This document is from a collection of financial papers related to the plantation operations of several generations of the Rouzee Family in Essex County, Virginia. The papers date from the 1790s through 1860.
This handwritten one page, double-sided document is titled "Slaves Belonging to E. Westmore / for June 1860." On one side of the document is a list men's first names and their ages, with dark diagonal slash marks crossing out last names and birthdates. A few names have additional notes of "Mulatto" or "Indian." There are 25 men total. The other side of the document is titled "Women + female Children" and lists 32 names and ages, with dark diagonal slash marks crossing out last names and birth dates. A few names have additional notes of "Mulatto" or "Indian."
A wrought iron cattle brand used by the Bell family. The brand is a solid piece of wrought iron with an open fitting at one end to accommodate a wooden shaft. A “U” shaped branding head is on the opposite end.
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.