Deed of sale between William Walker and John and Joan Gunston

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Written by
Unidentified
Subject of
Walker, William, English
Signed by
Gunston, John, English
Gunston, Joan, English
Gunston, Ursula, English
Warren, Thomas, English
Bulkeley, William, English
Manby, James, English
Medium
ink on vellum
Dimensions
H x W: 20 3/8 × 28 1/8 in. (51.8 × 71.4 cm)
Type
deeds
indentures
Place made
Somerset County, England, Europe
Saint George, Barbados, Caribbean, North and Central America
Date
March 28, 1685
Description
A deed of sale document between William Walker and John and Joan Gunston for the sum of seven hundred pounds. The upper left corner of text is embellished with stylized writing. The bottom of the document has the signatures of John and Joan Gunston. Both signatures have attached seals with paper ribbons attached. The document begins “This Indenture made the Eight and Twentieth day of March In the first yeare of the reined of our Sovereign Lord James the second by the grace / of God of England Scottland Ffrance and Ireland King defender of the faith Anno Dni 1685 Betweene John Gunston and Joan Gunston Spinster both of Taunton Deane / in the county of Somersett Nephew and Niece Captain Thomas Gunston late of the parish of St. George in the island of Barbados (illegible) on the one part And William Walker / Cittizen and Ironmonger of London of the other part Withnesseth that they the said John Gunston and Joan Gunston as well for and in consideration of the summe of Seven / hundred pounds of lawfull money of England to them in hand payd by the said William Walker…” The middle of the document mentions the ownership and transfer of the Negro slaves. Written on the back side of the document at center is “28th March 1684 / Mr Jhn Gunston & Mrs Joan Gunston Conveyance / to Mr. William Walker.” On the back in the upper left corner is a small summary of the exchange of funds with witness signatures. In the upper right corner is a statement of understanding signed by Ursula Gunston. Witness signatures and a small wax seal stamp are also present.
Transcription Center Status
Transcription Available
Topic
African American
Business
Communication
Trans Atlantic slave trade
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
2010.1.316
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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Classification
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Documents and Published Materials-Business and Legal Documents
Exhibition
Slavery and Freedom
On View
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Concourse 3, C3 053
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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