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Re: TOWNSEND Ohio 1860 & Indiana & Alabama

Townsend, Samuel, d. 1856. Estate papers, 1827_90. ca. 1000 items. Alabama planter. Correspondence, legal documents, and other papers. Primarily concerns the estate Townsend left in 1856 to 40 of his slaves whom he emancipated by a will which was drafted and executed by S.D. Cabaniss, and contested by rival heirs.

The estate was liquidated on credit for over $200,000 in 1860, but the war intervened, so the collectible funds were not distributed until the 1870's.

Also concerns the education and other affairs of the legatees, their disappointed expectaions, and trips on their behalf to Ohio by W.D. Chadicks, and to Kansas by Cabaniss. Includes material on the voided will of Edmund Townsend which left the bulk of his $500,000 estate to his two mulatto children.

University Alabama Libraries
Amelia gayle Gorgas Library

Art as i recall what the "emancipated" people, including the Afri-European children actually received was transportation expenses to Ohio. Will have to dig to find the will disposition. This was an Alabama Supreme Court case. Thes familes were residents of Huntsville (Madison County) Alabama)

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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