Collection Historical Note

This collection was purchased and donated by James L. Britton, III.

The Texas Slavery Documents Collection (1809 – 1866; one box) contains handwritten correspondence, legal documents, and property inventories concerning slavery in Texas.  The collection contains descriptions of the hire of slaves belonging to third party owners, recovery of slaves, slave inventories for the sake of evaluating an estate, a promissory note charged against the value of a “good likely young black woman not more than twenty years old,” descriptions and valuations for a wide range of monetary compensation depending on the age, complexion, and gender of the individual.  Of special note is a petition to the court requesting that a colored girl be “bound for a period of eighteen years in exchange for her care and permission to adopt the petitioner’s name” dated 1866 which, if granted, would perpetuate the “peculiar institution” beyond the time of emancipation.

Subject/Index Terms

Britton, James L., III
Slavery - Texas
Texas - History

Administrative Information

Repository: SHSU Special Collections & University Archives

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Preferred Citation: Texas Slavery Documents Collection. Thomason Special Collections, Newton Gresham Library, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas.


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Folder 1: James Wilkinson Correspondence, 1809 May 22Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
[SHHVI:1] Statement concerned with receiving a slave called Jess from Mr. Thomas Barncal.  Sworn and subscribed before W.R. Grymrs at City of New Orleans.
Physical Description: 2pp 8X10
Folder 2: Robert Stevenson Promissory Note, 1838 September 18Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
[SHHVI:2] Promissory note for $267.50 for "the hire of two negroes by the names of Beck and James"
Physical Description: 2pp 8X10
Folder 3: Basil Iliams Legal Document, 1842 February 9Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
[SHHVI:3] Legal document regarding the recovery of two slaves, "a negro man named George and a girl named Lucy"
Physical Description: 2pp 8.5X12
Folder 4: R.G. Cartwright Inventory of Slaves, 1842 April 26Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
[SHHVI:4] Inventory of slaves in the estate of William P. King and the receipt for "one negro fellow named Dudly aged about 45 years"
Physical Description: 2pp 8.5X12
Folder 5: R.M. Taylor Bill of Sale, 1842 November 28Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
[SHHVI:5] Sale of a woman named Ester to Joseph Gladney.
Physical Description: 1p 8X10
Folder 6: Jesse Thompson Petition, 1843 January 16Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
[SHHVI:6] Petition for the sale of personal property of Jesse Thompson, deceased.
Physical Description: 4pp 8.5X12
Folder 7: Joseph Tom Promissory Note, 1843 August 11Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
[SHHVI:7] Promissory note to W. Pinchard pledging "two gentle and calves or twenty dollars" for the hire of his negro woman Cela.
Physical Description: 2pp 3X8
Folder 8: W.B. Perry Writ of Sequestration, 1844 September 7Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
[SHHVI:8] Writ of sequestration regarding the slaves of David Calloway, deceased.
Physical Description: 2pp 8.5X12
Folder 9: Josiah Daniel Inventory and Appraisal of Estate, 1845 April 28Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
[SHHVI:9] Inventory and appraisal of the estate of Alexander Brown.
Physical Description: 4pp 8X10
Folder 10: John Middleton Inventory of Estate, 1845 December 30Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
[SHHVI:10] An inventory of the property belonging to the estate of Nathan P. Browning, deceased.
Physical Description: 3pp 8.5X12
Folder 11: Robert Moore Promissory Note, 1846 July 3Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
[SHHVI:11] Promissory note for $400 "for value received which may be discharged in a good likely young black woman not more than twenty years old"
Physical Description: 2pp 5X8
Folder 12: J.D. Thomas Account of belongings to the Estate of Robert G. Anderson, 1847 March 29Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
[SHHVI:12] Account of Negro hire of negroes belonging to the estate of Robert G. Anderson.
Physical Description: 2pp 8.5X12
Folder 13: Samuel Yerger Petition, 1847 June 16Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
[SHHVI:13] Petition for the recovery of slaves named George and John.
Physical Description: 3pp 8X12
Folder 14: D.D. Crumper Court Order, 1850 May 22Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
[SHHVI:14] Court order for the sale of "two certain negro slaves"
Physical Description: 4pp 8.5X12
Folder 15: John Sellers Inventory and Appraisal of Slaves, 1853 November 28Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
[SHHVI:15] Inventory and appraisal of slaves in the estate of James Cook.
Physical Description: 4pp 6.5X15
Folder 16: Nashe Killough Will, undatedAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
[SHHVI:16] Killough's last will and testament bequeathing to his daughter "my negro woman Pauline with all her present and future increase"
Physical Description: 2pp 7.5X12
Folder 17: James E. Rucker Bill of Sale, 1857 February 3Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
[SHHVI:17] Sale of slaves at auction on a credit of twelve month.
Physical Description: 2pp 8.5X12
Folder 18: L.F. Price Bill of Sale, 1860 June 11Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
[SHHVI:18] Slave sale for $1375 of "a certain negro man named Bill supposed to be about twenty-eight old and black complexion and a slave for life"
Physical Description: 2pp 8X12
Folder 19: William Long Bill of Sale, 1860 July 9Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
[SHHVI:19] Slave sale of "Betsy aged about 28 years and her four children"
Physical Description: 4pp 8.5X12
Folder 20: James Cocks Deed of Trust, 1861 March 13Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
[SHHVI:20] Deed of trust pleading "that certain negroes named Mary, of black color and aged about nine years" for the payment of $350
Physical Description: 3pp 8.5X16
Folder 21: Slave Inventory, 1861 December 21Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
[SHHVI:21] Names and ages of negroes belonging to N. Franklin, Joab A. Hill, and Mary J. Hill
Physical Description: 1p 7.5X9.5
Folder 22: John Budd Pledge to Hire Slaves, 1864 January 1Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
[SHHVI:22] Pledge of $180 payment for the hire of three slaves "to wit, Aldrick, Nelson and Bubly for the year 1864
Physical Description: 2pp 5X8
Folder 23: William Dickerson Petition, 1866 MarchAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
[SHHVI:23] Petition to the court requesting that the colored girl named Lucinda be bound to the petitioner for a period of eighteen years in exchange for her care and permission to adopt the petitioner's name.
Physical Description: 2pp 8x10

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