A bill of sale for an enslaved man identified as “Joseph or Joe." The document includes both printed and handwritten text. The document records two separate transactions for the man, one on the front and one on the back. The front of the document concerns a transaction that occurred On July 16, 1844. Henry P. Goldsmith of Chambers County, Alabama, purchased Joe for $465 from Joseph L. Lock and Charles Davis in Savannah, Georgia. Joe is described as 19 and of “bright mulatto colour.” The back of the document contains the second transaction, dated August 26, 1844. In this sale, Joe is transferred from Goldsmith to James Akins of Chambers County, Alabama for “value received.” Additional text is at the bottom of the page. G. S. Harding acted as witness to both sales.
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.