Appraisal of a plantation owned by Elisha King listing 43 enslaved persons

Written by
Sanders, S. W., American, died 1853
Subject of
Unidentified Woman or Women
Unidentified Man or Men
King, Elisha F., American, died 1852
Edmunds, John, American, born 1813
Mobley, Green B., American, 1807 - 1877
Belcher, Obadiah, American
Unidentified Child or Children
ink on paper
H x W: 12 3/8 × 7 7/8 in. (31.5 × 20 cm)
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.
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Place used
Perry County, Alabama, United States, North and Central America
Place depicted
Bibb County, Alabama, United States, North and Central America
Collection title
Liljenquist Family Collection
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Documents and Published Materials-Business and Legal Documents
American South
Domestic slave trade
U.S. History, 1815-1861
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Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of the Liljenquist Family
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