Document for tax exemption of the enslaved man Benjamin, owned by Edward Rouzee

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Owned by
Rouzee Family, American
Medium
ink on paper
Dimensions
L x W: 2 1/4 x 6 3/8 in. (5.7 x 16.2 cm)
Type
financial records
tax records
Place made
Essex County, Virginia, United States, North and Central America
Date
July 21, 1806
Caption
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.
Description
A document from the Tappahannock Essex court dated July 21, 1806. The document orders that "the negro man slave Benjamin," property of Edward Rouzee, be exempted from taxes and levies. The document is signed at the bottom right by a Mr. Lee. There is a flourish below the signature. On the reverse is written, "Rouzee Edward order exempt negroe from levee." Both sides are handwritten in black ink and the paper has been folded multiple times.
Transcription Center Status
Transcription Available
Topic
African American
Agriculture
Business
Finance
Law
Men
Slavery
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Liljenquist Family
Object number
2011.104.35
Restrictions & Rights
Public domain
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Collection title
Liljenquist Family Collection
Portfolio/Series
Rouzee Family Papers
Classification
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Documents and Published Materials-Business and Legal Documents
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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